Tribute to a Maverick

ARTICLE  2014.11.21  NEW!
Article by Ina May Gaskin: The dynamic influence of the Gaskin duo reaches far and wide, and in this touching piece, Ina May gives tribute to her beloved husband, Stephen, who recently passed away. “Anyone who knows the story about how I became a midwife knows very well that it would not have happened without Stephen. He opened up a path for me to become a midwife in the US during a time when hardly anyone was aware that nurse-midwifery existed, a time when comparatively few people even knew what a midwife was.” READ MORE…

Learn how “Birthing with Love Changes the World”

CONFERENCE  2014.11.24  NEW!
Come to our conference in Eugene, Oregon, next March and learn from teachers such as Gail Tully, Carol Gautschi, Marion Toepke McLean, Yeshi Neumann and Suzanne Thomson. Classes you can choose from include Essential Midwifery, Hemorrhage and Estimating Blood Loss, A Day with Michel Odent, and Mexican Traditions and Techniques. LEARN MORE…

My favorite waterbirth

E-NEWS  2014.11.21  NEW!
“It started one fall morning in 1987, the day dawning clear and calm. For weeks I had been waiting, along with Steve, my rowing partner and friend, for just such a day. … With thoughts of ‘no time like the present’ and ‘time’s a wastin’, I waded in and began my swim.” Waterbirth is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. Read responses about benefits of waterbirth. SIGN UP FOR FREE NEWSLETTER ] READ MORE…

What Is a Village Prenatal?

ARTICLE  2014.10.21
“About two years ago, my intentional community started what we call village prenatals. ‘Village’ because they involve many women…. The village prenatals have a sole purpose, which is to gather out of selfless service to support and encourage the instinctual life of pregnant women who are trying to birth in power against a modern current of fear and an environment of perpetual interventions.” Read this article from Issue 111 of Midwifery Today. READ MORE…

Why Aren’t More Breech Babies Born at Home? A Student Midwife’s Perspective

ARTICLE  2014.10.21
Student midwife Karin Peacock has witnessed the normalcy of breech birth, so she asked the obvious question: Why aren’t more breech babies born at home? Read this article from Issue 111 of Midwifery Today. READ MORE…

Prematurity Is Preventable

ARTICLE  2014.10.7
“As a midwife, I attended over 300 births and I only had one case of prematurity. That…one birth changed our practice and caused us to carefully tally protein and other nutrients. The birth that changed us was our one case of prematurity. We looked back on this mother’s diet sheet to see what the issue might have been and found the answers in her lack of nutrition.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 111. READ MORE…

Catharina Schrader: A Midwife of 18th-Century Friesland

ARTICLE  2014.8.24
“Her path to professional midwifery was not an easy one. When she was 38 years old and the mother of six young children, her first husband died. To support her family, she began to work as a midwife. As she indicates, this was partially because both the doctors and townspeople were urgently pressing her to help them. As the wife of a surgeon, she had apparently assisted at difficult births and complicated situations did not prevent her from acting quickly in emergencies to save the lives of mother and baby whenever possible.” READ MORE…

How does our way of birth affect future generations?

ARTICLE  2014.7.18
Midwife Marion Toepke McLean discusses this interesting topic. “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….” Read this article from Midwifery Today Issue 110. READ MORE…

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SPECIAL  2014.11.21  NEW!
Get one for yourself or for a friend. This is just one of the great deals on our Online Holiday Coupon Page. Be sure to take advantage of the savings during the Holiday shopping season. You’ll also find special offers from other merchants. LEARN MORE…

Save on Birth Joy DVDs when you order by December 31!

Included in this offer are General Skills for the Student Midwife, Newborn Exam for the Student Midwife, Midwife’s Assistant Orientation for the Student Midwife and Maternal Exam for the Student Midwife, Parts I and II. These educational DVDs make fine gifts for anyone who is studying to become a midwife. VIEW PRODUCT…

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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  2014.11.23  NEW!
When I was working in Scotland, the Simpson (big, prestigious hospital in Edinburgh) conducted a large study of Chlorhexidine vs. plain tap water for rinsing the perineum. They found no difference in infection rate and concluded that tap water was cheap and effective. I was used to washing down the perineum with Chlorhexidine so I would always warn women that it might sting (following birth). When we switched to warm water, I stopped seeing the usual wince as I rinsed the perineum. Many women in fact found it comforting.
— Amy, E-News 2:7

Quotable Quote

WEEKLY FEATURE  2014.11.23  NEW!
I stay quiet, do a good job, focus on the need that is there and try to meet it, and thus become so entrenched in the community that the community then becomes my support.
— Sister Angela Murdaugh