Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Section

Article 2016.7.21 NEW!

Read this article excerpt from the current issue of Midwifery Today now online: “Not long ago, when a woman conceived and had a healthy pregnancy, she took it for granted that she would give birth naturally, the way nature intended. However, we have come to such a tipping point now that when women give birth naturally at our birth center, relatives and friends are surprised that she had a normal delivery.” Read More

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Specials 2016.7.18

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Core Midwifery Skills

Article 2016.7.9

Excerpt: Where do we learn the most about birth? I think we learn most from the mothers and babies on their journey. Can we separate core midwifery skills from the face-to-face meeting of the mothers and getting to know them and walking on their journey with them? Our core midwifery skills must attach directly to the kind of prenatal care we provide, our attention at births and our encouragement and care postpartum. There is no substitute for experience. Read More

Improve your midwifery skills

Conference 2016.6.27

Attend the full-day Midwifery Skills class with Cornelia Enning, Carol Gautschi, Mindy Levy, Fernando Molina and Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos. Topics covered include Handling Birth Complications in Waterbirth, Helping Mothers through Trauma and Miraculous Beginnings. Learn more about our conference in Strasbourg, France, this October.

The Bond of Midwifery and Art

Article 2016.5.30

“The idiom ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ begins to explain the importance of birth photography for midwifery. There is a valuable bond between the two.” Midwifery Today’s graphic designer shares her thoughts on the importance of birth photography to the normalization of gentle birth around the world. [Photo by Leilani Rogers] Read More

Outside the Evidence: Births Missing from the Research

Article 2016.4.26

The author provides a thought-provoking article about the biases found in birth research. “All of the high level medical evidence is flawed because it only reflects what happens at institutions that are big enough to do research. I’d like to call this institutional bias or academic bias, but those titles are both taken by other concepts. For lack of a better term, let’s call it research hospital bias.” [Photo by Monet Moutrie] Read More

30 Years and Still Going Strong!

Article 2016.3.29

“My desire with Midwifery Today was to fill the void of timely information but I wanted to do it in an artistic way, with photos, art, poetry and columns of information germane to our practices. The original goal was to midwife midwives and now it also includes encouraging and informing doulas, childbirth educators, moms and anyone else who is in involved with birth.” Midwifery Today’s editor-in-chief celebrates MT’s 30-year anniversary by honoring 13 of the magazine’s most loyal contributors and gentle birth advocates. Read More

MORNINGSTAR78child (3K)The Newly Born: Gazing and Human Development

Article 2016.3.1

This article by midwife Sister MorningStar provides the reader with insight into newborns and their needs, paying close attention to their sense of sight and the newborn’s inclination to gaze at his mother. Read More

Learn and review basic midwifery skills

Featured Product 2016.7.13

If you’re studying to become a midwife, you need General Skills for the Student Midwife. This 2-DVD set is packed with demonstrations by experienced midwives and nurses and gives you the opportunity see hands-on skills being performed. Topics covered include Sterile Technique, Basic Treatment of Shock, Maternal Temperature Assessment, Maternal Skin Assessment, Newborn Temperature Assessment and much more! 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

Weekly Feature 2016.7.24 NEW!

If a woman is holding back because she is afraid of passing a stool, suggest she sit on the toilet and push. Then offer her a bed pan AND some privacy.

— Anon., E-News 2:10

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2016.7.24 NEW!

In my dream, all parties choose to reject the kind of rigid and hierarchical thinking that assumes there can be only one standard, so that if there are two, that has to mean that one is better and the other is worse. There is more than one good way to do something well!

— Robbie Davis-Floyd