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- My Journey into Planned Homebirth in Venezuela - by Fernando Molina
A Venezuelan doctor dedicates himself to attending homebirths in his country despite the obstacles thrown at him by government officials, other doctors and others who refuse to see past the accepted, technocratic model of birth.
- Question of the Quarter - What is your favorite waterbirth story?
Waterbirth stories from Midwifery Today issue 54.
- Tool Bag - by Judith Elaine Halek
What should you carry in your birth bag for labor and birth? Here is a list of equipment that could be handy.
- How to Make a Portable Waterbirth Tub - by Melanie Moore
For almost three years, I have been renting out a birth tub to my clients. The entire system cost me $350. I charge $100 for one month of use, including set-up and removal. I have even set this tub up in the hospital.
- Preparation a la naissance dans l'eau - by Jill Cohen
Article in French. Il y a 3 ans un club prive m'a demande de mettre au point un programme de travail prenatal.
- A Natural Alternative to Suturing - by Denise Gilpin-Blake, LM, CCE, CLE and Summer Elliot, SM, RN, BSN
While on an Indian reservation, I had studied with a shaman and observed the use of seaweed to heal burns and deep lacerations...
- A Midwife’s Perspective: Labor and Birth in the Water - by Jill Cohen
Misunderstandings abound about the use of water in birth, learn about the positive effects.
- Editorial: Birth Odyssey - by Jan Tritten
Nothing is more important than the motherbaby relationship. The experience of growing a little person inside of you, nourished and fed by your own body and blood, is precious. These days we realize that our baby is also nurtured by our heart, mind and spirit.
- Un Tournant dans L'histoire des Naissances Aquatiques - by Michel Odent
Article in French. Le 21 aout 1999 marque un tournant important dans naissances aquatiques. A Landmark in the History of Birthing Pools
- Birth Choices in Venezuela - by Fernando Molina
One of the “good guys,” Fernando Molina enlightens us on the situation regarding birth choices in Venezuela, in both Spanish and English.
- Editorial: Midwifery Today: Past and Future - by Jan Tritten
Midwifery Today is 18 years old this year. I like to reflect deeply at special milestones. To me, the beginning of the year is always a time of intense planning for the future and pondering where we have been.
- Editorial: Baby's Choice - by Jan Tritten
What would a baby choose for her birth? Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten encourages us to think about what a baby might choose for birth and respect the baby, as well as the mother.
- Making a Difference: A Blueprint for Harmony - by Sunni Karll
In many traditions, the father has the duty and honor to welcome the newborn to Earth. In these traditions, the first sound and the very first impression that the baby hears is the voice of her father. He will whisper in the left ear of his newborn the most sacred word known.
- Trusting Birth Even More - by Carla Hartley
Today a friend e-mailed a very tragic story of loss and despair. A mom going in for her second cesarean suffered a massive rupture and lost her baby and her ability to have another.
- Foreskins for Keeps—An Idea Whose Time Has Come - by Gloria Lemay
Contributing Editor Gloria Lemay tells about her path to ending circumcision by January 2008.
- Birth Healing - by Rosetta Thuresson
Rosetta lost her mother when she was born, as a result of an epidural. She shares here how birthing her own daughter helped her on the road to healing.
- Welcoming Sophie - by Sister MorningStar
Contributing editor Sister MorningStar recounts the magical, sacred home waterbirth of her newest grandchild, Sophie.
- Birth at Sea - by Holly Knight
Read the beautiful poetry by Holly Knight about the birth of her child.
- A Declaration of the Rights of Childbearing Women - by Leilah McCracken
Birth is easy. Obfuscating medical factoids make it hard. Modern obstetrical knowledge is based on false hospital outcomes; more is known about how bedridden patients give birth than how real, panting, sensual women give birth.
- Am I a Traditional Midwife? - by Brandi Wood
What is a traditional midwife? Brandi Wood discusses this question in the context of her own identity, as an apprentice-trained midwife who also makes the most of 21st century technology.
- What Is a Birth without Loving Touch? - by Naolí Vinaver
Naolí discusses touch as a basic need of all beings and, in particular, the benefits of loving touch-applied with awareness to the needs of the laboring recipient-during birth.
- Seven Tips for Creating a Calm, Joyous 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.
- Editorial: Happy Birthday, Birth Change - by Jan Tritten
Midwifery Today turns 19 years old in February of 2005. For me, that is nearly 20 years of working to change birth with Midwifery Today, plus over 10 years of homebirth practice, changing birth one motherbaby at a time.
- Three Keys to Avoiding Postpartum Hemorrhage - by Margarett Scott, CPM
The first key to preventing postpartum hemorrhage is good prenatal nutrition and supplements. Read Margarett Scott's article to learn more.
- Editorial: Birth Change - by Jan Tritten
One of my most important roles in my midwifery life is that of encourager. My desire is that you carry out the dreams given to you - and I know you have them. I delight in telling about people carrying out their dreams as a way, hopefully, to inspire you.