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Wisdom of the Midwives: Placentas

Wisdom of the Midwives: Placentas – Issue 144

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Media Reviews – Issue 144

Media Reviews – Issue 144 – Crowning: True Stories of Birthing and Women In Nepal, by Geeta Pfau, A Woman of Firsts: The Midwife Who Changed the World, by Edna Adan Ismail, Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian, by Sarah C. Williams, and Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife, by Ingrid Andersson

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Polycythemia and the Natural Emergence of the Placenta

When a pregnant woman mentions to her medical provider that she wants to leave the baby’s umbilical cord to pulse until it has turned white, the provider might say “Oh, no, you don’t want to do that because your baby can get too much blood in his/her body.”

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Bonding Analysis: Bonding-related Support in Pregnancy to Promote Prenatal Bonding

All my life I had been interested in psychology because I wanted to know what made me suffer, what makes people in general suffer, and how suffering can be alleviated or even healed. Finally, I discovered the new field of prenatal psychology. “The secret life of the unborn child,” as Professor Thomas Verny so brilliantly described, offered satisfying answers to my manifold questions that any other school of psychology had not been able to so far.

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Opening the Pelvic Outlet in Labor

Mother’s bodies are generally made to birth their babies. And babies come in all sizes—the same as pelvises. Mostly, the baby and the pelvis fit well together, so during contractions in active labor we see a progressive, smooth, and gentle birth process. Every woman takes time to birth her baby, connecting to her strength, reinforcing her inner power, and learning to dive into her path toward motherhood.

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Michele Savonarola: His Fifteenth-Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics for the Midwives and Mothers of Ferrara, Italy

Michele Savonarola was a court physician who served the house of Este in the fifteenth-century city-state of Ferrara, Italy, and was a prolific writer of Latin and Italian texts. About 1460, he composed his vernacular Italian manual bearing the Latin title, De regimine praegnantium et noviter natorum usque ad septennium, or Guide for Pregnant Women and Newborns up to the Seventh Year, which has recently been translated into English (Zuccolin and Marafioti). The Guide allows today’s English readers to learn more about midwifery, maternity, medical practice, and the realities of the childbearing year, including the care of the newborn, in early modern Italy.

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Two Particularities of the Human Placenta

We focus on two reasons why the human placenta is special. First, it is highly effective at transferring maternal antibodies toward the fetal bloodstream. Second, it is not eaten by the mother.

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Fiery Birth

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away … I was at Aria’s first homebirth, which was taking its sweet, mellow time. No problems, just a slow, laid-back birth. I was asked to help pass the time telling birth stories.

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U-Turn in the History of Human Births

From the studies of human groups that had retained palaeolithic characteristics until the twentieth century, we can conclude that before the “neolithic revolution” women were isolating themselves to give birth and that procreation was usually starting soon after puberty (Everett 2008; .Shostak 1990; Schiefenhovel 1978)

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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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