What do you do when a baby is breech?

CONFERENCE  2014.8.29
Attend the full-day Emergency Management of Breech Birth class to find out. Led by Sue Cookson, Carol Gautschi and Angelina Martinez Miranda, this workshop will begin with a discussion of how to detect, prevent and turn breech babies. But what do you do when attempts at turning fail, and the mother decides to go forward with a vaginal birth? Or when you are surprised with an unexpected breech? The knowledge of breech birth is an essential midwifery skill. Although intentional breech birth is not for beginners, everyone is welcome in this class because every birth attendant must know how to handle the unexpected breech birth. Various methods and techniques will be discussed and demonstrated including the use of waterbirth. Part of our conference in Byron Bay, Australia this November. LEARN MORE…

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…

E-NEWS  2014.8.29
…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” — Buddha. Probiotics is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. “Maintenance of healthy urogenital flora is closely interrelated with healthy gut flora—if the gut flora become depleted, so do the urogenital flora. As long as the friendly natural bacteria dominate, pathogenic bacteria are kept in check.” Read responses to the question: “Do You Recommend Probiotics?” SIGN UP FOR FREE NEWSLETTER ] READ MORE…

The Art and Soul of Midwifery: Creativity in Practice, Education and Research

REVIEW  2014.7.11
Review by Sarah Harwell. “Editor Lorna Davies has put together a diverse collection of writings that thoughtfully explore the intersections of art, creativity and midwifery. Birth art, craft, theater, dance and poetry are some of the art forms explored in-depth.” READ MORE…

Catharina Schrader: A Midwife of 18th-Century Friesland

ARTICLE  2014.8.24
“Her path to professional midwifery was not an easy one. When she was 38 years old and the mother of six young children, her first husband died. To support her family, she began to work as a midwife. As she indicates, this was partially because both the doctors and townspeople were urgently pressing her to help them. As the wife of a surgeon, she had apparently assisted at difficult births and complicated situations did not prevent her from acting quickly in emergencies to save the lives of mother and baby whenever possible.” READ MORE…

How does our way of birth affect future generations?

ARTICLE  2014.7.18
Midwife Marion Toepke McLean discusses this interesting topic. “Lack of a healthy immune system may produce inflammation-based chronic diseases, as well as allergies and auto-immune disorders. Cesarean babies and babies who lack early contact with their mothers have been noted to have an increased incidence of these conditions….” Read this article from Midwifery Today Issue 110. READ MORE…

The Doula Business Guide; Creating a Successful MotherBaby Business

REVIEW  2014.6.30
Review by Toni Rakestraw. “The Doula Business Guide is a step-by-step guide to setting up your doula business. From writing your business plan to tax issues, this book will be a great asset to doulas everywhere who need to know more about the business side of things.” READ MORE…

Homebirth and the Microbiome

ARTICLE  2014.6.13
“I have valued homebirth ever since my doctor talked me into having one! I had two homebirths and they were the most empowering events I have ever experienced. After a horrendous hospital birth with my first child, these births were especially amazing.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 110. READ MORE…

Mercy In Action Midwives Form Disaster Response to Deadly Super Typhoon

ARTICLE  2014.6.11
Midwife Vicki Penwell describes her experience of providing aid with Mercy In Action in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. “I think all of the midwives are dead!” This is what a distraught husband told his laboring wife the day after super typhoon Haiyan devastated the coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines. So although our own homes and birth center had been badly damaged by the severe flooding on Luzon Island the month before, my daughter-in-law Rose said, “Vic, we have to go help.” READ MORE…

Save $5 when you buy Paths to Becoming a Midwife and Midwifery Today Issue 78 at the same time

Our new combo offer is the perfect resource for any aspiring midwife. Paths to Becoming a Midwife will help her discover what kind of midwife she should be and what training optons are best for her. Midwifery Today Issue 78 has a listing of direct entry programs available around the US, as well as articles on traditional midwifery, nurse-midwifery, apprenticeship, and direct entry midwifery. VIEW PRODUCT…

Learn about midwifery education!

Are you an aspiring midwife who’s looking for the right school? Are you a practicing midwife who would like to learn more? Visit our Education Opportunities page to discover ways to start or continue your education. LEARN MORE…

Trick of the Trade

To turn a breech baby, some mothers find the slant board position uncomfortable and instead elect to choose a hands and knees position with their head and chest lowered close to the floor. Pillows are needed to be comfortable. Whatever the method, after a baby turns, spend a lot of time walking and squatting during Braxton Hicks contractions to encourage your baby to engage in the pelvis and minimize the chance of a return to a breech position.
— Maryl Smith, E-News 2:7

Quotable Quote

As guardians of the birth rite, we can show women that birth doesn't have to be scary, dangerous, or even painful.
— Laurie Fremgen