Paris, 2001: Midwifery Today International Conference

This is a conference Michel Odent and I have been dreaming about and working on for several years. It was a dream and a plan come true.

What Midwives Need to Know about Postpartum Depression

With the birth of my daughter nine years ago, my family seemed complete. Her birth was an event filled with a joy I never could have anticipated. Several months after delivery, however, and seemingly without warning, fulfillment turned to confusion, withdrawal and hopelessness.

Cuban Maternity Homes

Imagine health care as a right, not a privilege. One of the many successes of the Cuban revolution is its dedication to creating a comprehensive medical system accessible to all citizens free of cost.

Birth, Love and Death

It is a well-known fact that the template for a child’s psychological development is laid down in earliest infancy. But did you ever consider that the experience of being born sets up the most fundamental predispositions and life reaction patterns we have?

From the United Kingdom

As I prepare this article… I am conscious of two major reports released here in the U.K. in recent months. As I have been reflecting on them I know their message is pertinent to women and midwives all over the world and it felt appropriate to draw your attention to them.

How Do You Feel About Giving Up Your Freedom?

I was shocked at this quote by Beverly Beech in the British Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services…

Birth of a Midwife

For ages the expertise and experience of the elders was handed down to younger generations. It was not a matter of choice, merely a matter of survival. If they didn’t share their knowledge of the way life revealed itself, then that knowledge was lost. Midwifery is not different by any means.