Midwifery Today Issue 37

Issue 37

Spring 1996

Midwifery Today Issue 37
The Threat of Technology

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  • Vaginal ultrasound: Diagnostic aid or tool of abuse—Marion Toepke McLean, CNM
    This test has its advantages, but must be used with prudence.
  • Urban guerrilla midwives—Sharon Merecki, CNM, and Miday Belden, CNM
    “The daily realities of midwifing in a large tertiary care center challenge us….”
  • No heroics, just love
    The baby’s heart defect was not compatible with life.
  • This man loves midwives—Poppy Shell
    Marsden Wagner has promoted midwifery through his writing and lectures.

Other Features

  • Birth planJanine DeBaise
    Thoughts taken from the dreams of 200 women.
  • With scars in my uterus and heart—Cheryl Ettinger
    How can we protect women from technology, yet follow our protocols?
  • Knitting needles, cameras and electronic fetal monitors—Michel Odent, M.D.
    A cultural misunderstanding of birth physiology threatens women.
  • A blending of two worlds—Sharon Glass Jonquil, CNM
    Modern midwifery is an uneasy balance of brain and tool vs. heart and hands.
  • The pain of labour—Andrea Robertson
    It hurts to give birth. But there is a special biological role for that pain.
  • The belly of the beast—Roxi Augustine, RN
    “I make a profound difference in the women’s lives that I touch.”
  • A grand triumph—Judy Edmunds
    A woman succeeds in having a homebirth, despite her doctor’s wishes.
  • Pursuing the Birth Machine—An update by Marsden Wagner, M.D.
    Important new information has become available on some technologies.
  • Searching for appropriate birth technology—Robert and Rosalind Weston
    A review of Pursuing the Birth Machine.


  • Editor’s Page
  • Poetry
  • Networking
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Marion’s Message
  • Question of the Quarter
  • Media Reviews
  • News
  • Journal Abstracts
  • Calendar
  • Classified Advertising
  • In My Opinion
  • Photo Album
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