Issue 74

Midwifery Today Issue 74Theme: Complications

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A Revelation in Birth—Home VBAC

Avery Judith Warren was born at home into pure love. Her birth was a magical home VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). But in order to express the impact her birth had on me, I must include the birth of my son, Mason.

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Searching for Lost Treasure

Aurelia assists women both in her home and in the women’s homes. If the labor is long, she stays with the woman. She says manzanilla (common chamomile) or malva (mallow) and food oil enema provide pain relief. Read more…. Searching for Lost Treasure

Intuition, Women and Birth

As men took over birth, intuition, instinct and oral tradition were replaced. These skills are still important.

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The Tragedy of Stillbirth

Time to shine a light on unexplained stillbirth in late pregnancy.

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Putting an End to Women’s Global Slaughter Bleeding to Death

Postpartum hemorrhages are almost always due to inappropriate interference. Learn why.

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Marion’s Message: When Do You Push the Panic Button?

At the March 2005 Midwifery Today Conference in Eugene, we sat in a circle discussing third and fourth stage problems. A young midwife with a hospital background raised a question. “When do you push the panic button?” People looked at her with interest and she continued, “What I mean is, in the hospital, they always stress that over twenty minutes from the time the baby is born to placental delivery is high risk. But people here are talking about much longer times. How do you know when you are in trouble?”

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Birthing Fear: The Iliopsoas Muscle

A discussion of the iliopsoas muscle’s vital role in the expression and resolution of fear.

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Mary Elmendorf with Doña Antonia at her home in 1971

Memories of Midwife Training in Mexico, 1952–2002

Perspectives of an 85-year-old anthropologist.

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The Temascal (chuj)

The traditional Mesoamerican sweat bath and its perinatal uses, written in Spanish and English. The Spanish version may be found online at https://www.midwiferytoday.com/mt-articles/el-temascal-chuj/

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Anitha’s Birth

The third in a series of stories of birth in India.

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Birth in Japan

Navigating birth in Japan requires confronting the medical model.

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PROM Question and Answer

This experienced midwife gives some sound advice on what to do for premature rupture of membranes.

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