Midwifery Today Issue 120

Issue 120

Winter 2016

Theme: Birth and the Microbiome

In recent years, the microbiome has been a hot topic in the world of research. Scientists are realizing its importance in the lifelong health of an individual. Because the details pertaining to birth can have a drastic impact on the microbiome, either positively or negatively, we at Midwifery Today knew that this issue’s topic, “Birth and the Microbiome,” would be of keen interest to our readers. Enjoy the articles within, written by some of the best in the birth field, including Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, Sister MorningStar and internationally known herbalist Susun S. Weed.

Cover photo by Paige Driscoll (santacruzbirthphotographer.com). Paige is a birth photographer and doula, as well as a wife and mother to five boys. She is a storyteller of real life moments specializing in birth and motherhood. She is a certified birth doula and has training through Childbirth International as well as DONA® and is a trained Hypnobabies® doula. Her full spectrum of personal birth experiences range from hospital birth to birthing at home. With her extensive experience and expertise as both a photographer and a birthworker, she is able to support women in labor and capture the true rawness and beauty of birth as it unfolds.

Pictured: Not only was Paige the photographer at this birth; she was also the doula for this mama. Paige captured this moment of skin-to-skin contact as mother welcomed baby earthside. Einat was told by many that she would never be able to have a vaginal birth since she is only 4’11”. She didn’t listen to what others had to say. She trusted her body completely, and with the support of her husband, midwife Sunshine Tomlin and photographer Paige, she gave birth to her 7 lb 6 oz sweet baby boy at home.

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  • Poetry
  • From the Editor
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Marion’s Message
  • Discussions
  • Media Reviews
  • Classified Advertising
  • Photo Album


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