Issue 96

Midwifery Today Issue 96Theme: Waterbirth

The ever-increasing popularity of waterbirth warrants a fresh look at an old practice. This issue examines new research on the benefits of waterbirth for babies and takes a look at how waterbirth can make the work of mamas and midwives easier. Craniosynostosis, belly mapping and the role of spirituality in midwifery are also explored, along with birth stories from around the globe.

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Waterbirth and GBS

The literature suggests that low-risk women who give birth in water may have a far lower rate of newborn GBS than women who have a dry birth. Author, midwife and researcher Judy Slome Cohain culls through the research and delivers an in-depth look at waterbirth and GBS in this eye-opening article.

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Human Rights for Breech Mamas

Marion reviews research on vaginal breech birth, defending access to safe, vaginal birth for breech babies.

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The Second Was A Gift

The author overcomes her fears during her second birth and doesn’t let the string of “what ifs” overcome her determination to birth naturally, at home and in the water.

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My Waterbirth

Water plays a key role in this sweet story of a home waterbirth.

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A Motherless Mother

A mother shares a bittersweet tale of birthing her second child naturally and beautifully in the comfort of her own home — the same home in which her mother had recently died.

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A Tale of Two Births: The Healing Power of VBAC

A CNM professor discovers the usefulness of the Foley Bulb when her own daughter wishes to birth vaginally after a cesarean.

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Unusual Foetal Positions: Hand beside Ear

Jean Sutton, an expert in baby positions, offers sound advice for midwives facing the unusual “hand beside ear” position.

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The Birth of Jocelyn Mary

The author is reminded of the incredible importance of a natural, uninterrupted birth process while birthing her daughter, Jocelyn Mary.

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Birth As A Shape-Shifter

A quick, stirring retelling of a birthing woman who “sings her song of life and death, courage and fear, the end and the beginning.”

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Manisha’s Birth Experience

The author discusses birth in India and highlights the tale of Manisha, a 16-year-old in an arranged marriage who experiences an extended labor.

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Is That the Placenta?

A humor-infused take on natural third stage labor by an experienced homebirth midwife.

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The Same in any Language

A US midwife working in the Philippines experiences the sharp pain of telling a young mother that her baby has died in utero and realizes some human experiences are “the same in any language.”

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