Issue 144

Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 144

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 144

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Marion’s Message: Placenta Accreta Spectrum: A Pregnancy Complication That is Becoming More Common

Placenta accreta is a serious condition of pregnancy that has been increasing worldwide since the 1980s. It can lead to severe hemorrhaging and death. It has been a leading cause of the increasing maternal mortality in the United States in the past few decades.

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Ode To My Placenta

Poetry – Issue 144

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Placentas

Wisdom of the Midwives: Placentas – Issue 144

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Media Reviews – Issue 144

Media Reviews – Issue 144 – Crowning: True Stories of Birthing and Women In Nepal, by Geeta Pfau, A Woman of Firsts: The Midwife Who Changed the World, by Edna Adan Ismail, Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian, by Sarah C. Williams, and Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife, by Ingrid Andersson Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 144

Jan’s Corner: The Gorgeous Placenta

It is astounding how much midwives and doulas love and appreciate the placenta, while the general public treats it with an “eewww” attitude. We think of it as an incredible though short-lived organ that through it produces a beautiful baby. Most of us teach our families the beauty and function of the placenta. Before or after we have checked it for missing Read more…. Jan’s Corner: The Gorgeous Placenta

Polycythemia and the Natural Emergence of the Placenta

When a pregnant woman mentions to her medical provider that she wants to leave the baby’s umbilical cord to pulse until it has turned white, the provider might say “Oh, no, you don’t want to do that because your baby can get too much blood in his/her body.”

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Bonding Analysis: Bonding-related Support in Pregnancy to Promote Prenatal Bonding

All my life I had been interested in psychology because I wanted to know what made me suffer, what makes people in general suffer, and how suffering can be alleviated or even healed. Finally, I discovered the new field of prenatal psychology. “The secret life of the unborn child,” as Professor Thomas Verny so brilliantly described, offered satisfying answers to my manifold questions that any other school of psychology had not been able to so far.

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Opening the Pelvic Outlet in Labor

Mother’s bodies are generally made to birth their babies. And babies come in all sizes—the same as pelvises. Mostly, the baby and the pelvis fit well together, so during contractions in active labor we see a progressive, smooth, and gentle birth process. Every woman takes time to birth her baby, connecting to her strength, reinforcing her inner power, and learning to dive into her path toward motherhood.

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Michele Savonarola: His Fifteenth-Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics for the Midwives and Mothers of Ferrara, Italy

Michele Savonarola was a court physician who served the house of Este in the fifteenth-century city-state of Ferrara, Italy, and was a prolific writer of Latin and Italian texts. About 1460, he composed his vernacular Italian manual bearing the Latin title, De regimine praegnantium et noviter natorum usque ad septennium, or Guide for Pregnant Women and Newborns up to the Seventh Year, which has recently been translated into English (Zuccolin and Marafioti). The Guide allows today’s English readers to learn more about midwifery, maternity, medical practice, and the realities of the childbearing year, including the care of the newborn, in early modern Italy.

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Two Particularities of the Human Placenta

We focus on two reasons why the human placenta is special. First, it is highly effective at transferring maternal antibodies toward the fetal bloodstream. Second, it is not eaten by the mother.

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