Midwifery Today, Issue 121, Spring 2017
Theme: Mothering

Issue 121: Mothering

Cover photo by Hannah Palamara
Tree of Life Doula Photography

Throughout life, women find themselves in the role of mothering. With this issue’s theme of “Mothering,” our offerings are diverse. You will find tips on having a good pregnancy to making the best of a cesarean birth to mothers supporting mothers after birth. Our beloved Robin Lim even shares the challenges of mothering one’s mother. As always, our pages are packed with interesting reading from many well-known authors in midwifery along with other new contributors who cover unique and timely subjects.


Poetry: Motherhood
Guiditta Tornetta
Jan Tritten
“You help bring forth mothers as well as babies. You need to be one who understands when protection might be necessary and the one who is ready to protect. You are serving motherbaby, not medicine. Stand guard, for you are standing on holy ground!”
“Birth attendants need to learn about cervical cancer, to understand and teach about it. Why? Although potentially fatal, cervical cancer is slow growing. Death is almost always preventable, with early detection and treatment.”
More departments:
Wisdom of the Midwives, Media Reviews, Discussions, Classified Advertising, Photo Album


Tricks of the Trade: Ten Essential Remedies for Homebirth
Piper Martin
Homeopath Piper Martin shares some tricks for dealing with issues related to homebirth—a change from our usual “tricks.”
Holding Space: With Women in the Labyrinth
Erica Andrews
In this article, the author uses the metaphor of a labyrinth to discuss the journey that women take with each of their births, with the midwife playing a secondary role.
A Turning Point in the History of Mothering
Michel Odent
The author ties changes throughout the world in this era to another change: the focus on parenting rather than mothering.
Garden sage, Salvia officinalis, is the subject of this article. Read about how it strengthens uterine contracts and eases labor pain.
Midwifing Birth and Death and Each Other
Sister MorningStar
“Being a midwife is not something in a school or a book or something that happened before. It is being with a birthing mother with what is happening now.” Sister MorningStar urges us to continue the fight to protect birthing mothers and midwives.
The Mindful Cesarean
Mary Esther Malloy
While a cesarean is not the ideal birth for most mothers, the author talks about how skin-to-skin contact and kangaroo care can improve the experience for mother and baby.
Joanna Torellas and the Spanish Inquisition
Jane Beal
The author tells an engaging story about a fifteenth century midwife.
Birthkeepers: Mothering Our Mothers
Robin Lim
Frequent writer Robin Lim shares the challenges and rewards of caring for her mother, who suffers from dementia, while continuing her Bali midwifery practice.
Conversation in a Birthing Bath with Ibu Robin
Robyn Yudana Wellwood
A beautiful poem by an author who birthed in Bali with Robin Lim.
Divine Intervention
Carmen Linhares
A chance encounter with a friend in the hospital leads to a good birth that the author believes was divinely inspired.
This author offers a discussion of the all too common mood disorders that can affect postpartum women, including symptoms, screening and treatment options.
The Gifts of Red Tent
Piper Martin
Author Piper Martin shares the community that developed out of a women’s circle—focusing on pregnant women and mothers—that she facilitated.
Deep Malnutrition: Understanding Nutritional Histories
Cindy Morrow
We all know that diet is important for health, but did you know that even the nutrition of our forebears could affect our babies? This article will help midwives understand how to help moms have a healthier pregnancy and better birth.
My Birth Story
Tammy Emert
The author shares her story of birthing twins with the hope of inspiring moms to put their fear aside and trust in birth.
Trust and Technology: Mothering in a Modern Age
Deborah Simone
Modern technology brings with it some solutions that are better not being invented. Deborah Simone tells us about one of them.
If We Ever Have an OB Call, Dorham, You’d Better Be There
Sylvia Dorham
Doula Sylvia Dorham tells a lively and interesting story involving the intersection between midwifery and medical protocols in an emergency medical call.