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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Did the Earth Move for You?: Lessons from the Christchurch Earthquake

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.

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Daughter of a Midwife

The 15-year-old author recounts her firsthand experiences “being with women,” as the daughter of a midwife.

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Sharing Stories: Reclaiming Birth Knowledge

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.

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Childbirth in Eldoret, Kenya

Join author Mary McRae as she explores the landscapes and people of Kenya in her mission to support safe birth.

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Herstory: Human Rights in Childbearing

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.”…

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From the Roddom to the Black Sea: My Experiences in Russia

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.

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Birth and the Establishment of a Professional Organization in Nepal

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

Midwives and Story: Passing on the Wisdom

Motorcycles, art and ecstasy inform this touching trio of birth stories.

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Hirsch’s Silent Birth

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.

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Stillbirth—A Journey in Birth

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

Beautiful Beginnings: Short Birth Stories from Midwifery Today Readers

Stories from Midwifery Today Readers

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