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Midwifery Today began as a magazine for midwives, birth practitioners, and parents. We later expanded to offer international and domestic conferences and educational reach through this website. We now offer online membershipsbooks, and e-books, as well as audios of past conference classes. All Toward Better Birth.

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Transitional Phase of a New Childbirth Paradigm: Slovenia on the Crossroads by Zalka Drglin Researcher and birth activist Zalka Drglin takes you inside Slovenia for a first-hand look at a country very much at the crossroad. Read more…. Transitional Phase of a New Childbirth Paradigm: Slovenia on the Crossroads

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“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”

Kofi Annan

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Be bold. Be proud. Persist in spreading the word that midwives are not only experts in normal birth, but also expert at keeping birth normal.

Judy Edmunds, CPM

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Trauma always leaves a scar. It follows us home. It changes our lives. Trauma messes everybody up. But maybe that’s the point. All the pain and the fear and the crap. Maybe going through all that is what keeps us moving forward. It’s what pushes us. Maybe we have to get a little messed up, before we can step up.

Grey’s Anatomy

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It was a natural consequence that all obstetric procedures had their indication widened as their relative safety became established. But that any operation, because asepsis makes it reasonably safe and anesthesia keeps the patient quiet during its performance, should be so inordinately broadened in its scope that the suspicion is evidence that it is being done for the convenience and conservation of time of the operator, is a travesty on scientific endeavor.

H. Schwarz, MD. 1919

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…in feeding babies, two substantial mammary glands are more useful than the two hemispheres of a professor’s brain.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Recent Articles

My Winding Path to Midwifery by Sara Dunn

When I walked out of my first prenatal with a homebirth midwife, I knew this was something to which everyone should have access. I wanted to find a way to make midwifery care more accessible to the Northern Neck of Virginia. It would be a big task, as the area presents special challenges. The only hospital on the Northern Neck closed its labor and delivery unit in 2004. A standalone birth center opened in 2010, but closed the next year due to financial challenges.

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Posterior Babies

The Second Was A Gift by Lydia M. Josephson

The author overcomes her fears during her second birth and doesn’t let the string of “what ifs” overcome her determination to birth naturally, at home and in the water.

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Hemorrhage

One Midwife’s Journey: Stories from Papua New Guinea and Beyond by Lindy Joy Cummings

Gigliola, a veteran midwife now in her 80s shares stories with author Lindy Joy Cummings about her long midwifery career in Papua New Guinea and other remote parts of the world.

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Midwifery Education? by Sister MorningStar
Hey, Miz Pinkie by Diana Janopaul
The First Mother by Sister MorningStar

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Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 71
An Impulse to Soar: Quotations by Women on Leadership, compiled by Rosalie Maggio

Leaders have a passion and they have a picture or vision at some distance from the current reality. They use their passion to move them toward that vision, whether it’s something for their company, for themselves or for their cause.

Sandy Linver

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 73

Throw out the rule book.

Barbara Harper

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 85

It was a natural consequence that all obstetric procedures had their indication widened as their relative safety became established. But that any operation, because asepsis makes it reasonably safe and anesthesia keeps the patient quiet during its performance, should be so inordinately broadened in its scope that the suspicion is evidence that it is being done for the convenience and conservation of time of the operator, is a travesty on scientific endeavor.

H. Schwarz, MD. 1919

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 88

…in feeding babies, two substantial mammary glands are more useful than the two hemispheres of a professor’s brain.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 72

The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

Anne and Ray Ortlund

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 91

Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.

Sarah Buckley

Trauma

Birth Behind Bars: The Difference Trauma-informed Doula Care Can Make by Mary Ann Lieser With mass incarceration in the US, we now have more women of childbearing age in prison than ever before. Lieser discusses the shortcomings of giving birth behind bars, and how doulas can help support these women to have a better birth. Read more…. Birth Behind Bars: The Difference Trauma-informed Doula Care Can Make

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