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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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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.
Read more…. Are Midwifery Today Readers Marine Chimps or Aquatic Apes?
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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.
Read more…. When Traditional Western Medicine Breaks Faith
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Will there be birth beyond medicalization? If so, for whom?
Read more…. Birth Beyond Medicalization
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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.
Read more…. Childbirth in the Capital of Peru
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There is a nursery rhyme that goes “Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief.”
Read more…. A Thousand Hats: Each Midwife’s Role(s)
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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.”
Read more…. Photo Album – Issue 141
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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.
Read more…. Royal Birth for Platon
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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.
Read more…. Promoting Human Rights in Childbirth as a Solution to Obstetric Violence
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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
Read more…. The Role of the Midwife in the First 1000 Days
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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.
Read more…. Midwifery Revolution