Marlene Waechter

First Stage of Labor

It may help us to know that an average labor burns over 7000 calories! It’s hard work, hence the name labor. The first stage of labor is divided into three parts: 1) latent, early, or prodromal; 2) active first stage; and 3) transition.

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Babies Put Their Foot Down

This frequent contributor shares the variety of breech births that she has been a part of.

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Labor: Short and Long; Physical and Mental

This great article illustrates, through discussion of actual cases, the many variations that labor may take and how diet, fear, and even religious beliefs may affect it.  Read more…. Labor: Short and Long; Physical and Mental

Concepts of Prenatal Care

When should prenatal care start? What should it look like? How much should it cost? Most importantly, but often overlooked: Who should be doing it? These questions, frequently asked by pregnant women, have no pat answers.

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When Grandma Is a Midwife

When you are a homebirth midwife with a lot of kids of your own, how they choose to give birth may not quite fit with how you had envisioned it. Waechter shares her compelling personal story, with a focus on the need to support your children in their own journeys.

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Bosom Buddies

Long before anyone had thought to coin the term tandem nursing, I was doing it. Back when I started having kids in 1971, breastfeeding was at an all-time low in our country, and so was homebirth. …

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Malnutrition, Unhealthy Lifestyles and Scheduled Deliveries: The Causes of Prematurity

From her many years of experience, midwife Marlene Waechter shares her wisdom of premature birth and what she feels are its main causes.

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Thinking Green

In this truly enjoyable article, Waechter shares what she has learned about hemorrhage through her experiences as a midwife.

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Brewer Babies

Confounded by a client who has already birthed several handicapped children, midwife Marlene Waechter utilizes the wisdom of Dr. Tom Brewer and finds that diet really does make a drastic difference to pregnant mamas and their babies.

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