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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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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