New Online Class with Gail Hart Scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, at 2:00 pm PST

Online Class 2017.2.17 NEW!

“Keeping Pregnancy Normal” is a part of the online series, Becoming a Midwife. This 90-minute online class is a great core class for those seeking to become a midwife or doula, as well as for those seasoned midwives who are looking to refresh and mothers who desire a natural, empowered birth.

Learn the important details of nutrition and diet, normal discomforts, home remedies as well as the fundamentals of complications in pregnancy. Discover not only the responsibilities of the mother in prenatal care but also those of the birth practitioner. Register

Plan now to attend our conference in Eugene, Oregon, April 5–9!

Conference 2017.2.17 NEW!

You will be able to choose from classes such as Hemorrhage and Estimating Blood Loss, Research in Midwifery and Using Gentle Tools (Our Hands) for Ideal Positioning. There will also be a two-day Midwifery Skills class. Planned teachers include Carol Gautschi, Gail Hart, Fernando Molina, Sister MorningStar and Penny Simkin. Learn more about our conference in Eugene, Oregon. Learn More

Attend a one-day conference on the East Coast USA this May!

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Choose from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the Boston area, and New York City. Your teachers will be Gail Hart, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and Jan Tritten. Topics discussed will include Visions and Dreams for Birth Change; New and Old: Techniques for Controlling and Preventing Hemorrhage; and Scientific Basis for Traditional Techniques. There will also be a Tricks of the Trade sharing session. Learn more about our East Coast mini-conferences this May.

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Learn about special promotions sent only to newsletter subscribers. You’ll also receive notices of other specials and information about new products. Expect no more than two e-mails a month. Read More

Connection and Empathy

Article 2017.2.13 NEW!

When eminent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Daniel Siegel asked over 65,000 mental health professionals face-to-face in lecture halls around the world if they had ever had a course on the mind or on mental health, 95% replied no. We can imagine what the scenario is for midwives and other birth-related professionals. [Photo by Jennifer Mason] Read More

Editorial: Albert McLaren, Midwife

Article 2017.1.30

We have lost an amazing Fijian midwife and nurse, Albert Edward McLaren. We would not have been able to do the Fiji conference without this maverick of a midwife. He passed away on September 26, 2016, of complications from diabetes. He worked tirelessly for the nine months leading up to the conference—a normal human gestation! He answered dozens of e-mails from me to get the details sorted out. Read More

How a Checklist Promotes Human Rights in Childbirth

Article 2016.12.5

As someone who has witnessed decades of human rights violations in my work as a midwife among the poor in Southeast Asia and Latin America, as well as in America, I know I am not alone in desperately wanting things to be different for women, especially the poor and disenfranchised who suffer the most. Read More

What If, What For and What Now? Human Rights and Cultural Rights in Childbirth

Article 2016.11.15

We have grown a world where mutual recognition of respect and autonomy is not enough. Human rights must become legal rights in our complex global social structures. Education about human rights becomes equally important. [Photo by Monet Moutrie] Read More

The Right to Challenge Tradition and Cultural Conditioning

Article 2016.11.2

…we have reached the limits of the domination of Nature, since on a planetary scale, the number of women who give birth to babies and placentas thanks to the release of a “cocktail of love hormones” is becoming insignificant. What is more, immediately after birth, the immune system of most human beings does not start its education among a great diversity of familiar microbes. [Photo by Lynsey Stone] Read More

Subscription Sale for Students!

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Special prices on Midwifery Today magazine! Act fast! This offer expires February 28, 2017. Midwifery Today magazine is published four times per year. Each issue is filled with clinical articles, vital information, midwifery tricks of the trade, gorgeous birth photos and delightful homebirth stories from around the world. View Special Offer

It’s the perfect e-book for the twinning mother

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It also makes a wonderful addition to any birthworker’s library. Our Twins e-book has 10 informative and educational articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine. Authors include Diane Goslin, Michel Odent, Valerie El Halta and Mary Cooper. There are also a few twin birth stories written by mothers. Available on Amazon or on Smashwords in a variety of formats. View Product

EmerGently Brochure Available—Birth Is Normal!

News 2016.5.30

This pamphlet was designed by the Global Midwifery Council to address the crisis in childbirth worldwide. Simple graphics depict the most essential guidelines for a normal, healthy birth. Communicating directly without even the need for language, it is designed to assist safe birth in the deepest reaches of the planet. Available as a free download or durable glossy brochures to put in clinics, shelters, fire and police stations, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2017.2.19 NEW!

Urge to Push:

When you feel at 8 cm that you want to push try other things like rolling on the birth ball, sitting on the toilet or standing and movement, belly dance, etc. These can help shift the pressure and allow you to move without actively pushing.

Another technique is to say, "My body will release my baby, when it is time," and relax. In my experience, relaxing and easing up on yourself can really help.

Make sure to talk to your provider and support people about these concerns.

— Demetria, Midwifery Today Issue 85

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2017.2.19 NEW!

I believe I was born at this time to help keep birth normal while using technology when it is necessary.

— Jill Cohen