Photo by Martin Dubé
I became a nurse midwife after working for 15 years as a nurse in a high-risk labor and delivery unit. I was a staff nurse, then charge nurse, helicopter transport nurse, nurse educator, and critical care OB-certified.
Read more…. Induction: A Loaded Word
Photo by Ricardo Moura
Labor induction is the use of artificial means to start uterine contractions, with the purpose of ending a pregnancy. “Artificial means” includes methods that use synthetic substances such as pharmaceuticals, natural substances such as herbs and homeopathic remedies, or mechanical forces such as sweeping membranes or artificial rupture of the amniotic sac. The list of ways to try to force labor to begin is long.
Read more…. Induction of Labor—Why or Why Not?
Photo by Meghan Thompson
Ophelia’s beautiful mama reached out to me early in her pregnancy, seeking a homebirth after a cesarean six years before. Her determination alone made her a great candidate for a HBAC, along with her self-awareness and overall vibrant health. At our first meeting, B expressed that she wanted her partner and her mother as her birth team, and they were both wonderfully involved and supportive throughout her pregnancy and birth.
Read more…. Ophelia’s Surrendered Birth
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When wimyn gather, knowledge, skills, and wisdom are preserved and experience expands.
Read more…. Gather the Wimyn!
Photo by Marcin Jozwiak
It is more and more common, in the framework of modern obstetrics, to shorten the duration of pregnancy through such interventions as labor inductions (and pre-labor cesareans). This is the reason we will summarize the conclusions of recent studies suggesting that the importance of the short phase of “physiological birth preparation” is underestimated (Odent 2019).
Read more…. Understanding the Phase of Human Birth Preparation
Gail Hart at Eugene Conference 2005
Here is an interview with Gail Hart on Induction, Why? Why Not? Learning from the wisdom she shares.
Read more…. A Short Interview on Induction With Gail Hart
Maternal mortality prevention has been a world health goal ever since the conception of the Safe Motherhood Initiative in 1985. Maternal death occurs in pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum time.
Read more…. Too Little Too Late or Too Much Too Soon? How About Just Right?
Photo by Jonathan Borba
Wisdom of the Midwives: What are the advantages of medical care for birth? – Issue 142
Read more…. Wisdom of the Midwives: Medical Care for Birth
“Portland Birth Photographer, Natalie Broders” (www.nataliebroders.com)
Tricks of the Trade – Issue 142 – Asynclitic Presentation, Prolonged Labor, Using the Placenta for Hemorrhage, Helpful Herbal Recipes
Read more…. Tricks of the Trade – Issue 142
Photo by Tim Mossholder
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In the UK, in 1960, the Peel Report suggested a goal of 100% hospital deliveries, without any evidence whatsoever that this would improve outcomes.
Read more…. Midwifery—An Existential Crisis