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?
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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
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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
Lecture for couples & pregnant women.
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Read about Gentle Birth Education Centre in Nigeria and their work with homebirth.
Read more…. Homebirth in Nigeria: Obstacles and Prospects
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I had been warned of the “empty nest syndrome” that happens when a couple’s youngest child is old enough to leave the nest. No one ever warned me that at least 15 years before that, I would be devastated by the “empty breast syndrome.”
Read more…. The Empty Breast Syndrome
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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