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I remember when I first started midwifery in 1976—after my second child and first homebirth—I realized that being a midwife included so much more than prenatal care, birth, and postpartum care. We were counselors, nutritionists, life coaches (for a year, sometimes more). We were also childbirth educators and doulas (although that was not a word we knew back then). Our roles are many, diverse, and unique, depending on the mom we are working with. Read more…. Midwives’ Roles
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Argentinian Marina Lembo, enthusiastically promotes midwifery and recounts the development of a community of midwives who have put together a birthing center where they can treat birth as a natural event.
Read more…. Midwifery Revolution
Traditonal Midwife Anita Rojas with Doña Irene at the Midwifery Today 2005 Eugene conference
A Mexican midwife recounts the story of her calling to midwifery and shares her philosophy.
Read more…. Doña Irene Sotelo
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Throughout history, women have been supported during pregnancy and birth by laywomen, i.e., mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends. It wasn’t until birth moved from home to hospital that women were forced to birth alone, surrounded by technology and medical staff rather than loving companions.
Read more…. The Role of Doulas
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After more than 40 years as a massage therapist, I am still awed by the secrets and hidden truths within the human body. According to the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body tells us everything and it’s up to us to read these clues and use this information for healing purposes.
Read more…. Body Secrets Revealed
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Modern women are faced with an inordinate amount of pressure when preparing to give birth. Because the culture we live in does not value the greater spiritual relevance of childbirth, the people and systems set up to assist us during the process can quickly disrupt the natural unfurling of this sacred initiation. Due to our collective and individual ignorance about the gravity of initiations like childbirth, we end up inadvertently giving our power away to others.
Read more…. Reclaiming the Initiation of Childbirth
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Avery Judith Warren was born at home into pure love. Her birth was a magical home VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). But in order to express the impact her birth had on me, I must include the birth of my son, Mason.
Read more…. A Revelation in Birth—Home VBAC
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Momnibus derives its name from omnibus where a number of bills, usually about the same topic, are packaged together into one large bill. The California Momnibus Act is designed, among other things, to collect and study data around infant and maternal mortality and to help reduce maternal and infant mortality, especially among Black and Indigenous women.
Read more…. Let There Be Life! Momnibus and the Birth Revolution
Midwifery Today, Issue 141, Spring 2022.Join Midwifery Today Online Membership Using Traditional Remedies Skullcap for elevated blood pressure. One dropperful initially, repeat in an hour if still elevated.—Marielle Tomlin Angelica tincture to help the placenta release. One dropperful by mouth. Takes five minutes to work.—Carolyn Greenfield Apple cider vinegar.—Susan DiNatale Honey. It is a miraculous food and healer. I keep Manuka honey for cuts. I had an accident on my horse and he stepped on my leg. I was in wound care for over six months and they used medical grade Manuka honey on the open wound. I have used it on myself, my horse, and other critters. When you sit down, put some in your tea. I have had women just swallow a spoonful for a sore throat. It’s great stuff.—Vicki Gilbert Ziemer Herbal (sitz) bath for all. I carry tinctures such as shepherd’s purse, Placenta Ease, Angelica, cotton root, raspberry leaf. Also, Rescue Remedy, essential oils (especially peppermint), arnica, a massage blend, and Yunnan Baiyao.—Sabrina Simmons Ferrage I rarely use anything, as women’s bodies know best. However, I have suggested shiatsu, acupuncture, essential oils, and homeopathy for those few cases where some extra help is needed.—Imma Sarries Cuachalalate… Read more…. Tricks of the Trade – Issue 141
Read more…. Tricks of the Trade – Issue 141
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One afternoon on my way home from a prenatal visit, I received a message from a doula friend of mine. She had a close friend who had been planning an in-hospital VBAC after two cesareans, and her Ob/Gyn informed her at 36 weeks that they were no longer willing to do a VBAC (no reason given) and that she should schedule a cesarean with them immediately. My doula friend explained that the family had been trying for two weeks to find a midwife who would assist with a homebirth on such short notice and had no luck. At this point they were planning to birth at home unattended, though that was not their first choice. Would I talk to them? Of course I would.
Read more…. Josie’s Triumphant Home VBAC