Sharon Craig Economides , LM, CPM, MMid, IBCLC, was born at home with a midwife. She has worked as a homebirth midwife, in community development, in birth centers, and in hospital settings in Russia, Haiti, the Philippines, Afghanistan and California. She received her Master’s degree in Midwifery through the University of Sheffield in the UK.
A homebirth midwife shares how all of the senses (touch, taste sight, sound and smell) are valuable to the midwife for gathering important information during a woman’s pregnancy and labor.
Read more…. Engaging the Senses as Midwifery Tools
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How does one draw the line between resounding enthusiasm for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and an accepting attitude towards one’s limitations? Many in the natural childbirth culture advocate a laissez-faire approach toward all VBACs, excepting the typical obstetric interventions of induction, continuous monitoring, and the like. These enthusiasts dismiss virtually any reservation. I have a unique perspective on this topic: My attempted VBAC at The Farm ended in a transport and full uterine rupture.
Read more…. Go Tell It: Using Media to Educate about Birth
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An inspiring story of a community-based midwife who is making a difference in a country where maternal and infant mortality are extremely high.
Read more…. Flower Healing: The Story of a Pakistani Midwife