Birth and the Human Future Workshop August 15

ARTICLE  2014.7.18
Midwife Marion Toepke McLean discusses an interesting topic: How does our way of birth affect future generations? “Lack of a healthy immune system may produce inflammation-based chronic diseases, as well as allergies and auto-immune disorders. Cesarean babies and babies who lack early contact with their mothers have been noted to have an increased incidence of these conditions…. I have organized a one-day workshop called Birth and the Human Future to share this information and to discuss its importance to childbirth practices. The workshop will be held … just a couple miles from my home on August 15, 2014.” Read this article from Midwifery Today Issue 110. READ MORE…

The Art and Soul of Midwifery: Creativity in Practice, Education and Research

REVIEW  2014.7.11
Review by Sarah Harwell. “Editor Lorna Davies has put together a diverse collection of writings that thoughtfully explore the intersections of art, creativity and midwifery. Birth art, craft, theater, dance and poetry are some of the art forms explored in-depth.” READ MORE…

The Doula Business Guide; Creating a Successful MotherBaby Business

REVIEW  2014.6.30
Review by Toni Rakestraw. “The Doula Business Guide is a step-by-step guide to setting up your doula business. From writing your business plan to tax issues, this book will be a great asset to doulas everywhere who need to know more about the business side of things.” READ MORE…

Stephen Gaskin Dies at 79

NEWS  2014.7.11
Stephen Gaskin, co-founder of The Farm, an intentional community in Summertown, Tennessee, passed away on July 1. Husband of midwife Ina May Gaskin, Stephen is the author of several books. He is also the founder of The Farm’s overseas relief and development organization, Plenty, for which he received the First Right Livelihood Award, called in Europe the Alternative Nobel Prize. READ MORE…

Homebirth and the Microbiome

ARTICLE  2014.6.13
“I have valued homebirth ever since my doctor talked me into having one! I had two homebirths and they were the most empowering events I have ever experienced. After a horrendous hospital birth with my first child, these births were especially amazing.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 110. READ MORE…

Mercy In Action Midwives Form Disaster Response to Deadly Super Typhoon

ARTICLE  2014.6.11
Midwife Vicki Penwell describes her experience of providing aid with Mercy In Action in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. “I think all of the midwives are dead!” This is what a distraught husband told his laboring wife the day after super typhoon Haiyan devastated the coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines. So although our own homes and birth center had been badly damaged by the severe flooding on Luzon Island the month before, my daughter-in-law Rose said, “Vic, we have to go help.” READ MORE…

Honoring Placenta Wisdom

ARTICLE  2014.5.27
Midwife Sister MorningStar shares her love and admiration of placentas in this beautifully written article. “I spent hours poring over my first placenta as an apprentice. I had watched farm and domestic mammals give birth but barely saw their placentas as the mother consumed them as quickly as they birthed. I was fascinated by the puzzle pieces: the fat lobes making a pie-shaped disc; the way it felt heavy in my hand; the smooth side for baby; the veins running like rivers meeting at a center; the cord insertion; the smell. I turned it over and over and looked again.” READ MORE…

What is a doula?

FEATURED PRODUCT  2014.7.21
Learn about doulas, what they do and why they are important in Doulas, one of Midwifery Today’s popular e-books. Articles include “The Doula Phenomenon and Authentic Midwifery: Protection as a Keyword” by Michel Odent, “A Birth Doula for Every Mother” by Allie Chee and “A Doula’s Bag-of-Tricks: What’s in It for You?” by Debra Pascali-Bonaro. Available on Amazon Or on Smashwords in a variety of formats. VIEW PRODUCT…

Learn about midwifery education!

MIDWIFERY EDUCATION  2014.7.30  NEW!
Are you an aspiring midwife who’s looking for the right school? Are you a practicing midwife who would like to learn more? Visit our Education Opportunities page to discover ways to start or continue your education. LEARN MORE…

Trick of the Trade

WEEKLY FEATURE  2014.7.27  NEW!
My midwives were herbalists with lots of experience under their belts. One of them made me a wonderful herbal cocktail that is delicious and effective for not only postpartum blues but for fortifying breastmilk. I make a tea from red clover, great for purifying the blood and helping improve breastmilk; lemon balm, which works wonderfully for lifting the spirits; red raspberry leaf, which helps the uterine walls contract so the uterus can shrink back down to size; and nettles, which contains vitamin K, important for clotting. Nettles also is a good source of iron, which is important for breastfeeding babies. I steep a teaspoon of each per cup of tea for about five minutes. It is best fresh!
— Grace, E-News 1:13

Quotable Quote

WEEKLY FEATURE  2014.7.27  NEW!
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