Sudy Storm shares another engaging true story of volunteering in Sierra Leone, this time accompanied by her wise-beyond-her-years granddaughter, Kassy. Read more…. The Littlest Midwife
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
Female genital mutilation continues to be a reality and a rite of passage for girls in Kenya, despite the laws now prohibiting it. The author tells about her personal observations of this damaging and traumatic practice. Read more…. The Cut
Despite a series of misadventures, the woman featured in this story has a nice birth.
Contributing Editor Judy Slome Cohain writes about her experiences training to be a 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
A first-person account of the effects of abuse prior to and during pregnancy.
The author tells us why she is involved in good birth, and how it can be healing for women with a history of abuse. Read more…. El parto como sanidad
Learn about the amazing placenta and its many uses.
Jan discusses how midwives can help with a problem that is rarely discussed: the impact of becoming a father on men who were abused. Read more…. Fathers Who Were Abused
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.
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.