Theme: Midwifery Education
There are various ways to become a midwife. This issue deals with those ways and different aspects of the call to midwifery: spiritual, educational, medical, and holistic.
Cover photo by Kimi Joliba Honzaki
- Poem: The Apprentice Becomes Midwife, by Ingrid Andersson
- From the Editor: Aspects of Midwifery Education, by Jan Tritten
Jan tells us about how she received her midwifery education, how it has changed over the years, and the role of Midwifery Today in educating midwives.
- Tricks of the Trade
- Quote of the Quarter
- Media Reviews
- Midwifery and Childbirth News
- The Value of an Accredited Midwifery Education, by Kristen Benoit
The author focuses on the advantages of an accredited midwifery education and how to go that route.
- The Spiritual Education of a Midwife, by Jane Beal
Frequent contributor Jane Beal tells us about her path to and through midwifery and its spiritual aspects.
- A Midwife’s Midwife, by Judy Ribner
This story deals with providing homebirth midwifery services to women in the orthodox Jewish community.
- Was the New Testament “Peer-reviewed?”, by Michel Odent
Dr. Odent refers to the story of the birth of Jesus in his advocacy of breastfeeding immediately after birth.
- A Midwifery Success: Homebirth in the Australian Public Hospital System, by Sydney Leach
This 17-year-old doula from Colorado shares her experience and insights from spending a summer working in the public hospital system in Sydney, Australia, where a public homebirth program is currently available to expecting mothers.
- The One-Minute Preceptor Model for Midwives, by Vicki Penwell
This helpful article details the one-minute preceptor model for teaching and learning. Vicki, who works in the Philippines, discusses the five basic micro-skills and provides examples of how they can be applied.
- The Magic and Mysteries of Parent-Child Synchrony, by Christine Ramos
- Midwifery Education: A Brief History and Thoughts for the Future, by Elizabeth Davis
This article first summarizes some of the history of how midwifery has been taught and advocates for individualized, personalized instruction and some expected conflicts with the current system and how it is still evolving
- Kangaroo Care, by Edwidge Kezaabu
This article addresses Kangaroo Care and its advantages for mother and babies.
- Traditional Midwifery, The Traditional Way, by Lois Wilson
Lois founded Sophia’s Way, School of Traditional Midwifery. She advocates a woman-centered teaching method that avoids technology, when possible–using traditional ways.
- Birth is Boss, by Judy Ribner
A story illustrating the need for patience in birth.
- Wisdom of the Midwives: How did you get your education to be a midwife? What do you think is the best way for midwives to get their education?
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