As Natural as Water Waterbirth and Instinctual Birth

Midwife MorningStar shares the beauty of waterbirth in her usual hypnotic and beautiful way. Read this article and learn about birth from one of the greats in modern-day midwifery.

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Issue 115

Midwifery Today Issue 115, Autumn 2015 Theme: Waterbirth Based on the number of submissions we received, waterbirth is a topic many people love. We are pleased to share some wonderful information with you. Michel Odent, Sister MorningStar and Fernando Molina—all Midwifery Today conference teachers—share their waterbirth knowledge in this issue. We also are pleased to offer a placenta article, a powerful VBAC story and an update on birth in South Africa. Plus, this issue features many beautiful waterbirth photos from some of our favorite birth photographers from around the US. Cover photo by Leilani Rogers (photosbylei.com) Buy This Issue Departments Poetry From the Editor Marion’s Message Tricks of the Trade Media Reviews Discussions Classified Advertising Photo Album Features The Birthing Pool Test—Michel Odent Waterbirth Anecdotes from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (1996–2013)—Fernando Molina Water: The Elixir of Life—Carol Gautschi As Natural as Water: Waterbirth and Instinctual Birth—Sister MorningStar Fourth Baby Birth Story: Gia Rose—Sarah Sailer Waterbirth at Mountain Midwifery Center—Aubre Tompkins Seeds, Soil, Homebirth and Permaculture—Diana Paul What We Learned about Waterbirth from a Case of Legionella—Laurie Fremgen What a Difference a Little Water Makes—Mary Cooper Overcoming Birthing Failure: My Waterbirth Story—Kyana Miner The Changing Paradigm of Birth in South Africa—Robyn Sheldon

Waterbirth Anecdotes from Puerto Ardaz, Venezuela (1996-2013)

Midwifery Today conference teacher Fernando Molina shares some of his waterbirth experience from when he assisted births in Venezuela.

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Waterbirth at Mountain Midwifery Center

Midwife Aubre Tompkins shares her experience with waterbirth at her birth center in Colorado.

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Waterbirth with a Blind Mother

That first moment of eye contact between mother and baby is critical during a waterbirth. So what happens when the mother you’re assisting as a midwife is birthing in water and is blind? Author Cornelia Enning recounts one beautiful experience.

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Henry’s Waterbirth

A mother shares her experience of “coming to the homebirth movement through a strange back door” in this tale of home waterbirth.

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Waterbirth Makes the Midwife’s Job Easier

Why should midwives consider waterbirth as a really, really good thing? Author Samantha McCormick explains why waterbirth rules.

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Journey to the Water

A retired midwife recounts her experiences with waterbirth and shows how she came full-circle with this particular birthing method.

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Waterbirth and GBS

The literature suggests that low-risk women who give birth in water may have a far lower rate of newborn GBS than women who have a dry birth. Author, midwife and researcher Judy Slome Cohain culls through the research and delivers an in-depth look at waterbirth and GBS in this eye-opening article.

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