Preeclampsia and Nutritional Priorities

ARTICLE  2015.2.28  NEW!
altcaption“The nature and the expression of pregnancy diseases vary among different species of mammals. It is notable that these differences are related to the nutritional priorities during the prenatal phase of development.” READ MORE…

Improve your midwifery skills and knowledge

CONFERENCE  2015.2.28  NEW!
Attend the full-day Midwifery Skills class with Elizabeth Davis, Patricia Edmonds, Gail Hart, Carol Gautschi, Marion Toepke McLean and Sister MorningStar. Planned sessions include Prenatal Care to Prevent Birth Complications, Common Complications of Labor, The First Hour After Birth and Creating Postpartum Plans that Work. Suitable for both beginning and advanced midwives, this class is part of our conference in Eugene, Oregon, March 18–22, 2015. LEARN MORE…

The Power of Placenta for Hemorrhage Control

ARTICLE  2015.2.4
“The placenta has been a source of wonder throughout history. This truly amazing organ transfers nutrients and gases between mother and baby, producing and secreting the various hormones needed to sustain the pregnancy and allow the baby to flourish…” READ MORE…

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project

ARTICLE  2015.2.16
Birth Photographer Leilani Rogers created the Breastfeeding Awareness Project, which involves breastfeeding photography in the hopes of making breastfeeding a normal part of life in our culture. “Having breastfed four children, some with more success and support than others, I know firsthand what an accomplishment breastfeeding can feel like. It’s no wonder that I’ve developed a passion for capturing those bonding moments for others” READ MORE…

Two of My Birth Stories

ARTICLE  2015.1.22
altcaptionAs my contractions grew closer and stronger, I had less and less to contribute to the table conversation. I sneaked off upstairs and began preparing our bedroom for our long awaited homebirth. I enjoyed many good moments of just breathing, relaxing and letting my body work to move my baby down. I was so grateful to be doing this work in the privacy of my own bedroom, surrounded by those who love me most. No uncomfortable drive to a hospital. No paperwork to sign. No admitting questions to answer. No nurses to subvert. No unnecessary routine interventions to decline. No risk of intruders. No fear. [ PHOTO BY GREGG GARNER ] READ MORE…

Midwifing a Movement

ARTICLE  2014.12.17
“One of my favorite things to do is walk in my garden. My husband and I grow a lot of our food, and I love walking through my beds, observing, planning and just being. Along with midwifery, gardening is a passion of mine. That is why I am so thankful I met Emilee Gettle, who, like me, runs a magazine. Emilee is a leader in the healthy food movement.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 112. [ PHOTO BY BRIAN DUNNE / BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEEDS ] READ MORE…

Spinning Babies: Parent Class shows you how you can enhance your labor and birth

This DVD presents practical strategies that fill the labor progress gaps that other classes often miss and can be used to supplement any approach or childbirth method. It is useful for birth in the hospital, birth center or home and will educate both parents and midwife. VIEW PRODUCT…

Trick of the Trade

It is the baby who initiates labor. In private meditation or with someone helping you do guided visualization, go deep within and listen, asking your baby why s/he has not yet decided to go through the birth process. Unlimited answers are possible and might include: fear of the birth process (yours or the baby's); aversion to one or more participants or the location planned for the birth; your feelings of lack of readiness for parenthood. It may seem as if the answer is coming from your imagination, but your imagination is an important part of your mind. Then listen for any possible solutions that may be offered.
— Donna Worden-Wonder, E-News 1:49

Quotable Quote

Be bold. Be proud. Persist in spreading the word that midwives are not only experts in normal birth, but also expert at keeping birth normal.
— Judy Edmunds, CPM, MT Back Issues