Issue 140

Birth Interventions: A Double-Edged Sword

Speaking figuratively, a double-edged sword refers to something that has both positive and negative consequences. It will either hurt you or have a harmful cost, or it will help you and be good for you.

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It Will Strengthen Him

“Hello, this is Joy Marker.” The young voice spoke over the phone.
“Yes, Ms. Marker, how can I help you? You’ve reached the afterhours nurse.” It was Sunday morning around 5:30 am.

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Photo Album – Issue 140

Photo Album – Issue 140

Baby’s Name: Tekum Hatuey
Parents: Seymar and Francisco
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA • December 2018 • 8:12 am

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Interventions as Intercessions

“The altars have images of all the Marys and one small icon of Jesus (with a cloth well covering his naked body) because I never know which Mary one of my mothers might need to pray to,” explained Doña Gloria as we enjoyed a tour of her new birthing room.

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Five Essential Guiding Lights for Birth: Illuminating the Future of Midwifery

For compassionate, informed, powerful midwifery to continue evolving to its fullest potential in the twenty-first century, we need to expand our scope of guiding practices and principles beyond a single paradigm of any one system.

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Mother’s Voices: Midwifery Care Makes the Difference

Midwives the world over provide women with health care antenatally, during birth, postpartum, and when breastfeeding and raising young children. They provide education in all of these fields, as well as in family spacing, and also provide care in women’s general health. Midwives in different countries will have different regulations and rules for what care they can give, but all assist women during these transitional times of their lives.

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Interventions That Interfere with the Length of Pregnancy

It is usual, in the framework of modern obstetrics, to shorten the duration of pregnancy through such interventions as labor induction or pre-labor cesarean. This is the reason why we’ll summarize the conclusions of recent studies. Their common point is to suggest that the importance of the short phase of “physiological birth preparation” is underestimated (Odent 2019).

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Pass It On

When I entered the world of birth and midwifery in 1985, pregnant with my first child and determined to have a natural birth, there was no internet, no social media, and no famous overnight “influencers,” as we know them today.

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