Issue 89

Midwifery Today Issue 89Issue 90, Spring 2009

Theme: Midwifery Knowledge from Around the World

The cover photo is of a Seattle-area mom and her two daughters, and reflects so much love in the family. It was photographed by Amber Jordan, using traditional black and white 35mm film. To view more of Amber’s work, please go to www.photographybyamber.com.

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The Midwife

A lovely piece on the midwife and the current state of midwifery.

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Midwifery Knowledge Spread Around the World

The other way to spread this midwifery knowledge…is to bring it to the US at the conferences Midwifery Today presents here. I’ve seen that each culture that has not been taken over by interventive, mainstream medical birth culture has a lot to offer the rest of the world in terms of midwifery knowledge. Read more…. Midwifery Knowledge Spread Around the World

The Life and Work of a Rope Midwife in Darfur

This fictional composite is an account of the life and work of an imaginary traditional midwife in a Darfur village. It is based on multiple sources of information, including direct experience, observation, personal interviews and the research of others.  Read more…. The Life and Work of a Rope Midwife in Darfur

Does It Matter How We Were Born?

The author argues that midwives need to be aware that it does matter what happens during our birth so they can do the best job possible.

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Keeping the Midwifery Legacy Alive

Midwifery. The word brings to mind a pregnant woman in a softly lit room, laboring with intent, touched and tended by gentle women who are experienced and wise in the ways of labor and birth. One role of midwives is to protect the sanctity of birth. Read more…. Keeping the Midwifery Legacy Alive

The Gift

The author brings to life her experience apprenticing as a midwife in Africa.

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Born in Poland

A midwife traces the family birthing lineage back to Poland.

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Andean Traditional Midwifery in Peru

Written by a feminist anthropologist, this article provides a comprehensive view of traditional midwifery beliefs and practices among the Andean people of Peru.

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Brona

This story of a stillborn baby, and the unexpected repercussions for his midwife mother, will evoke both sadness and anger in readers.

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Traditional Mentoring

A great article for all aspiring or practicing midwives, providing important advice on mentoring.

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Why Music Matters in Childbirth

Music has a central place in the lives of many of us, and it is an essential part of some birth plans. The author discusses the research and her experiences of music and birth, along with some helpful suggestions.

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