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Special prices on Midwifery Today magazine! Act fast! This offer expires February 28 (postmark or fax by the expiration date). VIEW SPECIAL OFFER…

Germany conference registration now online!

CONFERENCE  2015.1.26  NEW!
Join us for our conference in Germany, this October. Register early to secure your space in popular classes! You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of classes including Spinning Babies, Hemorrhage, Breech, Mexican Techniques, and Shoulder Dystocia. LEARN MORE…

Champagne and the Fetus Ejection Reflex

E-NEWS  2015.1.26  NEW!
“The more I try to combine what I have learned from my experience of hospital birth and homebirth, the more I am convinced that the best way to protect the perineum, to avoid a serious tear and to eliminate the reasons for episiotomy is to deviate as little as possible from the physiological model. In other words, the best way is to create the conditions for an authentic fetus ejection reflex.” (This excerpt of an article by Michel Odent is part of Midwifery Today E-News. READ MORE…

Two of My Birth Stories

ARTICLE  2015.1.22
altcaptionAs my contractions grew closer and stronger, I had less and less to contribute to the table conversation. I sneaked off upstairs and began preparing our bedroom for our long awaited homebirth. I enjoyed many good moments of just breathing, relaxing and letting my body work to move my baby down. I was so grateful to be doing this work in the privacy of my own bedroom, surrounded by those who love me most. No uncomfortable drive to a hospital. No paperwork to sign. No admitting questions to answer. No nurses to subvert. No unnecessary routine interventions to decline. No risk of intruders. No fear. [ PHOTO BY GREGG GARNER ] READ MORE…

Midwifing a Movement

ARTICLE  2014.12.17
Seeds_hand_BDunne_cr120 (12K)“One of my favorite things to do is walk in my garden. My husband and I grow a lot of our food, and I love walking through my beds, observing, planning and just being. Along with midwifery, gardening is a passion of mine. That is why I am so thankful I met Emilee Gettle, who, like me, runs a magazine. Emilee is a leader in the healthy food movement.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 112. [ PHOTO BY BRIAN DUNNE / BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEEDS ] READ MORE…

Journey with a Birth Theme

ARTICLE  2014.12.3
Midwife Aneke Schmittner of Playa del Carmen, Mexico“After my daughter, Mandy, graduated from college in May, she and I began planning a graduation celebration trip. Her dad was happy to stay at home and feed the cat. As coordinator of Midwifery Today’s country contacts and the one who updates our online international pages, I was eager to include visits to some of the people with whom I’ve been in contact. We chose Mexico and Belize and set about packing.“ [ PHOTO PROVIDED BY AUTHOR ] READ MORE…

Freedom for Birth

In many countries around the world, women are being denied the most basic human right of autonomy over their own bodies. They cannot choose how and where to give birth. Freedom for Birth re-frames human rights as the most pressing issue in childbirth today. This DVD calls for radical reform to the world’s maternity systems so that women are able to freely choose how they give birth. VIEW PRODUCT…

Trick of the Trade

For c-section scar tissue, apply comfrey salve directly to the incision site. Comfrey, long known in indigenous cultures as 'bone knit,' rapidly heals tissue on a cellular level. With calendula, lavender, and echinacea added, it will reduce scar tissue and heal the site quickly.
— Kelli J., E-News 2:16

Quotable Quote

There is nothing on earth more wonderful than helping women birth with respect and power.
— Jennifer Gallardo