Issue 75

Midwifery Today Issue 75Theme: Birth without Borders

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Luna Llena: Centro de iniciación a la partería en Oaxaca

De todas maneras nosotras atendemos el parto con nuestro conocimiento, nuestras hierbas, nuestras sobadas y nuestros rezos porque la partera significa vida, luz, amor, trabajo, mujer, responsabilidad, confianza, calidad, economía, esmero, cariño, amabilidad, satisfacción. Esto es lo que nos hace indispensables y diferentes. Y por esto, aunque haya centro de salud en nuestra comunidad las señoras van a atenderse con nosotras. Read more…. Luna Llena: Centro de iniciación a la partería en Oaxaca

Midwifery and International Maternity Care

We Americans are consumed with the need to believe that we are number one. But here’s a wrenching fact: 41 countries have better infant mortality rates than the US. Read more…. Midwifery and International Maternity Care

Preserving Simple Birth

I am MorningStar and I believe in the stories and prayers of the people to preserve simple birth. As a Native American and a retired midwife with thirty years of experience…I feel confident, excited and encouraged that we will face the challenge before us and simplify birth. Read more…. Preserving Simple Birth

Egyptian Pharmacopia in Luxor

A Selection of International Nutritional & Herbal Remedies for Breastfeeding Concerns

Throughout history, women from around the world have discovered remedies made from herbs and foods for specific breastfeeding conditions. The authors share some of those.

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Artwork, Family by Stephanie Rodriguez

Homebirth Advocacy

Judy Hagan comments on the increasing medicalization of birth, including the role of some midwives in perpetuating it. She goes on to discuss how she, as a midwife, has handled her business, and the need to advocate for home births.

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Bringing Good Birth to the Light

We are in a profession that can give the greatest joy humankind has known—birth. In Spanish, birth is termed a more poetic "dar a luz," bring to the light. We, as midwives, need to bring to the light the truth about what childbirth can be. Read more…. Bringing Good Birth to the Light

Afghanistan

This article provides us with a look into birthing in Afghanistan during 2004.

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Women’s Secrets: Childbirth in Rural Ethiopia

“When a labor is long and difficult, women of the village put huge rocks on their shoulders and walk around the hut to take some of the burden of the mother’s pain and encourage her to keep going.” This and other village childbirth traditions are shared by Danyanish Mekkonen, traditional Ethiopian midwife.

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Teri Ewing at the Temple of Heaven

A Hospital Visit in China

Few Chinese have homebirths; according to the author, those in the hospital are rushed and immediate bonding with the mothers is not seen as important. This article provides a fascinating thumbnail sketch of a Chinese obstetric ward.

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Marion’s Message: Gratitude to the Cultures

My first day at the conference, I noticed a number of Native American participants. I felt gratitude and joy at their presence. Our lives are enriched when we are able to interact with people of different cultural backgrounds. Further, the roots of indigenous cultures that have lived on the same land over centuries connect us through time to the ancient ways in a unique manner.

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