Issue 92

Midwifery Today Issue 92Issue 92, Winter 2009/10

Theme: Massage / Touch

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Sciatica Relief

In this second of three articles in this issue, Stillerman describes methods for relieving pregnancy-related sciatica.

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The Easiest Birth Yet

The author discovers HypnoBirthing during her sixth pregnancy, and describes how this led to her “easiest birth yet.”

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A Difficult Breech Birth

Jennifer had once told me, “I don’t do births in Africa,” leaving this to an excellent staff of Ugandan midwives. But on that lucky morning, she got a stuck baby born and saved a life. Read more…. A Difficult Breech Birth

Back Labor

One of three articles in this issue by Elaine Stillerman, this piece describes in detail different massage techniques and body positions to help a birthing mother make her way through the difficulties of back labor.

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Reiki: The Energy Doula

Toni describes the benefits—to both the birth attendant and the birthing woman—of the use of Reiki during labor and birth.

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Supporting Women during Labor and Birth

In this excerpt from her book, Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy: A Practical Guide to Bodywork for the Perinatal Cycle, author Leslie Stager makes a solid case for the benefits of nurturing touch and massage during labor.

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Postpartum Pap Smear Potluck Socials, aka “Paplucks”

Christy Santoro knows how to lighten the mood when it comes time to perform Pap smears for her postpartum mamas.

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What Is a Birth without Loving Touch?

Naolí discusses touch as a basic need of all beings and, in particular, the benefits of loving touch—applied with awareness to the needs of the laboring recipient—during birth. Read more…. What Is a Birth without Loving Touch?

Factors That Persuaded Nurses to Establish a Maternity Care Centre in Nepal

The author describes the state of women’s health and health services in Nepal, and the establishment of that country’s first and only independent nurse-midwives-led birthing centre. Read more…. Factors That Persuaded Nurses to Establish a Maternity Care Centre in Nepal

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