Photo by Aditya Romansa
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
Photo by Liv Bruce
So many women go into their birth experience with fear, rather than believing in the strength of their bodies or the matter-of-factness of birth. Jan and Harriette illustrate this changed view of women’s bodies with an example seen at an art showing. Read more…. From the Editor: Birth Evangelism
Photo by Minnie Zhou
Photo by Hu Chen
The maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the US are disgraceful. Diana Paul discusses some of the factors that have led to this current situation and how we could learn from the British on improving it.
Read more…. Interventions and Mortality
Photo by Jonathan Borba
Photo by Danijel Durkovic
I step into Katie’s warm kitchen. She’s asked me over to check on her since she had already suffered one miscarriage, to make sure of all her “pills.” I sit down at her neatly set lunch table for two; the warm cookstove beside us comforts me on my busy day.
Read more…. Katie’s Story
Photo by Jason Leung
Media Reviews – Issue 140
“Planet Ocean: Our Mysterious Connections to Water,” by Michel Odent
“Birthing a Movement: Midwives, Law, and the Politics of Reproductive Care,” by Renée Ann Cramer
Read more…. Media Reviews
Photo by Bank Phrom
Photo by Julie Ricard
Our Range Rover ambulance arrived in the village of Okidi in Atiak, northern Uganda, with three midwives. We had received an urgent call that an Acholi woman was in labor there and wanted to be brought to our birth center, which is near the village of Parawaca, to have the assistance of midwives during her labor and delivery. When we arrived, the woman, wearing a lovely red dress, was dancing about in active labor near two other village women.
Read more…. Saw-Grass: A Traditional Intervention Used in Midwifery Practice in Northern Uganda
Use of the Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) being used to treat shock after a postpartum hemorrhage.
Photos by Ian Penwell
Speaking figuratively, a double-edged sword refers to something that has both positive and negative consequences. It will either hurt you or have a harmful cost, or it will help you and be good for you.
Read more…. Birth Interventions: A Double-Edged Sword