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Midwifery Today Issue Number 97 (Spring 2011) Cultural Aspects of Birth
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Theme: Cultural Aspects of Birth

The theme of Midwifery Today Issue 97 is Cultural Aspects of Birth. There is no escaping it-culture plays an important role in shaping birth practices and influences, sometimes dictates, the choices available to birthing women. From the pressures of time in modern Western societies, to the application of cord burning techniques in developing nations, to the diverse frameworks for understanding postnatal blood, this issue considers the various cultural aspects of birth and birth practices worldwide.

  • Culture within Culture by Sister MorningStar
    "It is easier to see how a woman's culture affects her than to face how our culture affects us in relating to her. What if our cultures have moral differences? What if we identify with a birth culture that saves mothers and babies?" Regular contributor Sister MorningStar explores the multi-layered affects of culture on birth.
  • Cord Burning by Kelly Dunn
    The many benefits of this simple, inexpensive procedure are explored. Find out why cord burning is making a comeback!
  • Breastfeeding in Public by Megan Myers
    An apprentice midwife takes a critical look at our sexualized culture and defends the right to breastfeed in public.
  • The Cultural Aspect of Birth: My Midwest Experience by Diane Barnes
    The author, a former president of MANA and the first legal nurse-midwife in the state of Missouri, reflects on changes in a practice that spanned 30 years. What began with homebirths to independent-minded women in the 1970s evolved into something very different.
  • Opening the Pelvic Brim with Walcher’s Position by Gail Tully
    The detailed illustrations and case studies author Gail Tully provides will help to expand your understanding and application of this time-tested technique used to engage babies stuck at the pelvic brim.
  • Ethics and Lessons Learned in Transport by Sandra Tallbear
    “There is more to the transport of a woman with her heart set on a natural out-of-hospital birth experience than communicating facts.” What is the midwife’s role in transport? How can she best support her client during transport and help to facilitate communication with a hospital culture that is not always receptive to her efforts? Find out in this illuminating article from a CNM who has walked both sides.
  • Treating Infertility: Differences between Western Reproductive Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine by Mike Berkley
    A New York City acupuncturist and herbalist examines Traditional Chinese Medicine’s 3,000-year history of successfully treating infertility as he considers how Eastern and Western medicine can work together to address a common problem.
  • Lavender and Letting Go: A Miscarriage-birth Story by Molly Remer
    A midwife and mother channels courage and strength to "let go" of the son she miscarries at home.
  • Friedman’s Curve vs. the Pure Heart Approach to Labor by Sandra Tallbear
    Friedman's Curve can be helpful in assessing the progress of labor, but few women perfectly follow any curve. Sometimes the "pure heart formula" is the midwife's best tool in supporting a woman during labor.
  • Birth Stories from a Mountain Midwife by Candace Palmo
    A rural midwife tenderly recounts the stories of two women she served.
  • Birthing with Orthodox Jewish Women by Linda McHale
    Learn about the unique cultural customs of birthing Orthodox Jewish women from a midwife who regularly attends this tight-knit community.
  • The Soul’s Knowing: Connecting with Our Babies in the Womb by Robyn SheldonAuthor Robyn Sheldon shares a technique that utilizes a unique blend of writing, visualization and intuition to help parents connect with their babies in the womb.
  • An Open Letter by Suzanne Arms
  • Time in a Bottle by Beth Bailey Barbeau
    "Considering the fast-paced nature of modern American culture, perhaps it's not unexpected that the issue of time is having a never-before-seen and increasingly disastrous effect on pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery." Author Beth Bailey Barbeau takes a look at the insidious impact of time and what midwives can do to support their clients in a "timeless journey."
  • Celebrity Births: The Good, the Bad, the Influence by Debra Flashenberg
    Homebirths and scheduled c-sections are all the rage in Hollywood, but how do celebrity birth practices affect pregnant women?
  • Birth with the Amish: A Unique Experience by Irena Keeslar
    A Michigan midwife shares her experiences attending an Old Order Amish community who have no cars and no electricity but an abundance of faith and family support.
  • Homebirth in Peru’s Sacred Valley by Adrienne Leeds
    Take a journey to the jungles of Peru to meet German birth keeper and healer Leonie Lange.
  • Midwifery and Women’s Health in Peru: Visions and Dreams by Cynthia Ingar
    Midwife and anthropologist Cynthia Ingar assesses the state of birth care in Peru, calling for an integrative approach that reconnects Peruvian women to their cultural roots.
  • Blood: A Private Issue? by Michele Klein
    Cultural traditions can dictate special protocols for the postnatal woman and determine how much blood is "normal." Author Michele Klein examines cultural ideas about postnatal blood in Asia, the Middle East and on the Internet.
  • Cross-cultural Birth: It’s a Human Rights Issue by Jenna Humphreys
    What happens when the dominate medical culture collides with local and immigrant cultures? Find out as Jenna Humphreys explores cross-cultural birth in the Dominican Republic and in California.
  • View complete Table of Contents here.


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