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.

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.

Beautiful Beginnings: Short Birth Stories from Midwifery Today Readers

Stories from Midwifery Today Readers

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Dancing Stories

In this poetic article, the author uncovers the grace and gratitude present in a moment shared amongst midwives, dancing their stories.

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The Value of Sharing Story

Personal sharing through story is often discouraged in the medical professions, but a good story, well-told, can enrich the relationship between birth professionals and their clients.

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Accepting Love without Perfection: The Roles of Grandmothers and Postpartum Doulas

The roles of grandma and the postpartum doula are often ill-defined, and can be challenging to balance with the immediate needs of a new mom and baby. Author Vicky York discovers that with a little effort and patience, doulas and grandmas can work together. After all, there’s nothing quite like grandma’s love.

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