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Fiji Conference: May 30 Is In-Office Registration Deadline

Coupon Page 2016.5.23

The in-office registration deadline is Monday 30 June. After this date, you are welcome to register at the conference. You will be able to learn from expert teachers including Debra Pascali-Bonaro (pictured), Gail Hart, Fernando Molina and Carol Gautschi. Classes to choose from include Midwifery in the South Pacific, Breech Skills, Village Prenatals, and Shoulder Dystocia and Second Stage Issues. Learn more about our conference in Suva, Fiji.

When Pregnancy Goes South: Keeping Birth Gentle

E-News 2016.5.18

“Suffering in childbirth need not be the norm, for without drugs and without medical interventions imposing iatrogenic risks, healthy, well-supported women, carrying healthy babies, may make the passage of childbirth with dignity, surrounded by people of their choice, with joy, grace and even pleasure. The gentle birth movement advocates for the basic human right of women to labor and deliver their own babies with respect from their health care providers, with support for their choices and privacy.” —Robin Lim / Read more of this article excerpt in the current E-News, the theme of which is Uncommon Complications. Sign Up for Free Newsletter ] Read more.

Outside the Evidence: Births Missing from the Research

Article 2016.4.26

The author provides a thought-provoking article about the biases found in birth research. “All of the high level medical evidence is flawed because it only reflects what happens at institutions that are big enough to do research. I’d like to call this institutional bias or academic bias, but those titles are both taken by other concepts. For lack of a better term, let’s call it research hospital bias.” [Photo by Monet Moutrie] Read More

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30 Years and Still Going Strong!

Article 2016.3.29

“My desire with Midwifery Today was to fill the void of timely information but I wanted to do it in an artistic way, with photos, art, poetry and columns of information germane to our practices. The original goal was to midwife midwives and now it also includes encouraging and informing doulas, childbirth educators, moms and anyone else who is in involved with birth.” Midwifery Today’s editor-in-chief celebrates MT’s 30-year anniversary by honoring 13 of the magazine’s most loyal contributors and gentle birth advocates. Read More

MORNINGSTAR78child (3K)The Newly Born: Gazing and Human Development

Article 2016.3.1

This article by midwife Sister MorningStar provides the reader with insight into newborns and their needs, paying close attention to their sense of sight and the newborn’s inclination to gaze at his mother. Read More

Stress Deprivation in the Perinatal Period

Article 2016.2.16

“In the framework of our cultural conditioning, stress has a negative connotation: we must avoid stressful situations. Meanwhile, in the current scientific context, it appears that stress hormones have multiple roles to play and the concept of ‘stress deprivation’ has recently emerged in scholarly articles. We’ll look at birth by pre-labor cesarean as an extreme example of stress deprivation.” Read More

Let Miss Margaret inspire you!

Featured Product 2016.5.18

Margaret Charles Smith caught her first baby when she was five years old, then went on to become one of the last great “Granny” midwives in the United States. Watch this DVD to learn about the woman Ina May Gaskin called a “national treasure.” You’ll be inspired by her courage, perseverance and motherwit. View Product

Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2016.5.29 NEW!

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

Weekly Feature 2016.5.29 NEW!

In a branch of medicine rife with paradoxes, contradictions, inconsistencies, and illogic, episiotomy crowns them all. The major argument for episiotomy is that it protects the perineum from injury, a protection accomplished by slicing through perineal skin, connective, tissue, and muscle.

— Henci Goer