Submission Guidelines

Publications for birth practitioners, childbirth educators and parents-to-be.

General Guidelines

Midwifery Today is a 72-page quarterly publication for birth practitioners. We emphasize natural childbirth, breastfeeding, networking and education. Our aim is to foster communication between practitioners and families and to promote responsible midwifery and childbirth education around the world.

We seek a balance of scientific/technical material and "softer" personal and/or philosophical articles, including birth-related art, poetry and humor. We consider submissions on all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. The professional and business aspects of midwifery and childbirth education are also of interest to our readers.

Concise material that clearly expresses your knowledge, experience, feelings or findings will receive consideration. We encourage you to review a copy of Midwifery Today prior to submitting. If you are submitting an instructive article aimed at midwifery procedure or practice, please be accurate and factual. Identify and credit your sources of information. Please see our online MT Editorial Style Sheet and sample references for reference format and general style guidelines. Proofread your work and be sure it follows our style guidelines. We reserve the right to edit for clarity, content and length. We like to work closely with our contributors and, whenever possible, give contributors the opportunity to review all edits.

E-mail your article to editorial@midwiferytoday.com (See Article E-Mail Guidelines.) Please include your article in the body of the e-mail or attach as a word document. Include your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address on the first page. Please include a biographical sketch of no more than 40 words. If you wish to withhold your name, please indicate whether you prefer an anonymous citing, your initials or a pseudonym. We welcome photos with your submission. Please see our photo guidelines for acceptable formats.

Please Note:

  • We will not consider previously published articles.
  • We reserve the right to edit for clarity, content and length. When possible, we give contributors the opportunity to review all edits prior to publication.
  • We cannot guarantee return of material submitted. Submit high quality copies of your work; retain a copy of your article, photography or artwork.
  • Midwifery Today is a nonpaying market. Contributors receive two copies, and authors of full-length feature articles receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the publication in which the article appears.
  • A mailing address and biographical sketch should accompany all submissions.

All writers whose articles are accepted for publication will be required to sign and return an exclusive Copyright Transfer Agreement prior to publication of the work. Click here to view a copy of the agreement.

Editorial

Midwifery Today Features and Columns

Full Length Articles: We are interested in all pregnancy, birth and postpartum subjects directed toward midwives, doulas, childbirth educators or their clients. We accept technical, objective (journalistic reporting), as well as instructive, personal experience articles. References are encouraged, where appropriate, and suitable photographs, charts, diagrams and other graphics may clarify or enhance your article. Please do not feel constrained by quarterly themes.

View the upcoming Midwifery Today Editorial Themes.

Midwifery Today features the following topics in its publications:

  • Clinical articles on midwifery techniques and practices.
  • Stories with a geographic focus that cover pregnancy and birth in a specific area.
  • Birth stories by practitioners that share insights or information learned.
  • Birth stories by mothers or other family members, with the intent of helping birth practitioners gain knowledge and understanding. These should be powerful, poignant, challenging, entertaining and educational.
  • Recipes for tinctures, hot packs, herbal treatments, salves, teas and nutrition-packed recipes for pregnancy and labor.
  • Remedies: Choose a favorite herb, aroma or homeopathic that you use for pregnancy, birth, postpartum or lactation and describe its preparation and use. Or choose a topic or condition and describe a variety of remedies. In either case, be specific about preparation and dosage.
  • Business information, systems and suggestions to help midwives, doulas and childbirth educators improve their practices.
  • Autobiographical or biographical portraits of practitioners: how and why did you or someone else enter the birthing field; your training, practice(s), goals, family, non-birthing interests and insights.
  • News, litigation, information, advice, pending legislation and insurance issues concerning the practice of midwifery in your area. Opinion pieces.
  • Pregnancy, birth and midwifery poetry.
  • Midwifery from around the world. Send us articles that discuss pregnancy, birth and postpartum subjects, customs, traditions, remedies, cultural roles, legal issues, challenges or triumphs from a global perspective. Describe the status of birth and midwifery in your country. Submission of photos is strongly encouraged.

Media Reviews: Each issue features reviews of books, video and other media. If you submit a review, include the following information: authors/editors, name of product, cost, pages/length, format, publisher/producer name, address, phone. Limit reviews to 600 words. The item should be relevant to birth practitioners or parents. Explain why it is or isn't helpful and give readers a feel for what the product is like. What topics are covered? Are they covered clearly and thoroughly? Are references included? If it is a book, does it include photos or illustrations?

Networking: Air formal and informal comments and opinions, share news, ask questions, critique articles in past issues and give technical advice or spiritual support. Two to five paragraphs in letter form.

Tricks of the Trade: Share practical wisdom and helpful hints from your practice. Information you won't find in a textbook.

Cards and Letters: We welcome your letters, opinions and updates. Two to five paragraphs in letter form.

Midwifery Today E-News

A free biweekly online publication for all childbirth practitioners and interested parents. Our intention is to reach beyond our print capabilities as well as expand our already existing Internet capabilities by offering a quick and timely way to inform, network and support those who work with women during their childbearing years. E-News features convenient links to other appropriate and helpful sites, and an eventual link to the Midwifery Today articles database. It is also a springboard to other Midwifery Today Internet projects. Subscribing is easy; go here.

E-News invites you to submit material you would like to share with our subscribers. Please note the following guidelines:

  1. All material must be e-mailed. Please send to this address:
    mtensubmit@midwiferytoday.com.
  2. Your e-mailed submission must be received in the form of a standard e-mail message, not an attachment. Include your full name and city/state or country.
  3. We do not accept graphics at this time. Photography and art are always considered for our print publication, however.
  4. Please limit yourself to one to seven paragraphs. We are striving for brevity so busy birth practitioners can receive information that is highly useful yet quickly read. Longer submissions will be considered for Midwifery Today.

Please consider the following topics for submissions: techniques that have worked for you; news items (please cite your sources); and favorite herbal remedies or related therapies, such as aromatherapy or homeopathy. Also, ask questions, make comments, sound off or otherwise respond to material in past issues of E-News.

Article E-Mail Guidelines

Save your article in one of the following formats:

.rtf (Rich Text Format)
.doc (Microsoft Word)
.txt (Plain Text)

Send only one attachment per e-mail. E-mail your document to BOTH of the following addresses (using the "cc" function):

jan@midwiferytoday.com
editorial@midwiferytoday.com

Photography and Artwork

Overall Guidelines

Please provide images at the highest possible resolution from your digital camera.

We generally pay $15 per inside shot, $25 for full bleed, $50 for Midwifery Today cover. You will also receive one copy of the magazine per inside shot and one copy for a full bleed or cover shot. There is no compensation for photos submitted with articles. Photos submitted specifically for our Photo Album are not paid, but the submitter will receive two copies of the magazine.

We like pictures of mothers and babies together, babies alone, siblings with babies, etc. Photos that involve midwives, doulas, midwifery students and specific procedures/positions/equipment are also helpful. Because birth photos are difficult to find, we are always happy to receive those.

Film Images

We can work with a wide variety of prints. Our preferred photo format is 5" x 7" glossy prints, but anything from 2" x 3" up to 8" x 10" will usually work.

Please avoid sending matte photos. A glossy finish will scan much better. The irregular surface of a matte photo can cause distortions on a scanner.

Both color and black and white images are acceptable. Although our final output is black and white, we can convert a color photo into a black-and-white image. We do occasionally have use for color images (such as on book covers and our Web site).

About composition and picture quality:

  1. Dust, lines, etc.: We have a lot of tools for "erasing" dust and lines without losing detail.
  2. Background: Sometimes we will "blur out" the background. We've also been known to erase oddly placed light switches, etc. Cropping is easy.
  3. Lighting: Even poor lighting can be fixed. As long as there aren't overexposed places where all definition is lost, we can usually compensate.

Digital Photos

To print a cover photo at proper resolution, a photo must be 9" wide by 11.25" tall, at 300 dpi minimum resolution.

To print a full-bleed image inside the magazine, a photo must be 9" wide by 11.25" tall, at 300 dpi minimum resolution.

For photos inside the magazine, a photo should be the equivalent of 5" x 7" (portrait or landscape orientation) at 300 dpi minimum resolution.

Picture format can be a limitation when using a digital camera. If pictures are taken with JPEG (.jpg) compression used, they will often have to be downsampled to smooth out the compression artifacts generated by the format. This can be minimized on most cameras by using "best quality" or "no compression." Some cameras will allow you to save in TIFF format (.tif). TIFF format is preferred, because it does not degrade the image quality.

The ideal is to keep your original photos as they come off the camera. For our use, we want the originals, not even opened and re-saved.

Scanned Pictures

If your pictures are taken with film, please make duplicate prints from the original negatives and send the duplicates to us. We prefer to do the scanning from a print. If you want to be sure we're interested in the photos before making and mailing prints, please e-mail us low-resolution scans (72 dpi JPEGs) ahead of time. We will let you know which photos we may be able to use.

Photo Submission Guidelines

Photographs or artwork sent via e-mail, must be saved in the TIFF format (.tif). Send only one attachment per e-mail. E-mail all photos to layout@midwiferytoday.com ONLY.

***Do not send photos to jan@midwiferytoday.com.***

For files larger than 800KB, please e-mail layout@midwiferytoday.com and ask for upload instructions.

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your photos returned. Please retain a copy of your photography or artwork, as we cannot guarantee prompt return of your submission.

Mission Statement

Through networking and education, Midwifery Today's mission is to return midwifery care to its rightful position in the family; to make midwifery care the norm throughout the world; and to redefine midwifery as a vital partnership with women.

For more information about Midwifery Today, Inc., please click here.