Issue 83

Horse Birth

This exciting story, by a midwife and horse breeder, is a lesson in trusting in the process of birth.

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Finding Better Solutions to End Bullying—What a Midwife Can Do

This fourth article in our series on bullying explains what midwives can do when they find themselves targeted by a bully. The last article, in our next issue, will cover what organizations can do to end bullying. Read more…. Finding Better Solutions to End Bullying—What a Midwife Can Do

Thoughts on Breech Birth

With a reminder to the practice the three Ps (patience, patience, patience), regular contributor Gloria Lemay gives us some tips on successful breech birthing.

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The Issues Associated with Postpartum Major Depression

“Postpartum Major Depression (PMD) occurs in as many as 20% of new mothers.” Learn about its causes, its effects on children and how it can be treated.

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Midwifery Model of Care: On Breech Birth

Midwife Carol Gautschi shares some of her experiences and suggests ways in which were can bring midwifery, rather than med-wifery, to helping with breech births.

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Global Midwifery and the Humanization of Birth

Prior to 200 years ago, all birth care around the world was humanized as it was attended by midwives, kept the woman in the center, and in general, respected nature and culture.
Then came the technological age after World War II. If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can also have perfect birth. So without any scientific data to justify such a move, childbirth was moved to hospitals with doctors and machines and drugs. Midwives were marginalized, with no role for women or family, and birth became medicalized.

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Too Good to Be True

Former Midwifery Today Managing Editor Amanda Bird tells the story of the birth of her first child.

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Protecting Women from Exploitation

In developing countries midwives are responsible for much more than birth. This interview addresses one midwife’s response issue of coerced birth control in Mexico.

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Midwives and Uterine Rupture: What We Have to Offer

With a cesarean rate now over 30% in the US, almost half of all labors being induced artificially and a potential increase in the number of true uterine ruptures, we need to seriously evaluate the practices of midwives and how they positively affect uterine rupture. Read more…. Midwives and Uterine Rupture: What We Have to Offer

The Story of the Weeping Camel

A review of a beautifully filmed movie shows that a difficult birth can affect the relationship between a camel and her baby. The resolution will surprise you.

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Improving Health in Assam, India

This is the story of working for Doctors without Borders in Assam, India.

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