Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism

…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.

Korutun’s Birth

This article is an excerpt from the book Monique and the Mango Rains, reviewed in the last issue of Midwifery Today. It tells the story of a difficult birth in Mali, Africa; two birth attendants have a personal discussion about female genital mutilation.

Todas Somos Parteras

Hace siglos el nombre partera y sus variantes, matrona y comadrona, se registran en la biblia y en cada continente para definir a la mujer sabia, con habilidades específicas para atender a la madre y su criatura durante la gestación, el parto y el cuidado posparto. ¿De dónde nace el nombre y sus atributos? Cada país o región nos muestra un pedazo de historia similar y otro distinto. Algo que tenemos en común es que por varios siglos la profesión se aprende entre mujeres en el ambiente social.

We Are All Midwives

enturies ago names meaning midwife or matron were recorded in the Bible and on every continent to define a wise woman who has specific skills to assist the mother and her baby during the periods of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Embracing the Unknowns of Birth

The message in this article in our Phase II series is respect for the motherbaby dyad and embracing the unknowns of birth.

Here We Go Again

Editor in Chief Jan Tritten her response and the responses of three other birth professionals about The Lancet’s series of papers on solutions to maternal mortality internationally.


This is the first of four articles on bullying, a problem that has been identified within the profession of midwifery, as well as in many other areas. The next issue will feature The Bully (identifying the bully).

Healing the Trauma: Entering Motherhood with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

When seeking help, you may be told that you are experiencing the baby blues or PPD, either of which may be present with PTSD. However, along with the typical weepiness, anxiety and depression of PPD, key symptoms of PTSD include insomnia, irritability and angry outbursts, panic attacks, nightmares…