Issue 135

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Photo Album – Issue 135

Photo Album – Issue 135

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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 135

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 135

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Hemorrhage

What do you do to prevent postpartum hemorrhage? How do you handle it if one comes along? Have you used placenta, membranes or cord to stem it? Do redheads bleed more?

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My Path to Midwifery

The winter moon was rising. No babies tonight, so I volunteered to go home. I called security to walk me to my car. Just beyond the parking lot, food stamps were being traded for something to make the pain of living recede. Gunshots often echoed outside the walls of the labor wing. I was an OB nurse, in the midst of a system that often created birth violence, working with bold midwives to protect birth.

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Placenta, Membranes, and Cord to Stop Bleeding

If all midwives and birth attendants had known about using the placenta, membrane, or cord for hemorrhage control, many lives could have been saved. If all midwives learned about this and were willing to use it, so many more would be saved. Hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death globally. Think of all the maternal deaths that could be and could have been avoided. These resources are always present at a birth. Membranes and cord can be used if the placenta is not born yet. Gail Hart taught me that. She said that the membranes and cord have even more oxytocin and other useful hormones than even the placenta. Read more…. Placenta, Membranes, and Cord to Stop Bleeding

Hemorrhage in Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum

Hemorrhage is the number one cause of maternal death worldwide, and in the US as well. In most developed countries it is a less frequent cause. A study of the differences between the US and other developed countries might yield clues to prevention of unnecessary maternal deaths.

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Putting an End to the Global Slaughter of Women Bleeding to Death

Regular everyday events are rarely newsworthy. The media typically induces emotional reactions through constant reports of deaths related to emerging diseases, accidents, murders, human conflicts, and natural disasters. There is a widespread tendency to ignore the amplitude of chronic problems. Few people realize that bleeding is the single most common cause of maternal deaths worldwide. Read more…. Putting an End to the Global Slaughter of Women Bleeding to Death

Silent Hemorrhage

“But it didn’t hurt,” Beth told me straightforwardly as she cradled her sweet baby nuzzling in for a snack before nap at six weeks. I like to review births with mothers at various points during their postpartum, lying-in time. The 6-week or 40-day visit inevitably offers new perspectives. Beth had a herstory of excessive blood loss during childbirth.

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Why Is the Birth Door Not Being Assessed?

We do a great job of caring for our pregnant clients. Traditional pregnancy assessments rely on the typical exam routine: assess the vital signs, uterine and fetal position, and development of both the baby and the pregnant woman. This narrow focus in a routine visit is missing the three key assessments that will help pregnant clients and baby achieve a smoother birth and faster recovery. During these visits, the client’s body needs more attention as it approaches labor—especially the “birth door.”

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The Future of Homo In the Age of Question Marks

The age of Covid 19 has reinforced interest in The Future of Homo, the latest book by Michel Odent, published by World Scientific.

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