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  • 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...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 03-31-2009
  • You Can Help Change Birth

    We all can work in many ways to change birth. To get some ideas about what you can do, read “26 Ways to Change Birth,” a Midwifery Today article by Sara Wickham. One of my favorite ways to plant seeds of change is to talk to people in the grocery store, on an airplane or wherever I am. I...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Donna on 02-13-2009
  • Midwifery in Uganda - Report from Marion Toepke McLean

    Marion, who you read about in my previous blog post , has shared this little picture of Uganda with us and also a lovely birth story. Midwifery Today sent Marion with a Doppler which was the piece of equipment the midwives wanted most. -Jan I'm greeting you from Soroti, Uganda, here on the high savannah...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 01-31-2009
  • Marion Toepke McLean, Certified Nurse Midwife

    "Marion delivered her first baby in Africa." Her husband, Fergus, called me to announce this touching news. Marion has volunteered in Afghanistan and now in Uganda. She is my very special mentor and a faithful writer for Midwifery Today from before its birth. It was in 1976 that I was touched...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 01-24-2009
  • Birth and Bio-Physical Profile

    My friend, who is a homebirth and birth center midwife, just had a round of Bio-Physical Profile problems. That is, some of her clients decided to step on the medical intervention train and have one, "just to see if their baby was all right." What that invariably does is start them on the,...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 01-20-2009
  • Feeding Your Family While on Call

    One of the great joys of my life is growing our food. I translate this into meals as I bring it in from the garden. It is ever so handy to have meals already prepared after working all day. When I was doing births I would just call my daughter and have her get, for instance, spaghetti sauce out of the...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 01-12-2009
  • Hope, Dream and Do - Are You Called to Midwifery?

    A new year is the perfect time to take stock of your life. Are you headed in the direction you want for your life? We as birth practitioners and activists are called to help motherbaby have the best birth possible. There are many callings within that theme. You may have a dream to be a doula or a midwife...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 01-02-2009
  • Three Cups of Tea

    I recently read the book Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time , by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. This is an unusual book for me to review in that it isn’t about midwifery or birth. It’s about a subject that I encourage people about as often as I can...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 12-17-2008
  • Role of Doulas

    Having both a midwife and a doula in a homebirth is nice. My midwife mentor and one of the column writers for Midwifery Today , Marion Toepke McLean, cautioned us early on that when midwives do too much labor support, our judgment of what is going on may be clouded. Sometimes labor is very long but very...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 05-09-2008
  • Survivor Moms: After the Birth

    Hi! Mickey Sperlich here, sitting in for Jan’s blog one more time. I was sharing with you about the forthcoming book “Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse.” In addition to the chapters on “Life before Motherhood”, “Pregnancy”, and “Labor & Birth”, we...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 03-09-2008
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