Save $5 on any one Motherbaby Press book

Check out our Spring into Savings page to find out how. Choose from The Power of Women, Brought to Earth by Birth, Survivor Moms or Placenta: The Gift of Life. LEARN MORE…

Another neat waterbirth trick…

E-NEWS  2015.4.29  NEW!
“…involves a baby who is a little shocked from the birth and isn’t coming around. Instead of rubbing baby with a towel to stimulate them to breathe, we dunk baby back in the water (up to the neck). The skin stimulation from the water snaps them out of it right away and is so much gentler than a scratchy towel rub.” Waterbirth is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. Read responses to the question, “Was water a benefit for you in labor?” SIGN UP FOR FREE NEWSLETTER ] READ MORE…

Collaboration Is KEY

ARTICLE  2015.4.29  NEW!
Despite our best efforts as midwives, providing high quality prenatal care, educating and empowering our clients and being ever vigilant in knowing normal and when to intervene, we will always have women who require the care of physicians and hospitals. The ability to facilitate that transfer of care in a timely, professional and compassionate manner should be the standard of care, not the exception. READ MORE…

Spend a day with Michel Odent!

CONFERENCE  2015.4.29  NEW!
Attend our conference in Germany this fall and spend a day learning about childbirth with Michel Odent. Michel has been involved in childbirth for more than 60 years with experience of both hospital births and homebirths. He has a unique knowledge of the medical and scientific literature and is raising questions about the future of our species in relation to the modes of birth. Attend this full-day class to explore the world of birth! LEARN MORE…

The Deadly Itch: How My Midwives Saved My Babies’ Lives

ARTICLE  2015.3.3
Not many are familiar with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), a condition that causes intense itching. What is surprising about ICP, that even fewer people realize, is that it can be a deadly disease. A mom shares her experience with ICP in this eye-opening first-hand account. READ MORE…

Fiji, the Land of Smiles

ARTICLE  2015.3.19
Facebook has proven itself to be a great way to meet midwives from other countries, and this is how I met sister midwives from Fiji. I made friends with Merewairita Valu, who then introduced me to Chandra Kanta. Sometimes you meet people on e-mail or Facebook and you know immediately that you are going to be the best of friends. That is how it was with both Merewairita and Chandra. Our like-mindedness was immediately felt and our concern for motherbaby and midwives was an obvious calling. READ MORE…

A Major New Resource for Maternity Care and the Midwifery Community

NEWS ITEM  2015.3.6
Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care is a landmark resource for maternity care, midwifery and childbearing families. Dr. Sarah J. Buckley is the author of this unprecedented, up-to-date synthesis of over 1100 studies. The report and an ongoing agenda to address its implications within the nation’s maternity care system are a project of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. The new report and many related materials are freely available at the website, including a booklet for women, fact sheets for maternity care providers, and infographics. The public is invited to investigate, use and share these resources widely. GO TO WEBSITE…

Preeclampsia and Nutritional Priorities

ARTICLE  2015.2.28
“The nature and the expression of pregnancy diseases vary among different species of mammals. It is notable that these differences are related to the nutritional priorities during the prenatal phase of development.” READ MORE…

Learn about the pelvic exam

Maternal Exam for the Student Midwife, Part II, The Pelvic Exam, is a two-disc DVD set packed with information about various aspects of pelvic examination. You will see how to do internal, bimanual, rectal and speculum exams. Also covered are visualization of the external genitalia, palpation of the internal reproductive organs, and the procedure for collecting cultures from the cervix and surrounding tissues. VIEW PRODUCT…

Trick of the Trade

Before medications for pinworms were developed, gentian violet was taken internally for ten days to kill the worms. It cannot be used internally in pregnancy, but it does raise the possibility of external use at the anus to kill emerging worms. Some naturopaths prescribe spigelia for pinworms. It is safe to use in pregnancy. Others suggest ingestion of pumpkins seeds and garlic for a period of ten days to two weeks. It is important for all family members to be treated. This includes bathing every morning to wash away ova that have been deposited outside the anus. Snug-fitting underwear and regular hand washing as well as washing of bedsheets will also reduce reinfestation.
— Maryl Smith, E-News 2:11

Quotable Quote

Being a midwife means having the courage to delve into the mystery of life and death, movement and rhythm—taking the dance of the soul and allowing it to flow through the incarnation of this new being.
— Marialicia Gonzalez