Issue 91

Midwifery Today Issue 91Issue 91, Autumn 2009

Theme: Traditional Midwifery

Bonnie Urquhart Gruenberg is an artist, photographer and writer, as well as a practicing certified nurse-midwife and the owner of Birth Muse Press. Her portraits express a reverence for life, honoring the intimacy between mother and infant, the innocence of childhood and the honesty of horses. She is the author and illustrator of four books, including the award-winning Birth Emergency Skills Training: Manual for Out-of-Hospital Midwives. Visit her Web site at www.BirthMusePress.com.

The Preceptor-Student Relationship

The preceptor and student have a symbiotic relationship that serves to move the field of midwifery forward. This article outlines helpful tips for navigating this important relationship, the responsibilities of the student, and the ways in which both preceptor and student benefit from their collaboration.

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Chinese Pickled Ginger Pig Trotters: A Restorative Meal for Postnatal Mamas

The author shares the benefits of a traditional Chinese healing food for postnatal women. Recipe included!

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Viral Hepatitis: Some Considerations for Midwives

In the US alone, at least five million people are infected with hepatitis B or C, and the majority don’t even know it. There is a good chance that most midwives will work with women who are unaware that they are infected. This article discusses the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis from a midwife’s perspective.

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There and VBAC Again

The author describes her journey from expected repeat c-section to joyous VBAC.

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Trip to the Congo

The author describes her journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she and another doula teach the basics of healthy pregnancy and postpartum care to over 55 women from the surrounding regions, who will go on to serve as midwives for their communities.

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The Midwife and the Partograph

Marion discusses the use of the partograph in developing countries.

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Becoming Tradition

The author explores the concept of tradition as something that is fluid and conscious, by drawing on her own evolving relationships with two tradition-rich cultures: midwifery and the Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised.

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My First Doula Birth in a Ukrainian Birth House

This bittersweet story demonstrates how two cultures clash on the issue of birth. Sokol describes the experience of attending a Ukrainian couple’s birth in a birth house as a doula-in-training. This piece is one of four articles in this issue describing different aspects of birth in Ukraine.

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Traditional Midwifes of Caruaru, State of Pernambuco, Brazil

Author Regine Marton reports on the state of traditional midwifery in Brazil, including efforts to integrate traditional midwives into the health care system. In the town of Caruaru, she describes a strong active association of traditional midwives, leaders of the community, who are working hand in hand with the city and the state in order to achieve their goals.

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Stories of Extraordinary Central American Midwives

From the 1970s to the 1990s, a series of long, violent and bloody civil wars raged in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Marie Tyndall paints a portrait of two extraordinary traditional midwives who, in the midst of tragedy and violence, remained grounded figures of love and nurturance for their communities. Read more…. Stories of Extraordinary Central American Midwives

The Dream

A midwife’s story of attending a beautiful Ukrainian homebirth. This piece is one of four articles in this issue describing different aspects of birth in Ukraine.

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Bumi Sehat Aceh Traditional Village Midwifes Sharing Ilmu, the Spiritual Authority, Skill and Magic of Midwifery

In this update from non-profit Bumi Sehat, author Robin Lim describes their work with a group of village midwives in Aceh, Indonesia. These traditional midwives provide an invaluable service to local villagers, survivors of the 2005 Tsunami.

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