The author posits that the rise in third- and fourth-degree tears in Scandinavian countries stems more from the increased use of interventions such as induction and epidural than from the “hands-off” approach favored by midwives. Read more…. Disturbing “New” Trends in Tear Prevention Threaten Midwives’ Autonomy
Author Michele Klein uses the archetypes of the stork and the phoenix to delve into the issues surrounding burnout within the midwifery profession, and provides examples of “phoenix midwives” who have reinvented themselves and their roles “with women.”
Read more…. The Stork and the Phoenix: Birth, Burnout and Rebirth
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The author tells the story of her planned homebirth turned (unexpected) unassisted birth.
Read more…. Madison’s Birth
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Author Rose St. John describes the importance of breath practices during labor, and explains specific techniques for helping the birthing mother use her breath to maintain a relaxed state.
Read more…. The Great and Simple Teaching of Breath
A midwife describes both her passion for and addiction to the calling of midwifery, along with her subsequent burnout, and makes the case for prioritizing self-care within the midwifery profession.
Read more…. The Rise and Fall of a Birth Junkie
The author makes the case for a connection between natural, unmedicated birth and trouble-free breastfeeding, with a mother’s confidence in her innate abilities being the key to success in both areas.
Read more…. Reclaiming the Art of Breastfeeding
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Meredith Casella with postoperative fistula patients in Dubie, Democratic Republic of Congo (2007)
In compelling dispatches from the field, nurse-midwife Meredith Casella documents her experiences in Africa with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
Read more…. Letters from the Field: From the Congo to Chad
…the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a landmark resolution acknowledging maternal mortality and morbidity as a human rights issue. The adoption of this resolution prods governments to “change the way they view maternal death… Read more…. Birth Is a Human Rights Issue
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Risked out of a homebirth for her first child, the author describes her disappointing experience with a hospital birth.
Read more…. We Finally Made It Out of That Darn Hospital
Image info: Illustration from Stillerman, E.: Prenatal Massage: A Textbook of Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Bodywork, St. Louis, 2008, Mosby. Reprinted with permission.
This is the third of three articles by Elaine Stillerman in this issue. In this article, the author describes massage techniques for managing the development of the c-section scar and helping the surrounding tissues heal properly.
Read more…. C-section Scar Massage
A midwifery student describes the amazing experience of watching her preceptor turn a breech baby.
Read more…. A Not-So-Lost Art
Photo by Shea Hardy Baker
This article describes the inspiring work of the Lane County, Oregon, program "Doulas Supporting Teens," which matches doulas up with teenage parents-to-be and provides education and support throughout the first year of parenting. Read more…. Doulas Supporting Teens