Last Early Bird Deadline Monday Aug. 1 for France Conference

Conference 2016.7.27 NEW!

Don’t delay to get the savings. Register for such classes as Rebozo Techniques and Practice. Mirjam de Keijzer, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and Thea van Tuyl will show you how to use a rebozo, demonstrating simple techniques that promote healthy pregnancy and birth. You’ll be able to practice these techniques yourself during the hands-on portion of the full-day class. Part of our conference in Strasbourg, France, this October.

Take advantage of our weekly special!

Specials 2016.7.18

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Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Section

Article 2016.7.21

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

Hands On, Hands Off: Midwifing the Inner Life of Women

Article 2016.7.27 NEW!

Read this article excerpt from the current issue of Midwifery Today now online: “‘Do you have any other questions or comments?’ I asked. Silje floated in her boat on the southern shore of Norway, and I paused in admiration from my cozy rural library in Missouri. I was a Skype midwife to this gorgeous woman with her rosy cheeks and new mother enthusiasm. Silje easily moved in and out of yoga poses while showing me her growing baby. Her Cocker Spaniel companion nestled in to watch us.” Read More

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

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

Enjoy the birth stories of three couples

Featured Product 2016.7.27 NEW!

Just $18, this 42-minute DVD will show you various ways of giving birth, including waterbirth and squatting. The couples also discuss why they decided that homebirth was the best option for them. The audio in Homebirth Stories is in Hebrew; the subtitles are in English. 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