Issue 98

Midwifery Today Issue 98Theme: Second Stage

The “second stage” of labor can be quick and painless, or long and threatened by potential complications that require quick action on the midwife’s part. This informative issue critically examines both the medical and midwifery models of care in attending second stage. Therapeutic bodywork techniques for motherbaby, globetrotting birth stories and new articles from Michel Odent, Cornellia Enning and Jean Sutton are also included.

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The Story of Bridget Shevlane: A Labor of Love

Take a trip to 19th century Ireland, where the village midwife was truly a “Jill of all trades.”

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Waiting Can Be So Hard

Jan Tritten reflects on second stage complications and the midwife’s role. Sometimes patient waiting, tempered with wisdom of when, and how, to act is the safest, healthiest way to bring new life into the world. Read more…. Waiting Can Be So Hard

Three Stories, Two Continents, One Birth Journey

Starting in her native Mexico and ending up in London, England, doula and mama Indira Lopez-Bassols birthed three children—and herself—through a transformative birth journey.

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In Search of Hope for Rita

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 98, Summer 2011. Subscribe to Midwifery Today Magazine Author’s Note: All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the women whose stories are shared here. In recent years, 20,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Israel from Africa, by way of the Egyptian desert. Many more refugees did not survive the journey, were caught by the Egyptian authorities en route or were turned back from the Israeli border in fear of infiltration by potential terrorists. Eighty-five percent of Israel’s asylum seekers are from Sudan and Eritrea. They flee famine and war in their homelands and set out on a long, difficult and dangerous journey in hope of securing a more promising future for themselves and their children. Many were interned in prison for illegal entry before being granted sanctuary in Israel. The women, as primary caregivers to their families, are not always able to work, certainly not while birthing or during the first few months after childbirth. They are not entitled to social welfare benefits, including the routine prenatal care that Israeli citizens receive, and most have no medical insurance. However, they are provided with basic aid, including medical… Read more…. In Search of Hope for Rita

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Birth and Freedom

A student midwife takes on state governments’ encroachment of women’s rights to birth where and how they choose.

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Father’s Day Surprise

One midwife. Three babies. Thirteen hours. Happy Father’s Day!

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An Overview of Upright Positions During Second Stage Labor

Not only do upright positions work with gravity, offering numerous benefits to mother and baby, but they also have an interesting history. Layer uncovers the story behind their wane in popularity during the 18th century and relatively recent resurgence.

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Why Wait Until Second Stage?

Learn how therapeutic bodywork techniques can help baby achieve the optimal position prior to birth, as well as address Torticollis and Plagiocephaly after birth.

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Getting to Second Stage

The positive presence of the midwife, and her belief in the abilities of the laboring woman, can affect birth outcomes. Carol Gautschi considers the influence of the midwife’s believes and attitudes on labor.

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How to Support the Autonomy of Motherbaby in Second Stage of Waterbirth

To prepare for an autonomous waterbirth, a woman should know the specific quality of contractions in each stage of birth. Read more…. How to Support the Autonomy of Motherbaby in Second Stage of Waterbirth

Labor Pattern and Management during a Prolonged Second Stage

In this thoughtful article, author Kate Prendergast discusses the use of management techniques for a prolonged second stage.

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Understanding Stages of Labour after the Paradigm Shift

Michel Odent covers the importance of the fetal ejection reflex as it relates to the second stage of labor.

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