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Midwifery Today Issue Number 117 (Spring 2016 ) 30th Anniversary
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Theme: 30th Anniversary

We are pleased to be able to celebrate Midwifery Today’s 30-year anniversary with our readers for the Spring 2016 issue. To celebrate midwifery, we chose thirteen of our most favorite articles from thirteen of our most loyal and devoted writers and are reprinting them in this anniversary edition. You will be able to read from the best of the best, including Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Michel Odent, Robin Lim, Sister MorningStar, Gail Tully, Elizabeth Davis and others as we continue to provide you with only the best, up-to-date and evidence-based information surrounding childbirth. This issue also features some great new articles, including one about institutional biases in birth research—a must read! As an additional way to celebrate our readers, writers and the success of Midwifery Today, we are pleased to announce that this issue will have our first ever color cover. Here’s to 30 more years! .

Articles include:

  • The Fourth Stage: Sharing the Asian Way by Ibu Robin Lim. From her experience as a midwife in Indonesia, CNN Hero of the Year Robin Lim shares with us the Asian way of taking care of women postpartum.
  • Childbirth from a Bacteriological Perspective by Michel Odent. French pediatrician Michel Odent shares how interfering with the process of childbirth causes a baby to enter the world of microbes in a radically different way—one that is far less desirable in terms of the health of the baby.
  • First Hours after Birth: Family Integration and Mutual Regulation by Penny Simkin. Benefits of a holistic approach to fourth stage are reviewed in this informative article by childbirth educator and doula Penny Simkin.
  • Opening the Pelvic Brim with Walcher’s Position by Gail Tully. The detailed illustrations and first-hand experiences author Gail Tully provides will help to expand your understanding and application of this time-tested technique used to engage babies stuck at the pelvic brim.
  • The Enduring Qualities of Midwifery by Elizabeth Davis. “Respect for nature, for the physiology of birth, is the cornerstone of our midwifery tradition.” Educator and midwife Elizabeth Davis discusses the differences between midwives and obstetricians, current trends and ages-old traditions, remarking on how much midwives have to contribute to the future of birth.
  • 30 Years and Still Going Strong by Jan Tritten. 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.
  • Global Midwifery and the Humanization of Birth by Marsden Wagner. From Midwifery Today’s 2007 Costa Rica conference, Marsden Wagner, MD, shares his speech.
  • A Vision of Birth by Sarah J. Buckley. Dr. Sarah Buckley shares her thoughts on birth, which include trusting your instincts and connecting with the earth.
  • A Difficult Breech Birth by Marion Toepke McLean. Marion tells the incredible story of a breech birt at the Teso Safe Motherhood Clinic in Soroti, Uganda.
  • Managing First Stage Problems by John Stevenson. Dr. John Stevenson discusses common first stage labor problems and what he typically does to remedy them.
  • Midwifing Second Stage by Sister MorningStar. Regular contributor Sister MorningStar shares her thoughts and experiences on the importance of communication, community and constancy in this article about the midwife’s role during second stage.
  • How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia by Ina May Gaskin. Ina May shares the history behind the Gaskin Maneuver and how her non-traditional midwifery training allowed her to be introduced to skills she wouldn’t have received otherwise.
  • Waterbirth Basics: From Newborn Breathing to Hospital Protocols by Barbara Harper. This article will prove to be your go-to resource on waterbirth.
  • Delayed Cord Clamping Requires a New Table for Stressed Newborns by Mary Esther Malloy. This is an important article to consider regarding the practical aspect of the kinds of equipment and furniture used in hospitals to care for stressed newborns.
  • A Slower Transition for Waterbirth Babies by Gail Hart. Midwife Gail Hart discusses waterbirth babies and how they take a little longer transitioning to life on the outside than land-born babies.
  • Cesarean Prevention Gains Some New Allies by Marion Toepke McLean. “Birthing women deserve optimal care and a chance to give birth in the safest way for mom and baby. The new ACOG guidelines and the work of Ariadne Labs and their associates can provide long-term benefits.”
  • The Bond of Midwifery and Art by Annette Wilson. Midwifery Today’s graphic designer shares her thoughts on the importance of birth photography to the normalization of gentle birth around the world.
  • Outside the Evidence: Births Missing from the Research by Sarit Shatken-Stern. A thought-provoking article about the biases found in birth research.

View complete Table of Contents here.


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