Issue 94

Midwifery Today Issue 94Issue 94, Summer 2010

Theme: Birth is a Human Rights Issue

Cover photo by Philip McCormick is a street portrait of a boy at a marketplace in Bali, Indonesia. McCormick specializes in street photography, portraiture and landscapes. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout India and Southeast Asia and has a large body of work from that part of the world. He now lives in the UK. To view his portfolio or contact McCormick, visit his Web site: pmccormickphoto.com.

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative: A Human Rights Approach to Optimal Maternity Care

This article outlines the 10 steps developed by the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative to help ensure that women everywhere are guaranteed the basic human right of humane and evidence-based maternity care. Read more…. The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative: A Human Rights Approach to Optimal Maternity Care

The Issue of Birth Rights

Humans are instinctual creatures, writes Sister MorningStar in this potent essay on the issue of birth rights. “Disturbed, the bodily functions of an instinctual animal will stop,” MorningStar writes. “Humans deserve the right to birth in their natural environment where they feel safe and with their own ‘kind‘.” Read more…. The Issue of Birth Rights

Shasti Ma

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 94, Summer 2010.Subscribe to Midwifery Today Magazine When we were interviewing dais (traditional Indian midwives) about their experiences at births, their techniques, skills and rituals, everyone we interviewed, including one Muslim dai, mentioned Shasti Ma, the goddess of childbirth. The dais talked about how they… Read more…. Shasti Ma

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A Hidden Tragedy: Birth as a Human Rights Issue in Developing Countries

Author Vicki Penwell delves into one of the world’s greatest injustices: While a mother dies during childbirth every minute of every day, only 1% of these deaths occur in the developed world. Read more…. A Hidden Tragedy: Birth as a Human Rights Issue in Developing Countries

The Dangers of Planned Hospital Births

Midwife and researcher Judy Slome Cohain dissects currently available published research and finds that hospital birth is never safer than a planned, attended homebirth for low-risk women.

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Dear Rose

In this simple yet touching tale, midwife Gloria Lemay remembers a birth she attended by penning a letter to the baby, Rose, who is now a full-grown young woman.

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One Trip around the Sun

A father retells the story of his family’s year in India leading up to the birth of his second son, Shepherd Ketan.

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Medical Progress in 2110? A Parody

Moved by the thought that we should birth our children as we conceive them, a mother wonders what might happen if, 100 years from now, we conceive our children as we birth them—in a starkly lit hospital, monitors strapped on and specialists at the ready.

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Brazilian Love Rebels: Bringing Awareness and Consciousness to a Birth-broken Nation

Native Brazilian author Ana Paula Markel attends a birth conference in Brazil and finds a group of “Brazilian love rebels” leading a social revolution that questions unnecessary medical interventions and embraces empowered birth.

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Pushing Through: A Tale of Homebirth After Cesarean

Devastated by an unnecessary c-section, the author finds peace with her second birth: an unhurried home waterbirth attended by a midwife and doula.

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The New Generation of Rincoeño

A new mother recounts her homebirth, attended by Puerto Rico’s last traditional midwife, Ruth “Ruli” Delgado, who recently retired after more than 30 years and 400 babies.

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