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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 142

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 142 – Asynclitic Presentation, Prolonged Labor, Using the Placenta for Hemorrhage, Helpful Herbal Recipes

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Midwifery and Childbirth News – Issue 142

Midwifery and Childbirth News – Issue 142

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Midwifery—An Existential Crisis

In the UK, in 1960, the Peel Report suggested a goal of 100% hospital deliveries, without any evidence whatsoever that this would improve outcomes.

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Homebirth in Nigeria: Obstacles and Prospects

Read about Gentle Birth Education Centre in Nigeria and their work with homebirth.

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The Empty Breast Syndrome

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.”

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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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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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