Mary L. Cooper has been a direct entry midwife since 1978, with 4000+ babies. Mary believes in all aspects of the birthing process, birthing women, and the full circle of birth (which at times includes death). At workshops, Mary shares this “sacred ground,” which includes: VBACs, twins, breeches, uterine death, birth anomalies, and healing births. She is a “caretaker” for elderly people, as all lives come to an end. Mary is thankful for the wisdom shared with her by women and babies she has helped.
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The term “medicalization” refers to the process in which conditions and behaviors are labeled and treated as medical issues. Medicalized birth came about in the early 1900s with advances in pain relief, antiseptic and aseptic surgical practices, and surgical techniques and outcomes, alongside a rapid rise in people’s faith in scientific medicine.
Read more…. The Medicalization of Midwifery and Birth
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On February 4, 2020, I had the privilege of helping Vincent and Colleen with the birth of their second-born child. Their firstborn, a son, was born by c-section, due to his breech position and her bicornuate uterus.
Read more…. Heart of a Lion, Warrior Woman Gives Birth
Let’s talk about the first stage of labor, especially for a first-time mom. I love helping women have their first babies; it’s such a special journey. A journey to bring a couple closer together and to show a woman how strong she is—physically, emotionally, and instinctively. I include in this group women who had prior babies in a hospital setting and do not understand the difference in having a baby at home—in the same environment where the baby is usually created. They are first-time moms, too, in having their babies at home.
Read more…. Labor Wisdom: First Stage
A humorous, sad, and interesting story about a variety of births.
Read more…. Amazing Birth
Author Cooper shows us what a day of prenatals looks like in her rural practice among five Amish and Mennonite communities.
Read more…. Prenatal Care in the “Plain Communities”
Midwife Mary Cooper shares some of her most memorable stories of newborns from the births she has attended.
Read more…. Newborn Stories
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Midwife Mary Cooper has a wonderful way of sharing her wisdom with the readers of Midwifery Today. In this article, she highlights waterbirth.
Read more…. What a Difference a Little Water Makes
Let’s talk about those sweet babies who decide to present posterior in the uterus and then go on to either change position in labor or be born in a posterior position. I believe it is normal in a baby’s gestational life to be in transverse, breech, posterior, LOA and ROA positions. (There are even other positions our little darlings can get into.)
Read more…. Posterior Births and Babies
I have been a midwife for over 36 years and many of my clients come from Amish communities. What follows are two very different stories of preeclampsia in pregnancy.
Read more…. Stories to Learn From: Toxemia in Pregnancy
We all grew up learning about the power of words, but sometimes in adulthood we forget this wisdom. Midwife Mary Cooper reminds us that it is even more important to stay away from negative words when working with a woman pregnant with twins.
Read more…. Helping a Mother with Twins: Choose Your Words Wisely
What seems to be a precariously unhealthy start to pregnancy ends happily thanks to the dedication to health by a pregnant mother and her midwife.
Read more…. A Journey to Health during a Twin Pregnancy