Issue 69

Midwifery Today: Past and Future

Midwifery Today is 18 years old this year. I like to reflect deeply at special milestones. To me, the beginning of the year is always a time of intense planning for the future and pondering where we have been. Read more…. Midwifery Today: Past and Future

The Birth of a Collaboration

Ever since I met two traditional Oaxacan midwives at the 1993 Midwives of North America (MANA) conference in San Francisco, I wanted to visit Oaxaca, Mexico. Ten years later, it happened when Jan Tritten invited me to participate in the 2003 Midwifery Today/ MANA conference in Oaxaca. Read more…. The Birth of a Collaboration

Wild, Beautiful Birth

Midwifery knowledge is knowledge of woman and nature. We must remember that all we know about birth comes from these primary sources. Increasingly, we rely on our opinions to tell us what is true about birth, or we quantify our experiences of assisting labor to find meaning in the face of its potential chaos.

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Midwifery and Chiropractic: Bonding for Life

In my professional experience as a chiropractor, I have had the opportunity to work with many midwives. I have come to learn that midwives and chiropractors have many similarities in approaches to health care. Both groups share an acknowledgement of, and trust in, the body’s inner wisdom. Chiropractors call this wisdom “innate intelligence.” When allowed to perform without interference, innate intelligence coordinates the responses to the body’s needs at any given moment, thus maintaining the body’s optimal health.

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Woman’s Work

I am a midwife. The name midwife is derived from the Old English med or mid meaning “with,” and wife meaning “woman.” As we know, midwife means “with woman.” Midwives empower women and provide knowledge, guidance and encouragement as well as the skills of their trade as needed. Midwives help women create sacred space within which to have their babies. Midwives are, as their name implies, “with woman.”

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Women’s Innate Knowledge

Midwifery knowledge is everything about woman. It is innate. It is what our bodies know without instruction when fear is absent. It is more than birth. It includes living, loving, sharing, crying, learning, helping and simply being silent while listening.

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From Dream to Reality: Birth Center for Mayan Midwives

Four years have passed since I sat in an enclosed courtyard in the Guatemalan town of Concepción Chiquirichapa and spoke with 20 midwives ranging in age from late 20s to early 80s. We were separated by language and culture but united in heart and spirit as midwives.

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The Knowing Body and Remembering Heart

On one of my trips to the magical world of the library I was drawn, as if by a magnet, to the newly acquired books table where my fingers fell upon The Heart’s Code. In this work, Paul Pearsall offers a revolutionary view of the human body based on the most advanced scientific studies coming out of the field of psychoneuroimmunology—the study of the interaction between mind, body and social systems and how this interaction influences social systems—and bio-energetics or energy medicine—the study of energy generated within living things.

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Passing It On

I began my journey to and through midwifery in 1980. Little did I know as a Bradley® childbirth educator that homebirthing is what lay ahead. If I had known, I don’t know that I would have continued!

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An Intimate Dance with Birthing Women

When he was asked, “What is a friend?” Aristotle answered, “One soul inhabiting two bodies.” When asked, “What is a doula?” I answered, “One soul inhabiting two bodies,” … the privilege to be in union—nonseparate from another with a shared intent or purpose. Read more…. An Intimate Dance with Birthing Women

An Intimate Dance with Birthing Women

So rarely in our lives do we have the privilege to be in union—nonseparate from another with a shared intent or purpose. Such is the opportunity during labour and birth. We must take notice and give ourselves permission to engage in this type of intimacy.

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Omega 3 Oils and Pregnancy

I can’t count all the births I’ve been to where the mother was relaxed and the contractions strong, and yet, try as it might, the cervix would not open.

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