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

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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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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What More Can We as Midwives Do about HIV?

The author discusses the shocking statistics on HIV and AIDs cases in Africa, shares some real stories and wonders what the future holds.

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The Cambridge Doula Program: Helping Women Access Their Deepest Courage

Cambridge, Massachusetts, has a unique doula program that matches doulas with pregnant women who speak a language other than English. This article describes the program and the good that has come from it.

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Tsunami Midwives: Learning to Burn the Umbilical Cord

Along with heartbreak and death, the great tsunami of 2004 in Sumatra also brought new challenges to traditions of birthing. Volunteers from Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit center, demonstrate how to protect babies from infection by burning the umbilical cord rather than cutting it.

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