17 May 2009
Protecting Mother and Baby
I believe that midwives and doulas, despite their already large workload, have a duty to protect mother and baby. This role might not have fallen on us before such intense and dangerous interventions were used in pregnancy and birth. However, because of increasing misinformation, myth and medicalization... Read More...
14 May 2009
Trust me, It’s Safe! (Pregnancy and H1N1 influenza)
Pregnancy is now considered a risk factor for H1N1 influenza (formerly Swine flu), and consequently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has begun to advocate that pregnant women who develop symptoms of the flu take Tamiflu or Relenza. The intent is to avoid complications such as premature labor, pneumonia... Read More...
12 May 2009
Fear not; it is a miracle
One purpose of fear is to keep us from danger. Like a deer in the headlights, it we can be paralyzed by fear. Fear of birth is dangerous, because it can keep you from experiencing your miracle. Fears in pregnancy can also keep you from enjoying the life growing within. As you carry this miracle within... Read More...
06 May 2009
I Love Homebirth
When I had my first homebirth I looked at my husband Al and said, “I feel sorry for you. You can never do what I just did. You can never give birth. You can never bring a human body out of your body. It was THE most powerful, amazing thing I have ever done in my whole life.” Why would you... Read More...
28 April 2009
Dilation Checks: When Are They Necessary?
Why are we going in and up to check dilation when the baby is coming down and out? I wonder when we first started to invade the woman’s body in this way? Was it after World War II or the turn of the century? What about women who have suffered sexual abuse? What damage are we doing? What information... Read More...
21 April 2009
Midwifery Lumped with What?
I got this on a Google alert. Look at the activities that midwifery is lumped in with: The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - Portland,OR, USA The [Oregon Health Licensing] Agency oversees health-related boards and professions, including body piercing, tattooing, midwifery and sex-offender treatment. Is this... Read More...
14 April 2009
Decrease Costs of Health Care with Midwifery Care
I know how to cut costs in ways that no one seems to have discussed at the federal level. Healthy natural birth is the foundation for lifelong health. Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and potential heart disease are among the many conditions that are preventable or are greatly lessened by normal... Read More...
10 April 2009
Educate Young Midwives
I believe one of the richest and most fruitful undertakings we can accomplish is to educate and encourage our young midwives. At the Eugene conference this year we had an eleven-year-old and a nine-year-old who are dedicated to becoming midwives. This is an awesome gift to all of us. It tells us that... Read More...
07 April 2009
What is our Biggest Obstacle in Carrying out the Mission Midwifery Today?
Money has always been our biggest obstacle, but God has used that to guide me into where we are supposed to go. For instance, I would never have started doing conferences if we had been financially solvent. Despite our ongoing struggle with finances, here we are 23 years later: an excellent staff working... Read More...
01 April 2009
Belly Project
The B elly Project is the brainchild of Christy Christy Tashjian and Karen Rayne She is very excited to announce that in less than 24 hours 1300 vistors have been to the belly project site. Maybe you should check it out too. Jan Tritten Midwifery Today Read More...
31 March 2009
Why I Became a Homebirth Midwife and Midwifery Today Mother
The one thing that made me want to become a midwife was the birth of my first child. I was having a lovely, natural birth in the hospital. I was laboring wonderfully, loving it. When I got really going, at probably about 9 cm dilation, the staff came in to give me a saddle block. I said, “But I’m... Read More...
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28 March 2009
Brought to Earth by Birth - A Masterpiece of Birth Photography
Midwifery Today’s imprint, Motherbaby Press, is so blessed to have been chosen by Harriette Hartigan to publish her new book. What I wrote in her book is appropriate here: This book is potent. I suggest you take it to a quiet place without disturbance of phone, television or computer. Absorb its... Read More...
24 March 2009
On Childbirth Methods
Recently, Gail Hart and I were having an e-mail discussion on the many “childbirth methods.” This led to a decision to start a new one: a sort of “doing it her way” method. It will be the “Gail and Jan Method of Childbirth,” also known as, “She Did it Her Way... Read More...
21 March 2009
Vaccination Altercation
Who directs our health care—the care of our bodies and our children’s bodies? Why do some nurses believe that only they know what is best for kids? I ask these questions because recently a friend related her experience with her child and vaccinations. On the family’s first visit to... Read More...
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18 March 2009
How is your Prenatal Care? It’s All about Relationship.
Are you preparing for Childbirth or for Medical Intervention? What is the purpose of prenatal care? The most important thing we need is time to develop a relationship and gain trust in each other. One midwife I know who was doing an oral test for taking a test for certification in Oregon said, “Well... Read More...
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