Natural childbirth advocate and obstetrician Michel Odent discusses the importance of stress for the developing baby, particularly stress in the form of labor. Read more…. Stress Deprivation in the Perinatal Period
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Even before conception, and during their life in the womb and the first year of extra-uterine life, all babies experience the feeling of being desired and loved, which is the source of all aspects of life, where there are no opposites, no judgments, no criticism, no condemnation, no discrimination; it is just pure love and surrender during the first phases of consciousness. …
Read more…. Early Child Development: Setting the Basis for Effective Communication with Your Unborn Child
Babies should be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and love. Their first birth minutes are their welcome to the planet. This is where they will first learn what being on earth is all about. Read more…. First, Do No Harm to Newborns
The use of essential oils for nausea and fatigue during labor is just the crowning head to an incredible body of possible uses throughout the childbearing year. Yet, starting with essential oil uses for digestion is a good idea for midwives and moms-to-be to begin to integrate this powerful natural health modality into practice. …
Read more…. Essential Oils for Prenatal Nausea and Digestion
Midwife Sister MorningStar focuses on birth community in this powerful article. Read more…. Reclaiming Birth within Community
Long before anyone had thought to coin the term tandem nursing, I was doing it. Back when I started having kids in 1971, breastfeeding was at an all-time low in our country, and so was homebirth. …
Read more…. Bosom Buddies
This is an article that teaches classic midwifery, bringing back some sadly forgotten tricks for the midwife’s tool kit.
Read more…. Rings, Lines, Folds, and Other Old-time Tools to Assess Dilation
I don’t heal babies. They heal themselves. My midwifery experience compels me to carefully consider what exactly is needed in each situation. I always ask, ‘What would happen if I do less?’ My goal is to offer the smallest intervention necessary to stimulate the body to find balance. That is all it takes.
Read more…. Twenty-plus Years of Infant Craniosacral Therapy Practice
Midwife Mary Cooper shares some of her most memorable stories of newborns from the births she has attended.
Read more…. Newborn Stories
A great discussion surrounding the use of infants’ cord blood. Midwife Robin Lim primarily works in Indonesia where many women suffer from postpartum hemorrhage. As a preventive measure, she teaches people to wait an extended amount of time before severing the umbilical cord.
Read more…. The Necessary Question of Infants’ Human Rights at Birth: Are There Vampires in the Birth Rooms?
This article by midwife Sister MorningStar provides the reader with insight into newborns and their needs, paying close attention to their sense of sight and the newborn’s inclination to gaze at his mother. Read more…. The Newly Born: Gazing and Human Development
Midwife Marion discusses the special role a mother plays in the life of a growing baby.
Read more…. Motherbaby: How Close Can You Get?