Photos by EvaDiana Iguaran—evadiana.com
Photo Album – Issue 143 | Photos by EvaDiana Iguaran—evadiana.com
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Drawing by David B. Such
Poetry: To Birth a Child, by David B.Such
Read more…. To Birth a Child
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
Photo by Michal Bar Haim
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.”
Read more…. Calling All Midwives….
Photo by Adele Morris
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.” Read more…. To Induce or Not to Induce? That is the Question
Tricks of the Trade – Issue 143 | For Morning Sickness/Nausea, Repairing Minor 1st Degree Tears, Useful Information, Neonatal Care Tips
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Photo by Martin Dubé
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.
Read more…. Induction: A Loaded Word
Photo by Ricardo Moura
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.
Read more…. Induction of Labor—Why or Why Not?
Photo by Meghan Thompson
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.
Read more…. Ophelia’s Surrendered Birth
Photos provided author
When wimyn gather, knowledge, skills, and wisdom are preserved and experience expands.
Read more…. Gather the Wimyn!
Photo by Marcin Jozwiak
It is more and more common, in the framework of modern obstetrics, to shorten the duration of pregnancy through such interventions as labor inductions (and pre-labor cesareans). This is the reason we will summarize the conclusions of recent studies suggesting that the importance of the short phase of “physiological birth preparation” is underestimated (Odent 2019).
Read more…. Understanding the Phase of Human Birth Preparation
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