Photo (from left to right): Heloisa Lessa, Jan Tritten, Naolí Vinaver, Christina Alonso, Araceli Gil, Elizabeth Davis
Cristina Alonso writes about Red Internacional de Parteras Independientes (RIPI), a network of midwives, women and natural birth advocates weaving together their strength, knowledge and profound belief in birth. Read more…. Red Internacional de Parteras Independientes (RIPI)
Elizabeth Davis at the Eugene Conference in 2005
Learn about and be inspired by Elizabeth Davis, author of Heart and Hands, expert on women’s issues and midwifery teacher, in this compelling interview with graphic designer Heather Long. Read more…. Elizabeth Davis – An Interview with Heather Long
Anciona Juarez Arrosco tells the story of a traditional Mexican midwife, who has practiced for more than 30 years. Taken from the book, Voices of the Maya Midwives, by Sarah Proechel, the article relates some of the traditional herbal and other practices of midwifery that have been in use for many years. Read more…. Anciona Juarez Arrozco
While recent research concluded that VBACs are riskier in birth centers than the hospitals, the author points out some of the other problems that the authors of the study failed to note, such as the fact that being in a hospital increases the risk of a cesarean and on future pregnancies. Read more…. Vaginal Births After C-section Are Not Necessarily Riskier in a Birth Center than in the Hospital
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Vanessa Brooks tells of what led her to start her birth center Da-a-Luz and shares the evolving realization of her dream for pregnant women in Spain.
Read more…. I Was Blessed: A Lay Midwife’s Story
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Midwives for Midwives trains community midwives in Guatemala, filling a need that was created when professional midwifery schools were eliminated there in the 1970’s. The authors share facets of the program, wondering whether it will succeed in the current political climate.
Read more…. Guatemala: Has the time come for a national midwifery certification program?
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The author takes a trip to Mexico to experience midwife-assisted birth in another culture.
Read more…. A Mexican Adventure
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A look back at a traditional midwife in Québec in the early 1900’s.
Read more…. Sage-femme
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Frequent Midwifery Today contributor, Piper Martin, discusses the effect of sexual abuse on pregnancy and birth and suggests some homeopathic treatments.
Read more…. Sexual Abuse and Pregnancy—A Homeopath’s Perspective
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This short story of a breech birth will have you on the edge of your seat.
Read more…. Miracle Birth
Photo by Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz
The final article in the five-part series on HIV and Pregnancy by Nancy Miller. This is essential information for anyone who is working with HIV-infected mothers.
Read more…. HIV and Breastfeeding: What We Do and Do Not Know in 2005
In this second part of a series on midwifery in the twenty first century, the author talks about the caring hearts and the wisdom of midwifery. She recommends that all midwives share their stories with the world. Read more…. Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Midwife Lessons