February 2008 - Posts

21 February 2008
Please meet Mickey Sperlich
I am traveling to Cape Town, South Africa to check on doing a conference there. Before I go I wanted to introduce you to Mickey Sperlich who is one of the authors the new book Motherbaby Press is about to send to the printer. While I am gone she will do a few guest blogs about her book. You will also... Read More...
19 February 2008
Cure for Postpartum Depression
Midwifery Today has started a book publishing section called Motherbaby Press. The first book we published is called Placenta: The Gift of Life by Cornelia Enning. The book covers placenta rituals from around the world and the history of placenta remedies used throughout the ages. It has 15 recipes for... Read More...
12 February 2008
Less Pain in Labor
The other day I took my young friend--whose birth I am helping with--to the birth center where she plans to have her baby. The midwife, while showing her the birth pool, stated that recent research show that women experience 70% less pain while birthing in water. I don't know if there is any way... Read More...
08 February 2008
Fighting Infection in Birth
Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) is another good reason to have your baby at home. It is rampant in hospitals. Our local newspaper reported recently that 90,000 Americans are sickened by this infection each year and almost 19,000 are killed by it. This is more people than are killed by AIDS... Read More...
02 February 2008
Birth Stories Needed
Can anyone help Hannah collect birth stories? Here is her request: My name is Hannah Hastings and I'm a senior at College of the Atlantic working on my senior thesis. The purpose of this project is to collect childbirth stories and develop a comprehensive overview of women’s experiences of pregnancy... Read More...
02 February 2008
Cytotec and Tradtional Midwives
I have been emailing with friends about the idea of putting cytotec into the hands of traditional midwives for hemorrhage control after birth. To my friend slightly edited: "But you know how it will be used. Many traditional midwives in Mexico use pitocin in labor. Sad but true because I love what... Read More...