The Harrisburg Conference Is Happening Now!

CONFERENCE  2014.4.23  NEW!
There’s still time to attend, but only walk-in registrations will be accepted. Class offerings may be limited, so please contact Midwifery Today before you arrive. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, conference runs Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27. Come learn from Sister MorningStar (pictured), Mary Cooper, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, Angelina Martinez Miranda, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and many more wonderful teachers. LEARN MORE…

Waterbirth: ACOG on the Wrong Side, Again

E-NEWS  2014.4.15
Read Jan Tritten’s editorial about ACOG’s stand on waterbirth. “ACOG always seems to come out on the wrong side. A committee decided that waterbirth needs further study. Hundreds of thousands of waterbirths provide a different side to the story. There was a conference on the safety of waterbirth nearly 25 years ago in London, England. The evidence presented convinced me of the safety of giving birth in water (which I was questioning at the time).” This is the International Edition of Midwifery Today E-News. SIGN UP FOR FREE NEWSLETTER ] READ MORE…

Orgasmic Birth

REVIEW  2014.4.1
Review by Jessica Atkins. “At last we have an approachable tool for couples, midwives, doulas, educators—anyone who works with pregnant and parenting families really—to facilitate the powerful connection that our human sexuality has to not only the conception act, but to nurturing healthy, physical, loving relationships. The authors also connect the physiological aspects of a healthy sex life with healthy pregnancy and childbirth.” READ MORE…

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Collusion and Negligence in Hospitals

ARTICLE  2014.3.28
“One predominant problem with planned hospital birth stems from the requirement of collusion among hospital workers. … Each individual worker and patient enters with needs and hungers of their own. In order for the hospital to survive, the patient’s needs are sublimated to the needs of the staff and hospital. Ensuring the survival of the hospital takes precedence over the individual needs of a patient.” READ MORE…

The Turquoise Revolution

ARTICLE  2014.3.14
Diana Paul shares about the birth revolution movement that was begun at a recent Midwifery Today conference. “The Turquoise rEVOLution (also known as the Birth Revolution) was launched in March this year (2013) following the Human Rights in Childbirth Summit at the Midwifery Today conference.READ MORE…

Midwives and Uterine Rupture: What We Have to Offer

ARTICLE  2014.3.14
“True uterine rupture … has become quite rare. Today, however, ruptures almost exclusively occur in uteri that have been scarred by surgery, most often a previous cesarean, or that have been induced or augmented with synthetic hormones.” READ MORE…

Premature Ligation of the Umbilical Cord

ARTICLE  2014.3.4
“The placenta and cord are, in effect, organs of the newborn. The cord develops from the same tissue that makes up the fetal side of the placenta and this tissue is contiguous with the baby’s skin. Cord clamping is the first medical intervention experienced by most humans as part of the third stage of labor. Delay in clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord improves neonatal cardiopulmonary adaptation, increases blood pressure, improves oxygen transport and red blood cell flow, reduces the number of days on ventilation and oxygen with sick and premature infants and reduces the incidence of anemia.” READ MORE…

Amniotomy and Cord Prolapse Topic of New Cohain Article

ARTICLE  2014.2.21
Research shows that artificially rupturing the amniotic sac (amniotomy) can cause umbilical cord prolapse. Amniotomy became a routine part of obstetrical care with the introduction of active management, without evidence of benefit. In the 30 years since active management was introduced, the rate at which amniotomy causes umbilical cord prolapse has not been directly studied. READ MORE…

Sick and tired of seeing birth misrepresented in the media?

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Trick of the Trade

I have had great results in my practice with an acupuncturist treating carpal tunnel in pregnancy.
— Sara Liebling, CNM, E-News 1:48

Quotable Quote

Mothers' arms are, by far, the safest baby warmer that has ever been invented.
— Doris Haire