Finland Conference Starts October 4! Walk-ins Welcome

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It’s not too late to attend our conference in Helsinki, Finland, 4–8 October 2017. Though the pre-registration deadline has passed, walk-ins are always welcome. “Love Is the Essence of Midwifery” will feature teachers such as Cornelia Enning (pictured), Elizabeth Davis, Joy Horner, Sally Kelly and Gail Hart. Planned classes include Acupressure and Cupping for Birth Practitioners, Gua Sha for Pregnancy and Birth, Placenta Medicine, and Shoulder Dystocia. Learn more.

Attend a mini-conference in Troutdale, Oregon, on Friday, November 10!

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You will learn from classes such as “Shoulder Dystocia” with Gail Hart, “Our Eyes and Non-verbal Communication” with Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and “When the Healer Is Healing, Too” with Maryl Smith. For the lowest price, be sure to register by Oct. 10. Go here to register and for more information.

Join us in New Jersey next spring!

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“Love Is the Essence of Midwifery” will feature teachers such as Mary Cooper, Elizabeth Davis, Lisa Goldstein, Gail Hart and Fernando Molina. You’ll be able to choose from over 50 classes, including Herbs and Homeopathy, Shoulder Dystocia and Becoming a Midwife. Plan now to attend!

Sage Femme

Article 2017.6.6

Have a cup of tea with me—a cup of garden sage tea, Salvia officinalis. It will do your memory good, and your digestion, too; it can even lower your blood sugar and improve your cholesterol ratios. And, yes, I think it is safe, even if you are pregnant or nursing. [Photo by iStockphoto.com/portfolio/vicuschka] Read More

There’s No Place like Home

Editorial 2017.7.6

Our developing insights into the microbiome have the potential to change everything regarding homebirth for moms—if we can get the word out about its importance to a healthy life. We will need to work on this from all spheres of influence. Read More

Postpartum Mood Disorders

Article 2017.5.8

The term postpartum depression (PPD) can be misleading. It is perhaps an over-simplified and poor description of the array of experiences that postpartum women can have. The experience of PPD is much broader and can encompass much more than feelings of depression. Read More

Cancer of the Cervix and the Midwife

Article 2017.4.25

Birth attendants need to learn about cervical cancer, to understand and teach about it. Why? Although potentially fatal, cervical cancer is slow growing. Death is almost always preventable, with early detection and treatment. Read More

Stop Cutting: The Right to Bodily Integrity

Article 2017.3.14

Author and midwife Jane Beal discusses female genital mutilation and what can be done to eliminate cutting within a community that practices it routinely. Read More

Microbiome and Health

Article 2017.2.23

To better guide pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, author and physician Fernando Molina helps readers to understand the affect the microorganisms in intestinal flora have on influencing overall health. [Photo by Lynsey Stone] Read More

Placenta rituals, remedies and recipes…

Featured Product 2017.7.6

…are what you’ll find in Placenta: The Gift of Life. Read this book to discover the various ways placentas have been used by people around the world and throughout the ages. You’ll also find 15 recipes that will show you how to use the placenta in ointments, essences and other remedies for a variety of ailments. Order your copy here.

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 2017.9.24 NEW!

With my first pregnancy I had symptoms of gestational diabetes in the last five weeks. I was placed on a diabetic diet and monitored my blood sugar levels at home. I found the diet strange and difficult, but followed it. I gained 35 pounds on my 5-foot 1-inch frame, and did not exercise. My son was born 11 days early after a drugged labor, weighed 7 lbs 4 oz, and had multiple health problems. He was recently diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD.

During my next full-term pregnancy I followed the Brewer diet, ate a well-balanced and varied diet, and exercised regularly. I gained exactly the same amount of weight and was regulaly tested for gestational diabetes, but all tests were within normal limits, and I remained very healthy. My second son was born exactly on his due date after a natural labor, weighed 8 lbs 14 oz, was extremely healthy, and continues to be so. The only difference between the two pregnancies was diet, exercise, a midwife, and education.

— Amy V. Haas, AAHCC, E-News 1:47

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2017.9.24 NEW!

To be a midwife is inherently political: To choose midwifery instead of medicine and still practice 'medicine,' no matter how much our philosophies separate the two or reclaim the former, is to choose revolution.

— Therin River, CNM