How prepared is your birthing community to provide care in the wake of a natural disaster? Lorna Davies takes you back to the days following New Zealand’s Christchurch earthquake, uncovering some insightful answers.
The 15-year-old author recounts her firsthand experiences “being with women,” as the daughter of a midwife.
An Australian educator and midwife argues for a body of midwifery knowledge that is “distinct, different and equally (if not more) valuable” than the technocratic approach that dominates modern obstetric care.
Join author Mary McRae as she explores the landscapes and people of Kenya in her mission to support safe birth.
Shea Richland’s story continues. “My labor records show that my doctor had used forceps to pull my baby from my unconscious body. The episiotomy he cut extended to a third-degree tear. He had manually removed the placenta.”…
A traditional midwife recounts her journeys to a newly post-soviet Russia, taking us on a tour of a changing birth culture, from the Roddoms of the cold war era to pioneering birth camps at the Black Sea.
Read how a group of dedicated nurses in Nepal formed the country’s first midwifery organization, and what it is doing to improve birth for Nepal’s largely rural population. Read more…. Birth and the Establishment of a Professional Organization in Nepal
Motorcycles, art and ecstasy inform this touching trio of birth stories.
Contributing editor Sister MorningStar recounts the magical, sacred home waterbirth of her newest grandchild, Sophie. Read more…. Welcoming Sophie
A nice couple, organic farmers whom I had met the previous year, were pregnant and seeing my friend Lori,for their care as they planned their homebirth. This very healthy Jewish couple was looking forward to the birth of their first baby.
Sadly, when the mom was 34 weeks and four days, the mother felt that something was not right. Lori stopped by their home to listen and could not hear the baby’s heartbeat. She called me from the road as she drove to the hospital, ultimately for confirmation of the baby’s death.
Being prepared for a stillbirth can make all the difference in the care a midwife provides to a family during this emotional birth process. Part of a special series, this article offers midwives practical tools and resources for support when midwifing a stillbirth. Read more…. Stillbirth—A Journey in Birth
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