Issue 131

Theme: Second Stage Labor

Most people think of the second stage of labor as the “pushing” stage, which gets the baby out. Our lead article in Issue 131, by long-time international midwife and author Vicki Penwell discusses a phenomenon she discovered that she calls “The Disappearing Second Stage,” in which the line between first and second stage vanishes. Read about this, as well as an indepth article on breech birth by Rixa Freeze; one that deals with birthing on the back position by Mary Ann Lieser; articles by Michel Odent, Sister MorningStar, Ireena Keeslar, and much more.

Wisdom of the Midwives: Fetoscope Use

Wisdom of the Midwives: Issue 131

If you use a fetoscope (obstetric stethoscope) during labor, how do you use it in your practice? If not, why not? If you do use a fetoscope, which one do you like best?  Read more…. Wisdom of the Midwives: Fetoscope Use

Media Reviews: Issue 131

Media Reviews: Issue 131
Go Ahead, Stop and Pee by Kate Mihevc Edwards and Blair Green| A is for Advice (The Reassuring Kind): Wisdom for Pregnancy by Ilana Stanger-Ross | Mother: An Unconventional History by Sarah Knott Read more…. Media Reviews: Issue 131

Photo Album: Issue 131

Carrington’s birth was epic. At 8:12 am, at 39 weeks, things started slowly. We called our doula at 3:30 pm as contractions grew. Around 6 pm, they were four minutes apart, so we headed to our homebirthing place. Once there, my support crew grew: my husband, parents, doula, photographer, and midwives. After an intense night of hard labor I saw the sun. It had already felt like an eternity.

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The Disappearing Second Stage

The author shares her experience after thousands of birth that labor is a continuum rather than being divided into stages. If left undisturbed, women will not even experience a “second stage.”

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 Read more…. The Disappearing Second Stage

The Bottom Line on Breech: Home, Hospital, and Birth Center Outcomes and Suggestions for Birth Attendants

The definitive paper on the safety and outcomes for breech birth at home and in birth centers, with helpful suggestions for midwives.

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The Future of Hypno-suggestive Methods in Childbirth

A short course in hypno-suggestive birth methods as well as predictions for the future.

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Time to Push! Who Says So?

With birth stories to illustrate her points, Sister MorningStar discusses variations in pushing times and why we need to stop trying to manage birth.

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Salt: A Simple Treatment for Umbilical Granulomas

This helpful article explains how a simple household ingredient can be used for a non traumatic treatment for a common problem.

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The Portable Office: The Introductory Consultation Visit

Learn what to cover in an initial free consultation visit for first-time homebirth clients.

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