To better guide pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, author and physician Fernando Molina helps readers to understand the affect the microorganisms in intestinal flora have on influencing overall health. [Photo by Lynsey Stone] Read More
When eminent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Daniel Siegel asked over 65,000 mental health professionals face-to-face in lecture halls around the world if they had ever had a course on the mind or on mental health, 95% replied no. We can imagine what the scenario is for midwives and other birth-related professionals. [Photo by Jennifer Mason] Read More
We have lost an amazing Fijian midwife and nurse, Albert Edward McLaren. We would not have been able to do the Fiji conference without this maverick of a midwife. He passed away on September 26, 2016, of complications from diabetes. He worked tirelessly for the nine months leading up to the conference—a normal human gestation! He answered dozens of e-mails from me to get the details sorted out. Read More
As someone who has witnessed decades of human rights violations in my work as a midwife among the poor in Southeast Asia and Latin America, as well as in America, I know I am not alone in desperately wanting things to be different for women, especially the poor and disenfranchised who suffer the most. Read More
We have grown a world where mutual recognition of respect and autonomy is not enough. Human rights must become legal rights in our complex global social structures. Education about human rights becomes equally important. [Photo by Monet Moutrie] Read More
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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.
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Castor Oil Packs for Mastitis:
To treat mastitis, have the woman use castor oil packs: wet a cloth diaper or other cotton fabric with hot water, pour on castor oil, place diaper/castor oil over red spot, cover with plastic wrap to keep heat in, and cover that with a heating pad. She should leave the pack on the affected breast(s) for at least one hour, but the longer it is left on, the more effective it is. It is best to nurse baby on the affected breast first. Mom should use a fresh pack at least three times a day, for hours at a time whenever possible. Recommend her to wipe off the castor oil before she nurses-it tastes terrible and can cause diarrhea.
The mom should take these additional steps:
Rest-specifically, go to bed.
Drink plenty of water-sip fluids constantly.
Take echinacea, vitamin C and astragalus to boost immune function.
If the affected mom does this regimen for 24 to 36 hours and continues to get worse, she should call her health care provider. Sometimes if the redness remains but the spot feels better, it's OK.
— Mary, Midwifery Today Issue 73
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Medicine and midwifery are not sciences, they are clinical practices. It is the nature of scientific work to expose inconsistencies, to show the flaws in the old paradigm. Clinical practice is not about generating data—it's about treating people.
— Barbara Katz Rothman