Inspiring speakers and exciting classes…

Conference 2017.5.23 NEW!

…are in store for you when you attend our conference in Helsinki, Finland, this October. Learn from teachers such as Elizabeth Davis, Fernando Molina, Cornelia Enning, Sally Kelly and Gail Hart. Planned classes include Acupressure and Cupping for Birth Practitioners, Gua Sha for Pregnancy and Birth, Placenta Medicine, and Shoulder Dystocia. Register today! Learn more about our Finland conference in October.

Learn about birth and midwifery in the comfort of your own home!

Online Classes 2017.4.17

We will be offering online classes for both beginning and experienced midwives, as well as for other birth professionals. You may also purchase recordings of past classes. For more information and to see a list of past and future classes.

Postpartum Mood Disorders

Article 2017.5.8

The term postpartum depression (PPD) can be misleading. It is perhaps an over-simplified and poor description of the array of experiences that postpartum women can have. The experience of PPD is much broader and can encompass much more than feelings of depression. Read More

Subscription Sale for Students!

Sales and Specials 2017.5.1

Special prices on Midwifery Today magazine! Act fast! This offer expires May 31, 2017. Midwifery Today magazine is published four times per year. Each issue is filled with clinical articles, vital information, midwifery tricks of the trade, gorgeous birth photos and delightful homebirth stories from around the world. View Special Offer

Cancer of the Cervix and the Midwife

Article 2017.4.25

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. Read More

Stop Cutting: The Right to Bodily Integrity

Article 2017.3.14

Author and midwife Jane Beal discusses female genital mutilation and what can be done to eliminate cutting within a community that practices it routinely. Read More

Microbiome and Health

Article 2017.2.23

To better guide pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, author and physician Fernando Molina helps readers to understand the affect the microorganisms in intestinal flora have on influencing overall health. [Photo by Lynsey Stone] Read More

Connection and Empathy

Article 2017.2.13

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

Editorial: Albert McLaren, Midwife

Article 2017.1.30

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

How a Checklist Promotes Human Rights in Childbirth

Article 2016.12.5

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

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Coupon Offers 2017.5.8

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Celebrate birth with Wild Naked Ladies!

Featured Product 2017.5.11

From “Attending” to “Zone,” Wild Naked Ladies is a pictorial alphabet showcasing the beauty and power of pregnancy and birth. Each letter has been given a two-page spread where it is lovingly illustrated by a photograph or artwork and accompanying text. Buy it for yourself. Buy it for a friend. Wild Naked Ladies: Mother Nature’s Design for Birth is a book designed to be enjoyed again and again. View Product

EmerGently Brochure Available—Birth Is Normal!

News 2016.5.30

This pamphlet was designed by the Global Midwifery Council to address the crisis in childbirth worldwide. Simple graphics depict the most essential guidelines for a normal, healthy birth. Communicating directly without even the need for language, it is designed to assist safe birth in the deepest reaches of the planet. Available as a free download or durable glossy brochures to put in clinics, shelters, fire and police stations, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2017.5.28 NEW!

Angelica tincture (also called dong quai) can be used after a birth to help release the placenta. Also make sure that vitamin E intake the last month before birth is no more than 400 IU daily.

But patience is most important when waiting for the placenta. There will be a tendency to hurry the placenta out, and that can definitely lead to hemorrhaging. Some placentas are much slower to detach than others, and pulling them off too soon is what actually causes hemorrhage. Waiting patiently is the best treatment for accreta as long as blood loss is not excessive. A woman's care provider must be well aware of her previous history and have emergency plans in place.

— J. Jones, CPM, E-News 2:8

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2017.5.28 NEW!

Just think what a powerful force we [midwives] could be if there was a worldwide statement on the rights of women... with signatories from as many countries as possible.

— Henny Ligtermoet, 1998