Issue 92

Midwifery Today Issue 92Issue 92, Winter 2009/10

Theme: Massage / Touch

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Disturbing “New” Trends in Tear Prevention Threaten Midwives’ Autonomy

The author posits that the rise in third- and fourth-degree tears in Scandinavian countries stems more from the increased use of interventions such as induction and epidural than from the “hands-off” approach favored by midwives. Read more…. Disturbing “New” Trends in Tear Prevention Threaten Midwives’ Autonomy

The Stork and the Phoenix: Birth, Burnout and Rebirth

Author Michele Klein uses the archetypes of the stork and the phoenix to delve into the issues surrounding burnout within the midwifery profession, and provides examples of “phoenix midwives” who have reinvented themselves and their roles “with women.”

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Madison’s Birth

The author tells the story of her planned homebirth turned (unexpected) unassisted birth.

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The Great and Simple Teaching of Breath

Author Rose St. John describes the importance of breath practices during labor, and explains specific techniques for helping the birthing mother use her breath to maintain a relaxed state.

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The Rise and Fall of a Birth Junkie

A midwife describes both her passion for and addiction to the calling of midwifery, along with her subsequent burnout, and makes the case for prioritizing self-care within the midwifery profession.

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Reclaiming the Art of Breastfeeding

The author makes the case for a connection between natural, unmedicated birth and trouble-free breastfeeding, with a mother’s confidence in her innate abilities being the key to success in both areas.

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Letters from the Field: From the Congo to Chad

In compelling dispatches from the field, nurse-midwife Meredith Casella documents her experiences in Africa with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

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Birth Is a Human Rights Issue

…the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a landmark resolution acknowledging maternal mortality and morbidity as a human rights issue. The adoption of this resolution prods governments to “change the way they view maternal death… Read more…. Birth Is a Human Rights Issue

What Is a Birth without Loving Touch?

Naolí discusses touch as a basic need of all beings and, in particular, the benefits of loving touch-applied with awareness to the needs of the laboring recipient-during birth. Read more…. What Is a Birth without Loving Touch?

We Finally Made It Out of That Darn Hospital

Risked out of a homebirth for her first child, the author describes her disappointing experience with a hospital birth.

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C-section Scar Massage

This is the third of three articles by Elaine Stillerman in this issue. In this article, the author describes massage techniques for managing the development of the c-section scar and helping the surrounding tissues heal properly.

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A Not-So-Lost Art

A midwifery student describes the amazing experience of watching her preceptor turn a breech baby.

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