How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia

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.

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FlipFLOP: Four Steps to Remember

FlipFLOP is a memory tool listing four successful techniques to free a baby from shoulder dystocia, an emergency caused by one or both shoulders caught by the pelvis after the birth of baby’s head.

Issue 103

Midwifery Today Issue 103, Autumn 2012 Theme: Shoulder Dystocia Cover photo by Lynsey Stone. Lynsey Stone Photography—www.dfwbirthphotographer.com. Lynsey has focused primarily on birth photography since 2006 and has now photographed over 200 births. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and four children, two of whom were waterborn after a cesarean with her first child. She loves the wide range of experiences she has had because it gives her a greater understanding of the emotional and physical aspects of birth when photographing her clients’ deliveries.contents Buy This Issue Departments Poetry From the Editor Networking Tricks of the Trade Marion’s Message Cards and Letters Media Reviews News Classified Advertising Photo Album Features FlipFLOP: Four Steps to Remember—Gail Tully How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia—Ina May Gaskin Preventing Shoulder Dystocia—Michel Odent Stressful! Birth in a Hospital—Nancy Halseide Monique Dembele: A Midwife of Mali—Jane Beal Arm Behind the Back: A Shoulder Dystocia Complication—Gail Tully Sharks and VBACs: The Fears of a Father—Tony Whitman The Power of Natural Progesterone: Treating Hormone-Related Postpartum Depression—Shannon K. Valenzuela Capable Hands and Calm Eyes: My Sixty Seconds of Shoulder Dystocia—Mary Ann Lieser Management of True Shoulder Dystocia at Attended Homebirth—Judy

Management of True Shoulder Dystocia at Attended Homebirth

At attended homebirth, shoulder dystocia poses less of a challenge and has better outcomes compared to hospital birth.

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Capable Hands and Calm Eyes: My Sixty Seconds of Shoulder Dystocia

A wonderfully written birth story by a woman who experienced shoulder dystocia during the birth of her child.

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Preventing Shoulder Dystocia

French pediatrician and natural childbirth advocate Michel Odent shares his thoughts on the basic needs of a laboring woman and how if these needs were better understood, many shoulder dystocias would be prevented.

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Shoulder Dystocia—The Perils and Possibilities

As a midwife, you must find, or help the mother and baby to create, an open path where one does not exist. How will you do that?” This article offers new insights and suggestions to help you manage shoulder dystocia with confident and tender care.

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