Trauma

Wisdom of the Midwives: Malpresentation

Have you dealt with a malpresentation? Can you tell us about it?

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What Do We Do with the Specimen? A Reflection of Miscarriages in the Emergency Department

This article focuses on compassionately dealing with women who are seen in the emergency department for a pregnancy loss.

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Birth Practices

Wisdom of the Midwives: Issue 127

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Amazing Birth

A humorous, sad, and interesting story about a variety of births.

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What We Know and Don’t Know about Tongue-tie

About 5 to 10% of newborns are born with tongue-tie. The majority of newborns with tongue-tie have no problem breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and their mothers do not suffer nipple pain. Among women with unresolved nipple pain from breastfeeding, nipple pain was decreased significantly if the baby either had a frenotomy or a sham procedure. Frenotomy should be painless for the baby, cause at most two drops of blood loss, and the baby should not cry more than 10 seconds.

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The Military Birth Resource Network: Serving Those Who Serve

The author shares the challenges of those in the military who may not have family around, and the organizations she helped create to serve them.

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Labor Plateaus and Our Sexual Nature

Elizabeth Davis shares more on the interconnection between birth, orgasm and the sexual nature of women.

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The Other Side of Doula Work

Serving as a postpartum doula does not always lead to a positive outcome. Kolb shares the challenges of being a doula when a stillbirth or other trauma occurs.

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Forgotten Labor

Mack writes about coming to terms with a less-than-perfect birth.

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How Childbirth-related Stress May Be Contributing to Increased Postpartum Mood Disorders in New Mothers: Suggestions for Midwives

This article provides some guidelines in being aware of and avoiding factors that can lead to postpartum mood disorders.

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A Turning Point in Our Understanding of Human Birth

Just as we are learning about human nature from new perspectives, we are also at a turning point in our understanding of human births. Until now, the focus has been on mechanical difficulties. Countless textbooks have reproduced drawings showing the size and the shape of the fetal skull in relation to the maternal pelvis as a way to explain why the birth process cannot be easy in our species. If the main reasons for difficulties were mechanical, how to explain that, occasionally, women who are not special, from a morphological perspective, have their first baby easily within a few minutes, while others need a caesarean section after one or two days of tough labour?

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