Gigliola, a veteran midwife now in her 80s shares stories with author Lindy Joy Cummings about her long midwifery career in Papua New Guinea and other remote parts of the world.
Read more…. One Midwife’s Journey: Stories from Papua New Guinea and Beyond
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Several months after a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, many residents are still living in tent cities such as the one pictured here.
A midwife working with laboring mothers in a still-devastated Haiti, is empowered and amazed by the tireless midwives she meets who are “single-handedly making such a big difference in women’s lives and the region at large.”
Read more…. We’ll Grow Back When the Rain Comes: An Update from Haiti
Veteran midwife Ireena Keeslar offers tips to midwives who want to build a midwifery practice that honors and respects their clients, while still making time and space for themselves and their own families.
Read more…. The Choices We Make: Building Trust between Midwife and Client
An obstetric nurse shares her maneuvers for helping to get a baby’s head out of the mother’s bladder compartment and into the pelvic compartment, then facilitating rotation from an occiput posterior position to an occiput anterior or occiput transverse position, saving the mother many hours of hard, ineffective labor and avoiding the need for a c-section.
Read more…. Turn, Baby, Turn: New Maneuvers for Turning a Malpositioned Baby
How many times have you seen a man become overwhelmed by fear as his partner gives birth? Calm enough to begin with, the man who was diligently timing contractions and cracking the odd joke a few hours ago now sits rigid by his partner’s bedside, his eyes wide with panic… Read more…. Beyond Fear, Tension and Panic: Helping Men Enjoy the Birth Experience
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Faced with a necessary cesarean, a mother must give up her hopes of having a homebirth, but still manages to craft an inspiring birth plan that gives her daughter “the gentlest birth possible given the circumstances.”
Read more…. A Family-centered Cesarean Birth
Author Michel Odent reminds midwives that “when there is an authentic fetus ejection reflex, the midwife can forget her usual worries about, for example, shoulder dystocia, difficulties for the delivery of the head in the case of a breech presentation, difficult process of rotation, dangerous perineal laceration, etc.” and gives succinct pointers for helping women experience a natural fetus ejection reflex.
Read more…. First Stage: Preparing the Fetus Ejection Reflex