Join us in May for a one-day conference on the East Coast USA!

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Gail Hart, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and Jan Tritten will discuss topics such as New and Old: Techniques for Controlling and Preventing Hemorrhage, Resolving Shoulder Dystocia, and Our Eyes and Non-verbal Communication.

There will also be a Tricks of the Trade sharing session. You may choose from three locations: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the Boston area, and New York City. Learn more about our East Coast mini-conferences this May.

Microbiome and Health

Article 2017.2.23 NEW!

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

Midwifery Today Store News!

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Once or twice each month you’ll receive an e-mail with a special offer or information about a new product. Some offers will be sent only to newsletter subscribers, so be sure to sign up so you don’t miss out! Read More

Plan now to attend our conference in Eugene, Oregon, April 5–9!

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You will be able to choose from classes such as Hemorrhage and Estimating Blood Loss, Research in Midwifery and Using Gentle Tools (Our Hands) for Ideal Positioning. There will also be a two-day Midwifery Skills class. Planned teachers include Carol Gautschi, Gail Hart, Fernando Molina, Sister MorningStar and Penny Simkin. Learn more about our conference in Eugene, Oregon. [Photo by Leilani Rogers] Learn More

Connection and Empathy

Article 2017.2.13

When eminent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Daniel Siegel asked over 65,000 mental health professionals face-to-face in lecture halls around the world if they had ever had a course on the mind or on mental health, 95% replied no. We can imagine what the scenario is for midwives and other birth-related professionals. [Photo by Jennifer Mason] Read More

Editorial: Albert McLaren, Midwife

Article 2017.1.30

We have lost an amazing Fijian midwife and nurse, Albert Edward McLaren. We would not have been able to do the Fiji conference without this maverick of a midwife. He passed away on September 26, 2016, of complications from diabetes. He worked tirelessly for the nine months leading up to the conference—a normal human gestation! He answered dozens of e-mails from me to get the details sorted out. Read More

How a Checklist Promotes Human Rights in Childbirth

Article 2016.12.5

As someone who has witnessed decades of human rights violations in my work as a midwife among the poor in Southeast Asia and Latin America, as well as in America, I know I am not alone in desperately wanting things to be different for women, especially the poor and disenfranchised who suffer the most. Read More

What If, What For and What Now? Human Rights and Cultural Rights in Childbirth

Article 2016.11.15

We have grown a world where mutual recognition of respect and autonomy is not enough. Human rights must become legal rights in our complex global social structures. Education about human rights becomes equally important. [Photo by Monet Moutrie] Read More

The Right to Challenge Tradition and Cultural Conditioning

Article 2016.11.2

…we have reached the limits of the domination of Nature, since on a planetary scale, the number of women who give birth to babies and placentas thanks to the release of a “cocktail of love hormones” is becoming insignificant. What is more, immediately after birth, the immune system of most human beings does not start its education among a great diversity of familiar microbes. [Photo by Lynsey Stone] Read More

Subscription Sale for Students!

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Special prices on Midwifery Today magazine! Act fast! This offer expires March 10, 2017. Midwifery Today magazine is published four times per year. Each issue is filled with clinical articles, vital information, midwifery tricks of the trade, gorgeous birth photos and delightful homebirth stories from around the world. View Special Offer

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

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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

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

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LED Headlamp for Birth Bag:

I have found a small $9 LED head lamp to be a wonderful addition to my bag of tricks for homebirths. It fits in your pocket.

This is a wonderful way to be unobtrusive at the birth at night. The room can stay dark and intimate, but when you need to see something, you can turn on your small light and illuminate a small field of vision.

In addition:

  • You are equipped if there is a blackout.
  • You are equipped in houses without electricity or women who don't want to use electricity during the birth.
  • It can help read the instructions to the woman's house late at night on your way to the birth.
  • It can help you to see in order to repair your car if you have car trouble on the way to the birth.
  • It works on batteries and uses very little power, so mine is still running on the original batteries after a year of use.

— Judy Slome Cohain, Midwifery Today Issue 84

Quotable Quote

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The reverent pleasure of attending births is an equal trade-off for personal forfeitures.

— Karen Parker