Issue 90

Midwifery Today Issue 90Issue 90, Summer 2009

Theme: Healing From Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography is a lifestyle photographer in Austin, Texas, where she provides bold and original portraits for families: maternity, birth, newborn, children and seniors. View her galleries and latest works at www.pinkletoes.com.

Creating the Space for Healing Antepartum Care in Women with Trauma History

Women who have been abused and traumatized may experience a variety of issues related to pregnancy and birth. Maryl Smith discusses developing awareness of signs and triggers, as well as how to work with such women and help them feel safe. Read more…. Creating the Space for Healing Antepartum Care in Women with Trauma History

A Special Homebirth in India

Despite a series of misadventures, the woman featured in this story has a nice birth.

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Learning to Be a Midwife

Contributing Editor Judy Slome Cohain writes about her experiences training to be a midwife.

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Early Trauma, Its Potential Impact on the Childbearing Woman, and the Role of the Midwife

One of the authors of the book, When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women, describes many of the ways early abuse or trauma may negatively affect the survivors’ later experiences with childbearing and offers some tips for midwives… Read more…. Early Trauma, Its Potential Impact on the Childbearing Woman, and the Role of the Midwife

Memorandum and Advice from an Abuse Survivor

A first-person account of the effects of abuse prior to and during pregnancy.

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Survivor Moms: Multiple Trauma Exposures and the Development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

One of the authors of the new Motherbaby Press Book, Survivor Moms: Women’s Narratives of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, provides a snapshot of types of trauma exposures reported by first-time mothers in the Midwest and how they relate to risk of PTSD.

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In My Opinion: Birth as a Vehicle for Healing

The author argues that midwives don’t have to be expert therapists to help women who have been sexually traumatized; she can guide the woman through using birth as the healer.

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