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
…we have reached the limits of the domination of Nature, since on a planetary scale, the number of women who give birth to babies and placentas thanks to the release of a “cocktail of love hormones” is becoming insignificant. What is more, immediately after birth, the immune system of most human beings does not start its education among a great diversity of familiar microbes. [Photo by Lynsey Stone] Read More
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Trick of the Trade
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LED Headlamp for Birth Bag:
I have found a small $9 LED head lamp to be a wonderful addition to my bag of tricks for homebirths. It fits in your pocket.
This is a wonderful way to be unobtrusive at the birth at night. The room can stay dark and intimate, but when you need to see something, you can turn on your small light and illuminate a small field of vision.
- You are equipped if there is a blackout.
- You are equipped in houses without electricity or women who don't want to use electricity during the birth.
- It can help read the instructions to the woman's house late at night on your way to the birth.
- It can help you to see in order to repair your car if you have car trouble on the way to the birth.
- It works on batteries and uses very little power, so mine is still running on the original batteries after a year of use.
— Judy Slome Cohain, Midwifery Today Issue 84
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The reverent pleasure of attending births is an equal trade-off for personal forfeitures.
— Karen Parker