Midwife Shafia Monroe talks about the beauty and sensuality of pregnant woman, how we need to honor them during that special time. “Of course midwives love babies. We work hard to provide care to ensure that a woman has a healthy pregnancy and thus a vigorous baby. But in actuality, midwives love women.” Read more…. Midwives Honor the Sensuality of Pregnancy and Birth
Technology can make take away the beauty of birth, when used unnecessarily. Editor Jan Tritten argues that midwives are in a position to change the tide of unnecessary technology, using the evidence that is accruing. Read more…. Technology: Stemming the Tide
A flashback sends a midwife back in time almost 40 years to the traumatizing birth of her daughter. Read more…. Birth Rape: Another Midwife’s Story
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 85, Spring 2008. Subscribe to Midwifery Today Magazine The Second Nine Months by Vicki Glembocki [2008, Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 272 pages, paperback.] The Second Nine Months, a memoir that allegedly tells the real story of becoming a mom, is an object lesson on why… Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 85
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This is part two of a two-part series on Amicus Birth Center in Trinidad. See part one in Midwifery Today Issue 84. We hope that this successful model can be used by others. Read more…. Amicus Maternity Center: Part II
After more than a decade of trying to bring down the number of c-sections, some obstetricians are now reversing themselves and promoting more of them. In fact, a growing number of American obstetricians now urge women to “choose” a cesarean even when there is no medical indication that they need one. Read more…. Choose & Lose: Promoting Cesareans and Other Invasive Interventions
I found out I was pregnant in June of ’94 and suddenly everything was different for me. It was as if I had a gun to my head; I had to get better RIGHT NOW. I was convinced that if I didn’t I was going to be the worst mother on the planet. – from Shakta’s story Read more…. Listening to Survivor Moms
Technology…. It has helped us to grow as a nation, but in what direction? Here in the US we think we are so great with our technological advancements…
Read more…. What Can You Do to Make Changes with Care Today?
Photo by Jacqueline Kelly
You may have run into them when “Googling” something on the Internet: small communities of bloggers with common interests and common goals. In a world where finding time to gather together has become increasingly difficult…
Read more…. Blogging to Boost Your Birthing Business
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The interview with Lara was uncanny. The process of interviewing midwives was strange anyway, as I’d always been on the other side of the table, fielding the questions rather than asking them. I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to ask. It never occurred to me that I’d interview midwives—wouldn’t I just pick one of my colleagues?
Read more…. Face to Face: A Midwife’s Birth Story
My objective here is not to write anticipatory fiction, but to focus on one factor that will undoubtedly have an effect on the history of obstetric techniques and obstetric technology. Until now obstetric technology has thrived on a deep-rooted quasi-cultural lack of understanding of the basic needs of laboring women and of newborn babies.…
Read more…. The Future of Obstetric Technology
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In the ancient Roman world childbirth was a dangerous event with uncertain outcomes for mother and child. Rates of infant and maternal mortality were high, as they are in modern communities without obstetric care.(1) Pain relief and general sanitation were lacking and traditional methods of childbirth were largely influenced by folklore and religious practices in an agrarian environment.
Read more…. Childbirth in the Ancient Roman World: The Origins of Midwifery