The author shares her three-stage model of birth, which she believes is a more accurate reflection of what acutally happens in the body during this physiological experience.
Jan Tritten, Midwifery Today’s mother and editor, often posts questions of interest for discussion by midwives on Facebook. We decided to share the thoughts on these topics in our magazine each quarter (sans emojis). Some of it may be controversial, but we hope that these conversations will inspire even further discussion and learning on the subjects we cover.
Midwifery Today E-News, September 27, 2017 • Volume 19, Issue 20 Read more…. Learn about Prevention of Shoulder Dystocia
How do you prevent shoulder dystocia (SD)? Can you prevent it?
Midwifery Today E-News, August 30, 2017 • Volume 19, Issue 18 Read more…. Sexual Abuse and Birthing Women
Midwifery Today E-News, July 5, 2017 • Volume 19, Issue 14 Read more…. Postpartum Mood Disorders
As a birth photographer, I’ve captured over 125 births since having my first daughter. Each story I documented was as unique as the woman I worked with; the myriad of birth stories I saw reminded me that life is full of both unforeseen turns and unimaginable beauty. I sat beside many of my clients as they saw their birth plans change drastically, and I witnessed the strength that women possess when they’re asked to do something that perhaps they had previously thought impossible. After I sent off an edited gallery of images or when I met with a client for the very first time, I found myself thinking how blessed I was to have found a calling that demonstrated the immense power of womanhood and sisterhood again and again.
In this article, midwife MorningStar does what she does best: speaks about the needs of a laboring woman. Read more…. Hands on, Hands off: Midwifing the Inner Life of Women
Back in 1970, if you wanted to be a midwife, there were very few options for training. There were two nurse-midwifery education programs then, but since I didn’t live in New York City or Jackson, Mississippi, I had no way of knowing about them. I just knew that I wanted to be a midwife. I was lucky to have the opportunity to witness the most gorgeous birth anyone could possibly have, and that birth launched my quest to become a midwife.
French obstetrician Michel Odent has developed an interesting way to assess labor in what he calls _the birthing pool test_. Read more…. The Birthing Pool Test
Let’s talk about those sweet babies who decide to present posterior in the uterus and then go on to either change position in labor or be born in a posterior position. I believe it is normal in a baby’s gestational life to be in transverse, breech, posterior, LOA and ROA positions. (There are even other positions our little darlings can get into.)
Occiput Posterior (OP) presentations are somewhat common and can be quite annoying to both the mother and the practitioner. Read more…. My Experience with OP Babies