Prenatal care can detect and treat many problems. Preeclampsia comes to mind. The classic signs of preeclampsia are high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It affects the placenta by reducing the blood flow and, unchecked, can lead to intrauterine growth retardation and fetal demise. Checking blood pressure and urinary protein are routine parts of prenatal care.
Read more…. Marion’s Message: Preventing Problems Through Prenatal Care
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I had to trot to keep up with Doña Juanita on the footpath leading to our first prenatal home visit of the day—a first time mother who had been born into Doña’s hands some 17 years past. Doña Juanita was in her 60s—my elder at the time—small, fierce, and focused. She brought nothing with her but her hands and a lifetime of wisdom born of experience.
Read more…. Village Prenatal Bringing Birth Back to Community
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Imagine that you are a young woman, poor and pregnant. Let’s say your name is Myrna. Your home is located in a remote, rural area of an island that is recovering from disaster. You have had no prenatal care because it’s too far to walk and even if it was nearby, you could not afford the cost.
Read more…. Buntis Day Party: A Mercy In Action Imaginative Prenatal Model in the Philippines
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met Midwife Penninah Mukhebi at the FreMo Birth Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was offering volunteer midwifery for the month of May 2023. I traveled there by myself and was welcomed with open arms and kindness by the FreMo staff, including their director Moffat Osoro, a kind, well-spoken Kenyan man.
Read more…. Volunteering in Kenya, Friendship with Midwife Penninah, and African Naming Traditions
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I would like to share my thoughts on prenatal care, which I believe can start before the woman is even pregnant as she prepares her body for her pregnancy.
Read more…. Thoughts on Prenatal Care
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Media Reviews – Issue 147 | Uterus: A New Perspective by Jessica M. Koren. 2016 – The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel Van der Kolk – A Woman of Firsts: The Midwife Who Changed the World by Edna Adan Ismail Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 147
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Midwifery and Childbirth News – Issue 147 | Another Reason to Sniff a Newborn – FDA Approves First Oral Treatment for Postpartum Depression – Addressing Obstetrical Violence – PAHO: Bridging the Cultural Gap Between Traditional Midwives and Western Medicine – Newborn Cells Programmed for Skin Colonization Read more…. Midwifery and Childbirth News – Issue 147
Tricks of the Trade – Issue 147 | Traditional Use of a Rebozo – Prodromal Labor – On Breech Babies – Natural Remedies
Read more…. Tricks of the Trade – Issue 147
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Wisdom of the Midwives | On Gratitude – Thoughts about Labor Pain – Talking About Postpartum Sexuality with Clients – Interventions – Delayed Cord Cutting Read more…. Wisdom of the Midwives – Issue 147
I am humbled by this life God gave me to lead Midwifery Today. I have had the privilege of traveling to and putting on conferences in 20 different countries—attending, planning, and carrying out 86 conferences. I have also had the honor of planning, writing for, and helping produce 147 magazines, with a fantastic staff and excellent writers. It has been a long and winding road through efforts to change midwifery and birth. I am humbled by the joy, mostly, of getting to be the mother of Midwifery Today. Read more…. My 37-Year Midwifery Today Voyage
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Doña Cuca and I sat next to each other looking down at the ground. She was sad. I was too. She spoke of the changes happening in her village around birth. The wimyn were trusting the hospital more than the use of rebozo and sobada (1). The young ones were not interested in a midwife path. She felt the feeling of disappearance. The dissolving of a life she had lived and loved. I told her the loss had already happened for my people and in my land. We sat together. Sad about it all.
Read more…. Kneeling before the Elders