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The Medicalization of Midwifery and Birth

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.

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Are Midwifery Today Readers Marine Chimps or Aquatic Apes?

Midwifery today readers must realize that we are at the dawn of a radically new understanding of human evolution and human nature. The main reason is that we are now in a position to consider the evolution of Homo and the evolution of our planet—particularly the enormous fluctuations of sea levels—as two inseparable topics. Furthermore, we are currently giving increased importance to fast-developing disciplines such as genetics and virology. My objective is to popularize the “marine chimpanzee concept” and to classify “the aquatic ape theory” in the framework of the history of sciences.

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When Traditional Western Medicine Breaks Faith

At the beginning of the pandemic, a woman I know well—I’ll call her Jackie—became pregnant at age 30. Jackie has a mild intellectual disability, but she is high functioning, verbal, and able to make her own medical decisions—which was recognized legally by the court in her county when she was younger.

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Birth Beyond Medicalization

Will there be birth beyond medicalization? If so, for whom?

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Childbirth in the Capital of Peru

In 2019, I traveled to Lima, Peru, to collect interviews for my book about childbirth around the world through a holistic perspective. While I was there, I met a midwife named Angela Brocker, who was originally from Germany but had moved to Peru and become a doctor and a midwife. She told me about childbirth in Lima, Peru.

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A Thousand Hats: Each Midwife’s Role(s)

There is a nursery rhyme that goes “Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief.”

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Photo Album – Issue 141

Mylo was beautifully born at home on a snowy January evening, just one day shy of 42 weeks gestation. He was a perfect 8 lb, 20-inch baby with no signs of being “postdate.” His birth is a testimony to practicing patience, really trusting birth, and the willingness to “go the distance.”

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Royal Birth for Platon

Russia is a long way from my cottage door. I love Russia. Her strength and wild forests. Her legends and legendary wimyn. A motherland she is called, and rightly so. Mother to so much. I remember my first journey there in 2011.

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Promoting Human Rights in Childbirth as a Solution to Obstetric Violence

In 2007 a chain of coincidences brought about a meeting with a gynecologist, who asked me if I would like to help in the labor and birth ward at one of the public hospitals of Honduras.

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Marion’s Message: The Role of the Midwife

The last decade of the WHO Sustainable Development Goals (2015–2030) has been dedicated to nurses and midwives. Cadee and Wicklund stated that, “two million midwives and 22 million nurses make up half of the world’s health workforce and are at the heart of health care everywhere” (Cadee and Wicklund 2020.).

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The Role of the Midwife in the First 1000 Days

It is the universal joy of every community midwife to run into a family months or years later and see them with the baby you so lovingly helped them bring into the world

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Midwifery Revolution

Argentinian Marina Lembo, enthusiastically promotes midwifery and recounts the development of a community of midwives who have put together a birthing center where they can treat birth as a natural event.

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