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After eating disorders and depression left her for dead, Elise Brion embarked on a transformative healing journey that lead to her to parenthood, a community of inspiring women and work as a doula.
Read more…. Release, Rejuvenation and Rejoicing: The Blossoming of a Woman
Considering the fast-paced nature of modern American culture, perhaps it’s not unexpected that the issue of time is having a never-before-seen and increasingly disastrous effect on pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery Read more…. Time in a Bottle
A midwife and mother channels courage and strength to “let go” of the son she miscarries at home.
Read more…. Lavender and Letting Go: A Miscarriage Birth Story
“There is more to the transport of a woman with her heart set on a natural out-of-hospital birth experience than communicating facts.” What is the midwife’s role in transport? How can she best support her client and help to facilitate communication with a hospital culture that is not always receptive to her efforts? Find out in this illuminating article from a CNM who has walked both sides.
Read more…. Ethics and Lessons Learned in Transport
An apprentice midwife takes a critical look at our sexualized culture and defends the right to breastfeed in public. Read more…. Breastfeeding in Public
This past year, two labors I attended benefited (meaning we avoided a cesarean each time) from a technique shared over a hundred years ago by Dr. Walcher. The first of these mothers labored for her third homebirth after four previous cesareans. She’d had a hard time getting her first baby into her pelvis (lying in bed) and was given a c-section at 3 cm and then she had three more cesareans in following years. Umm hmm. So, I was honored to help at her first homebirth, her fifth child. He also took a long time to engage. Beginning posterior, a variety of positions eventually got him through. Her second homebirth occurred after a long latent phase but before her midwife arrived.
Read more…. Opening the Pelvic Brim with Walcher’s Position
The author sits down at a diner in Cairo, Georgia with local legend and beloved midwife Pinkie Norwood, who delivered 600 babies over the course of 30 years.
Read more…. Hey, Miz Pinkie
The author, a former president of MANA and the first legal nurse-midwife in the state of Missouri, reflects on changes in a practice that spanned 30 years. What began with homebirths to independent-minded women in the 1970s evolved into something very different.
Read more…. The Cultural Aspect of Birth: My Midwest Experience
The many benefits of this simple, inexpensive procedure are explored. Find out why cord burning is making a comeback!
Read more…. Cord Burning
Contributor Marion Toepke McLean offers a thoughtful overview of recent studies on the treatment of Placenta Accreta.
Read more…. Marion’s message: Placenta Accreta