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  • Welcome!

    Hello and welcome to Midwifery Today's newest blog. My name is Donna Dolezal Zelzer and I've been the Marketing Director at Midwifery Today since 1993. I love my job - marketing is fun and it's great to be able to promote something I really believe in. Plus, I work with a great bunch of people! What I plan to do in this ...
    Posted to Toward Better Birth (Weblog) by Donna on 03-18-2010
  • Marion’s Update From Uganda

    Marion Toepke McLean, who has written Marion’s Message from Issue #1 in Midwifery Today is serving in Uganda for 2 months. She has retired from her job at Planned Parenthood but not from Midwifery Today! She is my mentor and my friend. Love, Jan Tritten I got to catch another baby. The midwife wasn't feeling real well, and the baby ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 02-11-2010
  • Birth is a Human Rights Issue

    I have thought a lot about “Birth is a Human Rights Issue,” possibly because of hearing so many brutal birth stories. We have been publishing Midwifery Today for 24 years, since 1986.  In those years of publishing birth and midwifery information many, many birth stories have come across my desk. There have been stories of ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 02-02-2010
  • Survivor Moms - Healing after Sexual Abuse

    Midwives are called upon to help each of their clients have the best birth possible. As many as one in three or four women have suffered sexual abuse or rape. The effects of such abuse often play out in the childbearing year, as well as in other aspects of a person’s life. In that the experience of giving birth has such great potential ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 11-10-2009
  • Your Birth

    This is what I want to say to every young woman in the world: your birth is the most important event in shaping your life as a mother. It is imperative that you be properly cared for, nurtured and, in this culture, educated. You need a loving midwife, because the effects of the birth year—positive or negative—will affect ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 10-06-2009
  • The Complexities of Birth

    A mother’s birth is first a physical event, but if the psychological aspect takes over it may be impossible for the birth to proceed as a straight-out physical event. In this case, the mind needs to be cleared in order to fall into the primal brain, where the birth works best. And then there are the physical realities of position, flexion, ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 09-22-2009
  • Working in the Same Community over Time

    In our birth practice, we always had so much trouble saying goodbye to the mothers we served. You know how accustomed you get to seeing them weekly, by the end of the pregnancy? Prenatal visits often happened with a lot of laughing and information flying, blended with the seriousness of the most important passage in a mom’s life. I have been ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 08-25-2009
  • Health Care Needs Midwives

      Midwifery is the answer to the question, “how can we afford national health care?” If every motherbaby were attended by a non-interventive but knowledgeable midwife, a national health care program would save billions of dollars on the four million births that occur in the US each year. Imagine the cost savings on drugs, ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 08-11-2009
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM) Declaration

      I was horrified when I read the American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM) declaration of opposition to federal recognition for the CPM, or Certified Professional Midwife. One of my most recent blogs was on unity within the midwifery profession, and was written before this declaration came out. I had wanted to write something on this ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 08-05-2009
  • What is a "Real" Midwife?

    Guest Post by Lynn Baptisti Richards (Lynn Baptisti Richards, BS, Ed, LM, is a performing and visual artist, a midwife and a writer.)   I thought I was the only one (or nearly the only one) who feels that midwives have been sold a load of crap. The desperate need for us to be legally safe from prosecution produced a co-option of ...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 07-07-2009
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