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Alicia Kaye and new baby girl, Delilah Alexandra Pearl Kaye, relax with dad, Benjamin Kaye, and big brother, Calvin LaVere Kaye
After watching her mother grapple through a Pitocin/Cytotec induced birth, the author starts her quest to find a better, more natural, way of birthing.
Read more…. The “Miracle” of Induction
Confounded by a client who has already birthed several handicapped children, midwife Marlene Waechter utilizes the wisdom of Dr. Tom Brewer and finds that diet really does make a drastic difference to pregnant mamas and their babies.
Read more…. Brewer Babies
Birth expert Michel Odent explores the scientific data collected on the most common intervention in childbirth—the use of synthetic oxytocin to start labor—and concludes that doctors “would be wise to make labor induction an exceptionally rare practice.”
Read more…. If I Were the Baby: Questioning the Widespread Use of Synthetic Oxytocin
A brief history of midwives who have resisted unjust laws and continued to practice their craft, despite the threat of persecution.
Read more…. Breaking the Law: Midwives and Civil Disobedience
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A labor and delivery nurse who has delivered four children at the hospital, finds herself with a whole new perspective on birth after facing her fears and birthing her fifth child at home.
Read more…. Facing Fears, Embracing Birth
The notion that, until we see through the oppressive forces that obscure the issue of safe birth for all women and babies, we won’t be able to think of birth as a human rights issue is at the heart of this essay.
Read more…. Shedding Light on Maternal Mortality
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Women are being undermined in subtle, yet important ways inside the typical American labor and delivery ward, concludes certified nurse-midwife Sandra Stine Tallbear in this succinct essay about learning to truly listen to a mother’s needs.
Read more…. Learning to Listen
Mama and Papa were residents of another state until they came here, to Hawaii, to birth, contacting me by phone five months into their pregnancy. Their desire was an ocean birth. Baby had communicated with her parents that this was the birth she needed. Read more…. Full Moon Birthing
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Having learned from her “traditional American hospital birth,” a mother plans an at-home waterbirth and finds a midwife who makes her feel “important, respected and cared for.”
Read more…. From Hospital to Home
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After five years working in the birth field, a new midwife encounters her first brush with death. This vividly told story highlights the stark reality for midwives working in the developing world. Read more…. Diary of a Midwife: Uganda
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An intimate portrait of a legend in the birth field, Dr. Marsden Wagner.
Read more…. An Afternoon with Marsden
This article investigates potential reasons for the staggering stillbirth/neonatal death rates in developing countries and suggests maternal malnutrition may be to blame.
Read more…. A Matter of Maternal Malnutrition? Explaining Stillbirth/Neonatal Death Rates in Developing Nations