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Midwifery Today Issue Number 84 ( Winter 2007) Birth Change
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Theme: Birth Change

How do we change birth and how does birth change us? How has birth changed over the years? Articles in this issue will answer those questions, as well as teach you about massage and midwifery, ectopic pregnancy, the placenta and more.

Articles in this issue include:

  • Changing Childbirth: The Latin American Example, by Robbie Davis-Floyd. Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd shares her experiences speaking about birth in Latin American countries, and identifies at least 21 ingredients necessary for creating a social movement that can effectively bring about birth change.
  • Mandatory Malpractice Insurance—Increases CS Rate and Profitability of Litigation, Decreases Planned Homebirths, by Judy Slome Cohain. This frequent contributor argues convincingly that making malpractice insurance mandatory for midwives will lead to more profitable lawsuits and decrease the number of homebirth midwives to deliver babies, rather than improving birth outcomes or public health.
  • Husbands and Homebirth, by Leah Hazard. Men are frequently the naysayers when it comes to homebirth. The author shares some of her experiences and concludes that one important birth change that needs to occur is to bring husbands on board as homebirth supporters.
  • Occupational Musculoskeletal Disease, by Cathy Topping. Cumulative knee damage and arthritis can be brought about by the kneeling and squatting that are inherent in midwifery. The author shares what she has learned and her novel solution to this problem.
  • The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care. The Foundation for Promoting Change in Maternity Care, by Nicette Jukelevics. Learn about CIMS Expert Work Group findings showing that midwives provide optimal care.
  • When Love Hormones Become Useless, by Michel Odent. Women undergoing cesareans without labor miss a chance to get love hormones, which are crucial to civilization.
  • Incorporating Prenatal Yoga into Childbirth Education Classes, by Molly Remer. People often learn better by doing, and birth happens in the body. This article explains how these two precepts led the author to incorporate prenatal yoga into childbirth education.
  • Comprehensive Care in the Prevention of Ectopic Pregnancy and Associated Negative Outcomes, by Kathryn Albers. More than 1% of pregnancies are ectopic, and these numbers are increasing. Knowing what causes it can help to bring those numbers down.
  • Positive Birth Stories, by Sheri Menelli. We can change birth by telling positive, rather than negative, birth stories. We need to counter those negative stories that predominate in the US culture of birth.
  • Daniel: A Breastfeeding Challenge Overcome, by Joni Nichols. Sometimes midwives must unexpectedly become lactation consultants. Learn how the author successfully dealt with this challenge to get ensure that a baby got the nutrition he needed. You will find this article an invaluable reference if faced with a similar problem.
  • Saving Lives, by Sister MorningStar. This story is only one of many that can help to change birth for the better. Learn about the use of Yunnan Paiyao for postpartum hemorrhage in this excerpt from Sister MorningStar’s upcoming book.
  • A Modern Midwife’s Experience with Ancient Maya Techniques of Abdominal/Uterine Massage, by Anne Hirsch. The author shares some brief theories and many anecdotal experiences that are representative of what women report from the use of Maya Massage.

View complete Table of Contents here.



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