Photo by Anastasiia Chepinska
Argentinian Marina Lembo, enthusiastically promotes midwifery and recounts the development of a community of midwives who have put together a birthing center where they can treat birth as a natural event.
Read more…. Midwifery Revolution
Traditonal Midwife Anita Rojas with Doña Irene at the Midwifery Today 2005 Eugene conference
A Mexican midwife recounts the story of her calling to midwifery and shares her philosophy.
Read more…. Doña Irene Sotelo
Dona Irene Sotelo Alvarez, Parteria Tradicional Mejicana. From OB STARE magazine. Read more…. Parteria Tradicional Mejicana: Doña Irene Sotelo Alvarez
De todas maneras nosotras atendemos el parto con nuestro conocimiento, nuestras hierbas, nuestras sobadas y nuestros rezos porque la partera significa vida, luz, amor, trabajo, mujer, responsabilidad, confianza, calidad, economía, esmero, cariño, amabilidad, satisfacción. Esto es lo que nos hace indispensables y diferentes. Y por esto, aunque haya centro de salud en nuestra comunidad las señoras van a atenderse con nosotras. Read more…. Luna Llena: Centro de iniciación a la partería en Oaxaca
We Americans are consumed with the need to believe that we are number one. But here’s a wrenching fact: 41 countries have better infant mortality rates than the US. Read more…. Midwifery and International Maternity Care
I am MorningStar and I believe in the stories and prayers of the people to preserve simple birth. As a Native American and a retired midwife with thirty years of experience…I feel confident, excited and encouraged that we will face the challenge before us and simplify birth. Read more…. Preserving Simple Birth
Egyptian Pharmacopia in Luxor
Photo provided by Cheryl Scott
Throughout history, women from around the world have discovered remedies made from herbs and foods for specific breastfeeding conditions. The authors share some of those.
Read more…. A Selection of International Nutritional & Herbal Remedies for Breastfeeding Concerns
Artwork by Stephanie Rodriguez
Judy Hagan comments on the increasing medicalization of birth, including the role of some midwives in perpetuating it. She goes on to discuss how she, as a midwife, has handled her business, and the need to advocate for home births.
Read more…. Homebirth Advocacy
We are in a profession that can give the greatest joy humankind has known—birth. In Spanish, birth is termed a more poetic "dar a luz," bring to the light. We, as midwives, need to bring to the light the truth about what childbirth can be. Read more…. Bringing Good Birth to the Light
Three generations of Afghan women
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This article provides us with a look into birthing in Afghanistan during 2004.
Read more…. Afghanistan
Photo by Tewodros Getnet
“When a labor is long and difficult, women of the village put huge rocks on their shoulders and walk around the hut to take some of the burden of the mother’s pain and encourage her to keep going.” This and other village childbirth traditions are shared by Danyanish Mekkonen, traditional Ethiopian midwife.
Read more…. Women’s Secrets: Childbirth in Rural Ethiopia