Issue 80

Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism

…figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed what too many parents and educators already knew: The incidence of autism is high, making it an "urgent public health issue," according to [the] director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Read more…. Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism

Korutun’s Birth

This article is an excerpt from the book Monique and the Mango Rains, reviewed in the last issue of Midwifery Today. It tells the story of a difficult birth in Mali, Africa; two birth attendants have a personal discussion about female genital mutilation. Read more…. Korutun’s Birth

Iye Sowodie’s “Gladdie, Gladdie” Day: Mercy Ships treats women made incontinent by birth injuries

Vesico-vaginal fistulas (VVF) are a common result of birth in sub-Saharan African countries. Learn about how the charity Mercy Ships is working in Sierra Leone to repair these birth injuries, allowing the women to return to normal lives.

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Placenta Rituals and Folklore from around the World

The newborn baby’s placenta is the focus of a variety of rituals throughout the world, which Sarah shares with us.

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Flower Healing: The Story of a Pakistani Midwife

An inspiring story of a community-based midwife who is making a difference in a country where maternal and infant mortality are extremely high.

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From Midwife to Peace Corps Volunteer: A Baby Boomer’s Journey in Honduras

Considering the Peace Corps or just wanting to make a difference in birth in Central America? Read this article on one woman’s experience.

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Conscious Motherhood

The author tells of how her personal experience with birth in Poland influenced the course of her work as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

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Todas Somos Parteras

Hace siglos el nombre partera y sus variantes, matrona y comadrona, se registran en la biblia y en cada continente para definir a la mujer sabia, con habilidades específicas para atender a la madre y su criatura durante la gestación, el parto y el cuidado posparto. ¿De dónde nace el nombre y sus atributos? Cada país o región nos muestra un pedazo de historia similar y otro distinto. Algo que tenemos en común es que por varios siglos la profesión se aprende entre mujeres en el ambiente social. Read more…. Todas Somos Parteras

We Are All Midwives

enturies ago names meaning midwife or matron were recorded in the Bible and on every continent to define a wise woman who has specific skills to assist the mother and her baby during the periods of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Read more…. We Are All Midwives

The Development of Birth Stories in an American Culture

Women get their ideas about what to expect from birth from the stories told by those who have gone before them. As more negative stories are told, more women expect and have traumatic births. The author discusses ways to change this.

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How to Get Free Publicity

This second in our series on marketing provides information on how to write a press release.

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Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Embracing the Unknowns of Birth

The message in this article in our Phase II series is respect for the motherbaby dyad and embracing the unknowns of birth. Read more…. Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Embracing the Unknowns of Birth

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