Issue 50

Four Birth Stories

Two of my doulas at each of my last two births were my daughters. My oldest daughter was almost five and my second was 20 months old at my first homebirth. They were 17 and 14 years old at my second. Read more…. Four Birth Stories

Why Homebirth?

Women are becoming increasingly unhappy with their hospital birth experiences as the result of a multitude of factors, in particular the advent of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and the proliferation of intervention that goes with hospital based modern health care.
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Healing Through Homebirth

I met Jill in January. She knew she was pregnant, but not how far along she was. She had experienced a recent episode of bleeding that lasted for weeks. Without giving her any diagnosis of what was causing her bleeding, the physician had treated her with birth control pills and pain medication. Read more…. Healing Through Homebirth

Homebirth: What Are the Issues?

There is no shortage of evidence to support the fact that homebirth is safe, satisfying and empowering for women and their families. It is also a much-neglected option for childbearing women in Western society today. Read more…. Homebirth: What Are the Issues?

The Personality of Birth

I love it that you never really know the personality of each birth until it unfolds. Birth, the interaction of mother, baby and family with all their past and present, is the doorway to the future and will be decorated in its own way. Read more…. The Personality of Birth

Pelvises I Have Known and Loved

What if there were no pelvis? What if it were as insignificant to how a child is born as how big the nose is on the mother’s face? After twenty years of watching birth, this is what I have come to. Read more…. Pelvises I Have Known and Loved

Drugs in Labour: What Effects Do They Have 20 Years Hence?

Childbirth is a normal physiological event. However, since the advent of universal hospitalisation, for the majority of women childbirth has been transformed into a medical event where labour is processed, monitored and controlled by the medical profession from beginning to end. Read more…. Drugs in Labour: What Effects Do They Have 20 Years Hence?

Ultrasound: More Harm than Good?

…figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed what too many parents and educators already knew: The incidence of autism is high, making it an "urgent public health issue," according to [the] director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Read more…. Ultrasound: More Harm than Good?

Home: Our Birth Right

For the Inuit, a paternalistic government assumed they would prefer to be flown out to “safer” surroundings of big city hospitals far from home…. It took strong, determined native midwives to restore the continuity of birth and family care back to their community. Read more…. Home: Our Birth Right

A Declaration of the Rights of Childbearing Women

Birth is easy. Obfuscating medical factoids make it hard. Modern obstetrical knowledge is based on false hospital outcomes; more is known about how bedridden patients give birth than how real, panting, sensual women give birth. Read more…. A Declaration of the Rights of Childbearing Women