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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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Doña Irene Sotelo

A Mexican midwife recounts the story of her calling to midwifery and shares her philosophy.

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The Role of Doulas

Throughout history, women have been supported during pregnancy and birth by laywomen, i.e., mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends. It wasn’t until birth moved from home to hospital that women were forced to birth alone, surrounded by technology and medical staff rather than loving companions.

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Autonomy

Wisdom of the Midwives, Issue 141

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Body Secrets Revealed

After more than 40 years as a massage therapist, I am still awed by the secrets and hidden truths within the human body. According to the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body tells us everything and it’s up to us to read these clues and use this information for healing purposes.

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Reclaiming the Initiation of Childbirth

Modern women are faced with an inordinate amount of pressure when preparing to give birth. Because the culture we live in does not value the greater spiritual relevance of childbirth, the people and systems set up to assist us during the process can quickly disrupt the natural unfurling of this sacred initiation. Due to our collective and individual ignorance about the gravity of initiations like childbirth, we end up inadvertently giving our power away to others.

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A Revelation in Birth—Home VBAC

Avery Judith Warren was born at home into pure love. Her birth was a magical home VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). But in order to express the impact her birth had on me, I must include the birth of my son, Mason.

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Let There Be Life! Momnibus and the Birth Revolution

Momnibus derives its name from omnibus where a number of bills, usually about the same topic, are packaged together into one large bill. The California Momnibus Act is designed, among other things, to collect and study data around infant and maternal mortality and to help reduce maternal and infant mortality, especially among Black and Indigenous women.

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