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Wisdom of the Midwives: Induction

Wisdom of the Midwives: Induction | When do you think it is best to induce?, AROM and induction, Ripening the Cervix, and Natural methods of encouraging labor

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Midwifery and Childbirth News – Issue 143

Midwifery and Childbirth News | Texas is No Place to Be Pregnant, Exposure to Pthalates Linked to Preterm Birth, Manganese Level and Preeclampsia Risk, Limited Coffee Safe in Pregnancy, Probiotics Improve Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy, and Migraine and Pregnancy Complications Read more…. Midwifery and Childbirth News – Issue 143

Media Reviews – Issue 143

Midwifery Today, Issue 143, Autumn 2022.Join Midwifery Today Online Membership Frontline Midwife: My Story of Survival and Keeping Others Safe, by Anna Kent. 2022. (London: Bloomsbury, $18.98, 361 pages, paperback.) I knew by the short review and first few pages that this book was going to be both challenging and rewarding to read. It is an intertwined story of professional and personal survival and one I would you read, but when I am in a “safe” space myself. Anna shares the ups and downs of working with MSF (Médicins sans Frontières—Doctors without Borders). Many of the readers who delve into this book, who would have heard of (or even may have worked with) MSF, may not be prepared for the content. Anna makes no excuses for sharing her amazing stories of birth, life, and death in challenging settings around the world. When I first read about this book, I remember her saying that her work with birthing families could not be further from that of the UK mothers, who chose a pool with whale music playing in the background. I found this difficult, as over my 40 years as a midwife I have seen birth trauma, both physical and psychological, within the National Health Service (NHS). I have experienced the highs and lows of births and, yes, sometimes death, but not on the scale which Anna shares with the reader. Her journey takes us from South Sudan (her first assignment) to Bangledesh (where she cares for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar). Her stories are vivid, realistic, and, in many cases unbelievable—for Western-trained and -based midwives. We learn about the wonderful dedicated staff with whom she works—doctors, nurses, and midwives from all around the world. It is the last group of health professionals and the urgent need for these midwives that brings… Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 143

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Photo Album – Issue 143

Photo Album – Issue 143 | Photos by EvaDiana Iguaran—evadiana.com

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To Birth a Child

Poetry: To Birth a Child, by David B.Such

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Midwifery as a Gift

Midwifery Today needs your help so we can continue to help others become midwives or doulas, provide worldwide birth education, and lead more women to have better births. Read more…. Midwifery as a Gift

Calling All Midwives….

We have a problem! Labor induction in the United States has more than tripled since 1990.
A first-time mom told me on social media, “It wasn’t even a discussion, it was: ‘this is what’s happening.’ It’s really hard to disagree with doctors or people in positions of authority—in particular when you’re in such a vulnerable position.”

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To Induce or Not to Induce? That is the Question

Hannah was 39 weeks and a few days pregnant with her first child one summer when she went to her scheduled prenatal appointment with her obstetrician/gynecologist. As a part of her examination, a late ultrasound was performed, and she was diagnosed with “low amniotic fluid.”

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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 143

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 143 | For Morning Sickness/Nausea, Repairing Minor 1st Degree Tears, Useful Information, Neonatal Care Tips

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Induction: A Loaded Word

I became a nurse midwife after working for 15 years as a nurse in a high-risk labor and delivery unit. I was a staff nurse, then charge nurse, helicopter transport nurse, nurse educator, and critical care OB-certified.

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Induction of Labor—Why or Why Not?

Labor induction is the use of artificial means to start uterine contractions, with the purpose of ending a pregnancy. “Artificial means” includes methods that use synthetic substances such as pharmaceuticals, natural substances such as herbs and homeopathic remedies, or mechanical forces such as sweeping membranes or artificial rupture of the amniotic sac. The list of ways to try to force labor to begin is long.

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Ophelia’s Surrendered Birth

Ophelia’s beautiful mama reached out to me early in her pregnancy, seeking a homebirth after a cesarean six years before. Her determination alone made her a great candidate for a HBAC, along with her self-awareness and overall vibrant health. At our first meeting, B expressed that she wanted her partner and her mother as her birth team, and they were both wonderfully involved and supportive throughout her pregnancy and birth.

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