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Midwifery Today Issue Number 80 (Winter 2006) Meconium
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Theme: Meconium

Meconium is the name given to a baby's first bowel movement. Normally not a problem, at times when a baby passes meconium prior to or during birth, problems can occur. In this issue of Midwifery Today birth professionals address their approaches to this issue and share stories in which meconium-stained amniotic fluid played a part. This issue also marks the beginning of a new series on bullying, and continues our business and marketing features, as well as containing a fascinating article questioning a relationship between ultrasound and autism and much more!

Articles in this issue include:

  • Should Midwives Re-invent the Amnioscope? by Michel Odent. How use of amnioscopy, an inexpensive and simple technique, can be used to evaluate condition of the amniotic fluid prior to and during labor.
  • Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Embracing the Unknowns of Birth, by Colleen Bak. The message in this article in our Phase II series is respect for the motherbaby dyad and embracing the unknowns of birth.
  • Marion's Message: Cesarean on Maternal Request, by Marion Toepke McLean. Marion critiques the outcome of the NIH's recent conference on "Cesarean on Maternal Request."
  • The Problem Is Induction, Not Meconium, by Gail Hart. The author discusses the issue of meconium and the link between meconium aspiration syndrome and induction of labor.
  • Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism, by Caroline Rodgers. A groundbreaking article that examines the literature on prenatal ultrasound and questions whether it may be a factor in the increasing number of children diagnosed with autism and other birth defects.
  • On Meconium at Home and Delayed Cord-cutting, by Naolé Vinaver. This homebirth midwife shares her experience in successfully handling babies who pass meconium prior to birth.
  • The Life of My Body, by Corbin Lewars. Having babies had a positive effect on the author's relationship with her body.
  • The Color of Goldenrod, by Janice Marsh-Prelesnik. An unusual story about a baby who passed meconium long before birth.
  • Healing the Trauma: Entering Motherhood with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), by Jennifer Jamison Griebenow. Some women who suffer the symptoms of postpartum depression may actually be experiencing PTSD. This article describes PTSD and makes suggestions for dealing with it during and after pregnancy.
  • Mothers and Long Dysfunctional Labors, by Judy Slome Cohain. Frequent MT writer Judy Slome Cohain provides some personal insights about relationships with mothers and long, dysfunctional labors.
  • Birth Herbs and Homeopathics: Stats and Stories, by Diane Gregg. Excerpted from Amazing Birth Stories, midwife Diane shares her experience with various homeopathics and herbs for birth.
  • Korotun's Birth, by Kris Holloway-Bidwell. This article is an excerpt from the book Monique and the Mango Rains, which was reviewed in the last issue of MT. It tells the story of a difficult birth in Mali, Africa.
  • We Are All Midwives, by Debbie A. Díaz Ortiz. Debbie writes about why traditional midwives should not be left out of WHO's definition of midwife.
  • From Midwife to Peace Corps Volunteer: A Baby Boomer's Journey in Honduras, by Deborah Drew. Considering the Peace Corps or just wanting to make a difference in birth in Central America? Read this article on one woman's experience.
  • Flower Healing: The Story of a Pakistani Midwife, by Sharon Craig. An inspiring story of a community-based midwife who is making a difference in a country where maternal and infant mortality are extremely high.
  • Placenta Rituals and Folklore from around the World, by Sarah J. Buckley. The newborn baby's placenta is the focus of a variety of rituals throughout the world, which Sarah shares with us.

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