“Babies should be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and love. Their first birth minutes are their welcome to the planet. This is where they will first learn what being on earth is all about. They are most often, hopefully, in a gentle birth whether at home or in hospital, welcomed in tenderness.” Read More
Mother Health has a Mobile Midwives program that sends midwives into rural villages each week to care for women who are unable to travel to the clinic. Reaching out to women in this way has facilitated a decrease in maternal and neonatal mortality in the area. Read More
Finally, we are reaching a phase in the history of midwifery and obstetrical practices when an in-labor non-emergency cesarean appears in many cases as the best alternative to drugless childbirth. In such a context, we understand the need for a new generation of tests in order to decide early enough during labor that the vaginal route is acceptable, without waiting for the phase of real emergency …. Read More
“I would like to talk about fear and phobias, specifically the fear of sharks. Sharks scare me. As a child, they scared me so much that I developed a phobia of any body of water where I couldn’t see the bottom. I’m a grown man of over 30 now, but dark and foreboding waters still strike me motionless. It takes a good 15 minutes of pep talk to ready me for a swim in a pond.” Fathers is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. [ Sign Up for Free Newsletter ] Read More
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If the mother's cervix is tilted way toward the back, if she has a very large baby carried high, if she begins pushing too soon, or if she has no stretch marks, you are more likely to see an edematous cervix. (If the mom has no stretch marks, it means her skin is quite stretchy and so is her cervix. It stretches right down with the baby's head as it moves down instead of pulling up over it.)
The best thing I have found is to put evening primrose oil directly on the edematous area. After it has been applied, give the mother a break for at least 15-20 minutes. Be sure she does not push with her contractions. The evening primrose oil will shrink the swollen tissue very well. Occasionally you may still need to push the lip up over the baby's head once the swelling has decreased.
— Judy Jones, CPM, E-News 2:20
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I view my work as a midwife not only as a passionate effort to offer my best possible service to women who need midwifery care, but as an opportunity to learn from each of these women about the immensity of birth.
— Naoli Vinaver