Jill Cohen lives in Mill City, Oregon, with two of her four children. After 20 years as a lay midwife she returned to school to become an RN. She is currently working in a small rural hospital as a primary OB nurse. She was the associate editor of Midwifery Today magazine from 1990 to 2007.
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Author Jill Cohen lists and contrasts numerous trends in birthing practices. Read more…. Trends vs. Traditions
Jan and I were discussing our upcoming conference, titled Liberty in Midwifery and Birth. I realized that I did not fully understand the meaning of liberty, so I looked it up in the dictionary. I was amazed at the correlations between the meaning of liberty and the needs of birthing women. Read more…. Liberty in Midwifery and Birth
I have had the opportunity to stand back from the front lines of midwifery and look at what midwives need to help them do all they do. One way I have done this is by referring pregnant women to my sister midwives. Advocating midwifery and natural birth is fun to do. Read more…. Post Midwife Power
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Birth is not fixed, nor should protocols be. The path can be paved for a viable working relationship between institution and midwife. When we transport we must adjust our protocols to include the interventions needed. Establishing a balance that allows protocols to adjust and change is practicing the art of midwifery.
Read more…. Protocols: Finding the Balance
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Nurturing and protecting birth as a normal, natural process is the goal of our care during pregnancy. It is simple, noninvasive, necessary and deserved by pregnant women. Until we provide the care that each woman needs, we will continue to see more intervention and more unhappy families.
Read more…. Hands-On Care
I have the good fortune to be attending births with younger midwives right now. I see the future of midwifery right before my eyes. These women are smart, alert and have the same vision of care that I do. Read more…. Maturing Midwifery
Having recently given birth I am awash with love and devotion to my newborn. Read more…. A Perfect Birth
As a father, you play a vital role in pregnancy and birth. Since you are responsible for getting the baby in, you are also a major support for getting the baby out. Read more…. A Word to Fathers
While there is no formal documentation of outcomes of labor due to water exercise, I know from three years of observation what is true. It makes perfect sense for the pregnant body to gravitate toward a water environment. Read more…. The Prenatal Water Workout
Esta madre primeriza estaba embarazada de 43 semanas y tenía un bebé grande. Fuimos a hacer una ecografía para tranquilizar sus preocupaciones de que su bebé estuviera pasado de fecha. Read more…. Desproporción Cefalo-pélvica verdadera
Read midwife Jill Cohen’s account of a true labor dystocia. Read more…. True Cephalopelvic Disproportion