Cheryl K. Smith

Cheryl K. Smith has been managing editor for Midwifery Today since 2017 and from 2005–2009. She edited several books published by Motherbaby Press, including Placenta: The Gift of Life (2007), Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse (2008), and The Power of Women (2009). She has raised miniature dairy goats since 1998 and is the author of Goat Health Care (karmadillo Press, 2009 and 2019), Raising Goats for Dummies (Wiley, 2010 and 2021), and Goat Midwifery (karmadillo Press, 2020), as well as many articles in various magazines.

Of Lavender and Labor

Lavender has long been known to assist with sleep and relaxation. New studies are coming out that show its usefulness in labor.

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Some Traditional Umbilical Cord Care Practices in Developing Countries

Babies born in developing countries around the world often do not have the benefit of sanitary methods for cutting the umbilical cord or keeping the cord clean. This article discusses a variety of the traditional cord care practices that have evolved in different countries, some of which are harmful and some that help to ensure that bacteria do not enter the cord stump.

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Media Reviews – Issue 85

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 85, Spring 2008. Subscribe to Midwifery Today Magazine The Second Nine Months by Vicki Glembocki [2008, Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 272 pages, paperback.] The Second Nine Months, a memoir that allegedly tells the real story of becoming a mom, is an object lesson on why… Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 85

Visiting Wild Assam

The name “Assam” comes from asom, which means “unequal or unrivaled” in Sanskrit. The state of Assam is located in northeastern India, which is full of hills and plains and is uneven, probably contributing to its name.

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Midwifing a Difficult Kidding

The author, a goat farmer, explains how she handles a case of malpresentation of goat triplets.

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Healing Honey

Did you know that honey was used for healing wounds before penicillin was discovered? Read about how and why this traditional medicine has become a trend in certain parts of the world.

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Good Dental Care a Must for Moms-to-be

Pregnancy is a time filled with many changes to the body. As midwives and moms know, these changes affect virtually all of the body. One area that may not get the attention it deserves is the teeth and gums. Read more…. Good Dental Care a Must for Moms-to-be

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