Vicki Penwell

Labor and Delivery Care in the Context of a Developing Country

Labor in a developing country can be very different than in a developed country. In this second in her series of article, Vicki Penwell shares the challenges faced by laboring women in the Philippines and other countries.

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Prenatal Care in the Context of a Developing Country

In Thailand, there is an expression when comparing two things that are similar yet not exact; in English it translates to “same same but different.” So it is with the provision of prenatal care in the context of a developing country. There are unique aspects to maternity care in a low-resource setting and, while some prenatal care elements are universal, the midwife needs to be aware of how best practices can be different according to the setting.

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Microbiome and Midwives: A Look at Culture

International midwife Vicki Penwell discusses the culture of homebirth in America to see what might be done to improve the life-long health of the baby.

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How a Checklist Promotes Human Rights in Childbirth: The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative

How a Checklist Promotes Human Rights in Childbirth: the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative by Vicki Penwell. Midwife Vicki Penwell shares a simple and practical tool to get better outcomes in childbirth. Read more…. How a Checklist Promotes Human Rights in Childbirth: The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative

After Action Review: A Guide for Midwifery Students and Preceptors

International midwife Vicki Penwell teaches a structured approach for reflecting on the work of a group and identifying strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement.

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Prematurity and Kangaroo Care during a Disaster

Even amidst disaster, life still happens and babies are still born. Veteran midwife Vicki Penwell teaches on how to handle premature births in disaster zones.

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Mercy In Action Midwives Form Disaster Response to Deadly Super Typhoon

Midwife Vicki Penwell describes her experience of providing aide with Mercy In Action in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Read more…. Mercy In Action Midwives Form Disaster Response to Deadly Super Typhoon

A Scholarship Solution and Grand Challenge from Mercy In Action

Overseas midwife Vicki Penwell shares her scholarship program and challenges other organizations and midwifery schools to join her in her efforts. Read more…. A Scholarship Solution and Grand Challenge from Mercy In Action

Elizabeth Gilmore Remembered: Through the Eyes of a Friend

A touching portrait honoring the memory, legacy and life of midwife Elizabeth Gilmore.

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A Hidden Tragedy: Birth as a Human Rights Issue in Developing Countries

Author Vicki Penwell delves into one of the world’s greatest injustices: While a mother dies during childbirth every minute of every day, only 1% of these deaths occur in the developed world. Read more…. A Hidden Tragedy: Birth as a Human Rights Issue in Developing Countries

Philippines: In the Night Lorega

Lorega, where this story is located, is a typical inner-city Asian slum where the poorest of the poor live in squatter shacks and hovels, surrounded by three graveyards and a slaughterhouse. Read more…. Philippines: In the Night Lorega