Maternal mortality prevention has been a world health goal ever since the conception of the Safe Motherhood Initiative in 1985. Maternal death occurs in pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum time.
Read more…. Too Little Too Late or Too Much Too Soon? How About Just Right?
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Wisdom of the Midwives: What are the advantages of medical care for birth? – Issue 142
Read more…. Wisdom of the Midwives: Medical Care for Birth
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Media Review – Issue 142 – Powerful Postpartum Read more…. Media Review – Issue 142
“Portland Birth Photographer, Natalie Broders” (www.nataliebroders.com)
Tricks of the Trade – Issue 142 – Asynclitic Presentation, Prolonged Labor, Using the Placenta for Hemorrhage, Helpful Herbal Recipes
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The face of Midwifery Today is changing. I am retiring. Midwifery Today (MT) needs to live on, so I have found the ideal midwife-visionary to carry her into the next years: Lois Wilson. You can read a bit of her story here. Read more…. From the Editor: Gratitude for Midwifery Today
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In the UK, in 1960, the Peel Report suggested a goal of 100% hospital deliveries, without any evidence whatsoever that this would improve outcomes.
Read more…. Midwifery—An Existential Crisis
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Globally, there is the problem of the over-medicalization of childbirth, but there is also the problem of the under-utilization of lifesaving care, and marginalized people often suffer needlessly from lack, rather than overuse, of health care during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery. This quote from Miller et al. Read more…. Become an Implementing Partner of the International Childbirth Initiative: A Model for Safety and Respect in Childbirth that Works in Every Setting, Everywhere in the World
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I had been warned of the “empty nest syndrome” that happens when a couple’s youngest child is old enough to leave the nest. No one ever warned me that at least 15 years before that, I would be devastated by the “empty breast syndrome.”
Read more…. The Empty Breast Syndrome
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The term “medicalization” refers to the process in which conditions and behaviors are labeled and treated as medical issues. Medicalized birth came about in the early 1900s with advances in pain relief, antiseptic and aseptic surgical practices, and surgical techniques and outcomes, alongside a rapid rise in people’s faith in scientific medicine.
Read more…. The Medicalization of Midwifery and Birth
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Midwifery today readers must realize that we are at the dawn of a radically new understanding of human evolution and human nature. The main reason is that we are now in a position to consider the evolution of Homo and the evolution of our planet—particularly the enormous fluctuations of sea levels—as two inseparable topics. Furthermore, we are currently giving increased importance to fast-developing disciplines such as genetics and virology. My objective is to popularize the “marine chimpanzee concept” and to classify “the aquatic ape theory” in the framework of the history of sciences.
Read more…. Are Midwifery Today Readers Marine Chimps or Aquatic Apes?