Midwifery Today Issue Number 88 (Winter 2008) Women's Experience of Pregnancy and Birth|
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Theme: Women's Experience of Pregnancy and Birth
This issue includes tips for homebirth, the physical impact of cesareans on
women, and a variety of stories by women about their experiences.
- Marion's Message: International Midwife Assistance, by Marion Toepke McLean. Marion shares her experiences volunteering and teaching in Afghanistan.
- The Physical Impact of Cesareans, by Pam Udy. Sometimes family and friends don't want to hear about the difficulties that new mothers have to deal with after a cesarean, instead saying, "At least you have a healthy baby." Pamela Udy, President of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), addresses the physical impact that cesarean surgery can have on women. In the next issue, she will address the emotional impact.
- A Midwife's Gift: Olivia's Birth Story, by Laura Thompson Shive. A midwife helps to guide a third-time mom through her home VBAC.
- Seven Tips for Homebirth, by Gloria Lemay. As more women turn to homebirth they need to know what to ask potential providers before becoming a client. The tips from midwifery activist Gloria Lemay can be used by midwives to compare to their practices, and by pregnant moms to guide their choice in or assess the care provided by a midwife.
- The Absence of Fear, by Jasmine Rae Ojala. Not dwelling on fear created by her previous c-section, the author shares her confidence in birthing her second child at home.
- Non-interventive Pelvimetry, by Betty Peckman. This excerpt from Christian Midwifery provides a way to assess the pelvises of pregnant women without the intervention of ultrasound or other interventions by measuring the pelvis and categorizing it by type. From the 1950s and 1960s, it provides a more palatable option for women and midwives who want to avoid unnecessary intervention.
- My Birthing Experience: Inti Imani Albarracine-Miranda, by Vivienne Miranda. After a beautiful homebirth, the midwife suspects a medical problem with the baby.
- Nicholas Antonio, by Ruth Pass.A doula and a midwife help the author to have the birth she wants, in the hospital.
- Determining Relational Needs in Challenging Clients, by Maryl Smith. Midwives sometimes have to deal with emotionally challenging clients. This article identifies some of the personality characteristics that may lead to problems and how to deal with them.
- Father's Experience, by Erwin Beachy. A breech homebirth from a father's perspective.
- Mars Attacks, by Judy Slome Cohain. A light-hearted yet serious look at medical interventions in birth.
- Plastics, by Blue Bradley. Are plastics dangerous for pregnant women and infants? This timely article looks at the research and clarifies the concerns.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder, by Jennifer Vanderlaan. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) afflicts a huge number of people, affecting more women than men. The author shares her experiences supporting a pregnant woman with GAD, and what worked during the perinatal period.
- Aidan's Birth, by Robin Barbier. We tend to think of pregnancy as a happy time, but that overlooks the fact that many pregnancies end before term. Read this story of one woman's experience with pregnancy loss.
- Postdate Protocols for Homebirth, by Paula M. Hostler. Pregnancies that go beyond 42 weeks can cause concern for moms-to-be and midwives. This article proposes protocols for adjusting due dates and otherwise dealing with postdate pregnancies.
- A Surprise Posterior Brow Birth, by Ann Naffziger. A birth story about the challenges of birth and post-birth repercussions, with a baby in posterior position with a brow presentation.
- Placenta Medicine: My Story, by Tiffany Rosebrock. This mother became a believer in placenta medicine after using encapsulated placenta to prevent postpartum depression and assist in successful breastfeeding.
- Healthy Transitions: Pregnancy to Motherhood with Homeopathic Medicine, by Piper Martin. Classical homeopath Piper Martin writes about the use of homeopathic remedies for pre- and post-pregnancy care.
- Remembrance for Nobody, by Michele Klein. Michele Klein notes that, among Jews, there is no formal recognition for the death of a baby in the womb, and asks that we "open our hearts to the silent mourners who have no memorial or grave to stand by."
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