Issue 84

Saving Lives

This story is only one of many that can help to change birth for the better. Learn about the use of Yunnan Paiyao for postpartum hemorrhage in this excerpt from Sister MorningStar’s upcoming book. Read more…. Saving Lives

Amicus Maternity Center: Part I

This is part one of a two-part series on Amicus Birth Center in Trinidad. See part two in Midwifery Today Issue 85. We hope that this successful model can be used by others. Read more…. Amicus Maternity Center: Part I

Birth Changing US Changing Birth

Not only has birth itself changed over the years, but birth changes individuals. This birth story illustrates how we can change birth by allowing it to change us.

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Birth Change

One of my most important roles in my midwifery life is that of encourager. My desire is that you carry out the dreams given to you – and I know you have them. I delight in telling about people carrying out their dreams as a way, hopefully, to inspire you. Read more…. Birth Change

Interview with Brian Loveless, DO

Even some doctors are tiring of the medical model for normal risk childbirth. This interview with an osteopathic physician explains why he and his wife chose homebirth for their second child.

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Positive Birth Stories Transform Fear into Confidence and Prospects into Clients

We can change birth by telling positive, rather than negative, birth stories. We need to counter those negative stories that predominate in the US culture of birth.

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Comprehensive Care in the Prevention of Ectopic Pregnancy and Associated Negative Outcomes

More than 1% of pregnancies are ectopic, and these numbers are increasing. Knowing what causes it can help to bring those numbers down.

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When Love Hormones Become Useless

Women undergoing cesareans without labor miss a chance to get love hormones, which are crucial to civilization.

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Husbands & Homebirth

Men are frequently the naysayers when it comes to homebirth. The author shares some of her experiences and concludes that one important birth change that needs to occur is to bring husbands on board as homebirth supporters.

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Changing Childbirth: The Latin American Example

Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of giving talks in 10 Latin American countries: Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.…

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Marion’s Message: Plus ça change…

When I was 21 years old and newly graduated from a Bachelor of Science nursing program, I had enough money left in my college fund to go to Europe for a few months. A woman friend and I went to Paris where I studied French at the Sorbonne and lived well on $150 per month. I learned about politics, philosophy and life. Some old sayings seemed more meaningful in French, like, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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A Modern Midwife’s Experience with Ancient Maya Techniques of Abdominal/Uterine Massage

The author shares some brief theory and many anecdotal experiences that are representative of what women report from the use of Maya Massage. Read more…. A Modern Midwife’s Experience with Ancient Maya Techniques of Abdominal/Uterine Massage

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