Issue 99

Midwifery Today Issue 99Theme: The Role of Story in Birth

A good birth story has the power to inspire, educate and entertain. Yet, the role story plays in birth goes well beyond the telling of our personal tales. Stories and storytelling “are fundamental to the development and maintenance of a woman-centered body of knowledge.” This issue takes you inside the experiences of birthing mothers and dancing midwives, considers the impact of the negative birth story and offers tips for starting your own birth story circle. Clinical articles on intrauterine infections and shoulder dystocia, and a special series on midwifing stillbirths are also included.

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Birthtellers: Healing Birth through Conscious Storytelling

Who are the Birthtellers and why are they so important to preserving normal, safe birth? Are you one? Learn more about the importance of stories and how to tell a good one in this informative and engaging article. Read more…. Birthtellers: Healing Birth through Conscious Storytelling

Global Midwifery Council

The birth of the Global Midwifery Council was in June of 2010 at the Home Child/Midwifery Today Conference in Moscow, Russia. It was born to change the paradigm of birth around the world. Read more…. Global Midwifery Council

Female Empowerment and the Traditional Midwives of India

A researcher reflects on her 15-year of study of rural India’s traditional dai, much loved by the families they serve, and widely misunderstood. Read more…. Female Empowerment and the Traditional Midwives of India

On Photographing a Stillbirth

“I have done stillborn pictures for my clients for many years, for free, of course. Taking beautiful pictures is one of the most important things you can do for parents of a stillborn baby.” Read more…. On Photographing a Stillbirth

Shoulder Dystocia—The Perils and Possibilities

As a midwife, you must find, or help the mother and baby to create, an open path where one does not exist. How will you do that?” This article offers new insights and suggestions to help you manage shoulder dystocia with confident and tender care.

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Precipitous Twin Homebirth

A surrogate mom to twins tells the tale of their quick, healthy homebirth.

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Postmaturity: Accelerate Birth or Wait?

An excerpt from Midwifery Today’s upcoming clinical booklet on postdates and postmaturity, this article evaluates why “most ‘postdate pregnancies’ are treated as postmature,” and considers what midwives can do to help their clients prevent harmful interventions.

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When the Womb Is No Longer Safe: Chorioamnionitis

Intrauterine infections contribute to a host of complications during pregnancy and labor. “This article investigates current ideas about prevention, diagnosis and treatment from a midwifery point of view.”

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Why the Negative Birth Story?

Alongside inspiring and empowering stories of birth come negative stories of pain, scary interventions and unexpected outcomes. While it’s important to honor all stories, doula Rina Crane considers how we can all work “to help make the positive birth story the only one there is to tell.”

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It Matters How We’re Born

The memories of birth will last a lifetime, for both mother and baby. As this article reminds us, women’s choices regarding how and where they birth do matter.

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