Issue 93

Midwifery Today Issue 93Issue 93, Spring 2010

Theme: Homebirth

Pictured here is Laura Alter and her new baby, Emmeline Aurelie Alter. Michele Anderson, of Pinkle Toes Photography, creates images that are spontaneous, fresh and full of life. She loves watching how moms, dads, newborns and children interact with their families, and uses beautiful light, bold colors and deep contrasts to highlight those incredible moments. Her portfolio and recent work can be found at www.pinkletoes.com.

Late in the Game: How I Found a Midwife & Took Charge of My Birth Story

A registered nurse discusses why she switched—at 37 weeks—from planning a hospital birth with an obstetrician to giving birth naturally, in a free-standing birth center with a certified professional midwife and a doula. Read more…. Late in the Game: How I Found a Midwife & Took Charge of My Birth Story

A Midwife’s Tale of Homebirths in India

A midwife shares two stories of homebirths in India, including her first-ever home waterbirth.

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Are We Ready to Standardize Homebirth?

A paradigm shift in national health care is imminent. If traditional midwives want to be a part of it, argues Linda Lieberman in this provocative essay, they may have to be willing to temper their renegade spirits and make a few compromises.

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Nuchal Cords Are Necklaces, Not Nooses

Using research based on more than 180,000 births, Judy Slome Cohain investigates the medical myth surrounding nuchal cords and argues that practitioners should stop testing prenatally for cords wrapped around babies’ necks and, instead, treat nuchal cords as common, normal and safe occurrences.

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My Journey into Planned Homebirth in Venezuela

A Venezuelan doctor dedicates himself to attending homebirths in his country despite the obstacles thrown at him by government officials, other doctors and others who refuse to see past the accepted, technocratic model of birth. Read more…. My Journey into Planned Homebirth in Venezuela

Capturing My Sense of Pregnancy

A mother-to-be remembers the “fiery, grey-haired, political activist” midwife who caught her two younger brothers and says these memories helped shape her lifelong belief that birth is a natural, normal experience that is best done at home, in the presence of loved ones and a trusted midwife.

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Don’t Risk Yourself Out of a Homebirth—Prevent Gestational Diabetes

A childbirth educator cautions that nutrition is the key to preventing gestational diabetes and having a healthy homebirth.

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Answering the Question of Homebirth

Pleased that her midwives were there to support her during two normal, physiological births at home, a mother discovers that, when things turned abnormal, the medical world was also there to care for her.

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Pascual’s Beautiful Home Waterbirth in Malaysia

A mother shares her waterbirth story and urges others to have faith in the process of birth, their bodies and their babies.

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A Beautiful Birth

An intensely poignant story about a very surprising homebirth, excerpted from midwife Carol Leonard’s book, Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga.

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