Issue 95

Midwifery Today Issue 95Theme: First Stage

Packed with informative, clinical articles related to the first stage of labor, this issue will help midwives understand the dangers of epidurals; the pros and cons of rupturing membranes; and the wonders of using homeopathic remedies for labor and birth. Also included in this issue: Author Leah Hazard discusses the unique cycle of fear, tension and panic that fathers experience during their partners’ labor and birth; midwife Carol Gautschi discusses her views on first stage; and a midwife working in Haiti gives an eloquent update on one Haitian birth clinic’s role in helping earthquake survivors.

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Like Cures Like. Homeopathy for Labor and Birth

In the first part of this two-part series on homeopathy, midwife Diane Gregg advises other birth practitioners on using homeopathic remedies during labor and birth, citing case studies from her own practice. Included in this article are handy, homeopathic remedy charts perfect for clipping out, laminating and sticking in your birth kit.

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Before the First Wave: Midwife Carol Gautschi Shares Her Views on First Stage

Veteran midwife Carol Gautschi shares her insights on the first stage of labor and offers practical advise to midwives.

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A Story of Homebirth after Cesarean

After undergoing a c-section with her firstborn, a mother finds hope and comfort planning her vaginal birth after cesarean, then birthing her daughter at home.

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Who Counts Where I Come from?

As a Cherokee daughter, I wondered who was counting me and counting where I come from. My people live in the hills of Missouri, not on a reservation. In the government schools, the teachers often would ask, “How many of you come from _____?” There never was an answer that counted me. Read more…. Who Counts Where I Come from?

Santa Fe Homebirth

A father details the birth of his daughter, who entered the world surrounded by loved ones, in her mother’s childhood home near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The Gift of Intuition

A group of Hawaiian certified nurse-midwives share their thoughts on midwives’ intuition and spirituality in childbirth.

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Birthing to Redeem

Scarred by a negative birth experiences, a mother finds redemption in a natural, midwife-assisted birth.

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Deceleration Phase

A midwife draws on her art history knowledge, visualizing and contemplating “the truest blue ever painted on canvas,” as she births her second child, Azure, at home.

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From Russia with Love

When the lovely young couple who publish Home Child magazine in Russia joined us last year at our Copenhagen conference, I had no idea that this meeting would birth such amazing ideas and start to shake up the birth movement on an international level. Read more…. From Russia with Love

Ordinary Miracle: The Homebirth of Ava Christine

Looking forward to her planned homebirth, a mother finds that her fourth birth experience brings all the joy, love and happiness she expected, as well as something she didn’t anticipate—her longest first stage of labor yet!

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Study Shows Mothers’ Lives Saved

More than 20 years of efforts by maternal child health care workers has paid off with the news that pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths worldwide have decreased substantially since the Safe Motherhood Initiative began more than 20 years ago. This information comes from an in-depth study led by researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle and published in The Lancet (1) earlier this year. Generous funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation allowed them to search out and include in their analysis data that had not been used in previous maternal mortality estimates, achieving more complete and accurate results.

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