What does Optimal MotherBaby Friendly Care mean to you?

Conference 2015.6.23

Join Debra Pascali-Bonaro and other International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) members for a day of inspiration, discussion and action, 20 October, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm in Bad Wildbad, Germany. Learn from those who have implemented the 10 Steps of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative around the world, including CNN Hero Midwife Robin Lim whose work in Indonesia, the Philippines and the recent disaster in Nepal show us how these 10 steps provide the keys to safe, gentle birth in any setting. Globally it is a time of great change. We are moving from the Millennium Development Goals to the new Sustainable Development Goals. More research and initiatives support a woman’s right to choose her place and circumstance of birth. The meeting is the day before the Midwifery Today Germany 2015 Conference. Learn More

There’s No Place Like Home

Editorial 2015.6.17

’The thing is, we midwives, doulas and other informed birth practitioners have always known that homebirth is safer. … We know when and how to stand aside and be watchful as the beauty and uniqueness of each motherbaby unfolds their birth journey—unfolding from one being into two. We are also ever ready for emergencies during the birth, and we are vigilant during prenatals to suggest and educate in order to prevent certain emergencies from happening.” Read More

The Revolution So Far

Article 2015.6.8

Diana Paul gets readers up to date on the Birth Revolution. ’The Birth Revolution is like the slow food movement—it takes time to cook, it tastes best in community and a small taste leaves you wanting more.” Read More

When is it a good time for a pregnant woman to see a chiropractor?

E-News 2015.6.23

In answering this question, I often discuss the different goals of chiropractic in pregnancy. These goals include alleviating pain and discomforts for a happier and more comfortable pregnancy, maximizing function of the pelvic joints allowing greater movement during pregnancy and opening during labor, encouraging optimal nerve function for coordinated and effective labor function and balancing pelvic bones and soft tissue structures to encourage optimal fetal positioning, thereby increasing optimal birth outcomes. Chiropractic Use in Pregnancy is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. Sign Up for Free Newsletter ] Read More

After the Disaster: What Comes Next in the Philippines

Article 2015.6.1

Midwife Vicki Penwell shares the experience she and other helpers from Mercy In Action had in their successful attempts to provide midwifery care to those affected by Hurricane Yolanda. Read More

Crossing Borders with Andrea

Article 2015.4.29

“Andrea called me at my home in the US, and we discussed her experiences, her past, her feelings, the doctor’s actions and statements, Andrea’s desires, needs, people resources and her instinctual knowing. Andrea’s expected due date was November 24 and it was November 29 when she called me again. She spoke of her confusion with the medical way with birth and her own instinct that it should be a natural straightforward event. Fear dominated the birth stories that circled around her. ‘Every time I interact with the medical people, I become filled with fear. Otherwise, I feel calm.’ Andrea decided to keep waiting.” Read More

Collaboration Is KEY

Article 2015.4.29

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

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

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

Featured Product 2015.6.30 NEW!

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

Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2015.7.5 NEW!

Castor Oil Packs for Mastitis:

To treat mastitis, have the woman use castor oil packs: wet a cloth diaper or other cotton fabric with hot water, pour on castor oil, place diaper/castor oil over red spot, cover with plastic wrap to keep heat in, and cover that with a heating pad. She should leave the pack on the affected breast(s) for at least one hour, but the longer it is left on, the more effective it is. It is best to nurse baby on the affected breast first. Mom should use a fresh pack at least three times a day, for hours at a time whenever possible. Recommend her to wipe off the castor oil before she nurses-it tastes terrible and can cause diarrhea.

The mom should take these additional steps:

Rest-specifically, go to bed.
Drink plenty of water-sip fluids constantly.
Take echinacea, vitamin C and astragalus to boost immune function.
If the affected mom does this regimen for 24 to 36 hours and continues to get worse, she should call her health care provider. Sometimes if the redness remains but the spot feels better, it's OK.

— Mary, Midwifery Today Issue 73

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2015.7.5 NEW!

Each participant in the birthing process comes into a more valuable state of consciousness through the experience.

— Whapio Diane Bartlett