Midwifery Today

The heart and science of birth

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Experience the authentic sights and sounds of birth! 

Birth with Gloria Lemay features nine beautiful homebirths, each one a lovely example of a normal, family birth. It’s a great resource to share with women to help build their confidence in their birthing bodies.  The DVD also includes special features on circumcision and the prepuce.

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There is an interesting relation between promoting women’s choice and the degree to which the procedure is doctor-friendly. A trial of vaginal birth after a previous CS (VBAC) is safer than a routine repeat CS but there are no articles in medical journals promoting the right of women to choose VBAC. CS is doctor-friendly; VBAC is not.

- Choosing Caesarean Section by Marsden Wagner, MD.  From Midwifery Today Issue 57, Spring 2001.


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Our Shoulder Dystocia Package contains the Shoulder Dystocia Handbook, the Shoulder Dystocia and Malpresentations 4-CD Audio Set and Midwifery Today Issue 103, with the theme of Shoulder Dystocia. It’s a great way to learn more about this topic and you’ll save $13.30  off the price of these items bought separately.

Our Shoulder Dystocia Package contains the Shoulder Dystocia Handbook, the Shoulder Dystocia and Malpresentations 4-CD Audio Set and Midwifery Today Issue 103, with the theme of Shoulder Dystocia. It’s a great way to learn more about this topic and you’ll save $13.30  off the price of these items bought separately.

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Every midwife knows that the head of the baby has the largest diameter of any body part, which is why the breech birth is higher risk than the vertex. In a vertex presentation, once the head has negotiated the pelvis, the rest of the baby usually follows with ease. But the after-coming head of the breech may get stuck, even though the smaller diameters of the body were born without difficulty. As the unborn baby receives all needed elements to sustain life through the cord, which is pinched off between the head and the cervix, the breech baby must be delivered within eight to ten minutes after the body comes out or brain damage and death will occur. The breech with extended arms along the head presents an even larger diameter and typically will not deliver unless the arms are released. The arms of a breech baby may be caused to extend by pushing too soon, or by attempts to hasten breech delivery. However, the irregular surface of the head plus the extended arms may offer a safe placement for the cord, allowing oxygen and other vital elements to pass through to the baby and giving extra time for safe delivery.
A Difficult Breech Birth by Marion Toepke McLean - Midwifery Today Issue 92, Winter 2009.

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Imagine you are a baby in utero. Set yourself a stage in there. You are surrounded by warm water, a loving mother and the wonderful sounds of her heartbeat. (In the Mauritius Islands, this first home, the uterus, is called the baby’s house, according to English midwife Huguette Comerasamy.) Your baby’s house is tight. Soon you will be nearing your time to come to the earth through birth. What position are you in? How does it feel? What do you want for your birth?
Baby’s Choice by Jan Tritten -  Midwifery Today, Issue 86, Summer 2008.