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  • 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
  • No More Palpation?

    I got a shock recently. My midwife friend told me that she explains to women that their doctor or midwife will palpate their belly in their prenatal visits to find the position of the baby, and the women look at her like she was from another planet. She said that she learned that doctors, especially...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 03-09-2008
  • Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing

    Hi! Mickey Sperlich here, sitting in for Jan again. I was telling you the story of how our book Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing came to be. As I said, there are 81 women whose stories form the basis for this book. Their stories are varied and rich, and span the time...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 03-05-2008
  • Survivor Moms Speak Out project leads to book due out soon

    Hi there! Jan asked me to contribute to her blog while she is traveling in South Africa. I am honored that Motherbaby Press is going to soon release our book, “Survivor Moms: Women’s stories of birthing, mothering, and healing after sexual abuse.” It is a collection of narratives of women survivors of...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 03-03-2008
  • 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...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 02-12-2008
  • 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...
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 02-08-2008
  • Jan is blogging at Midwifery Today

    Hi, I am trying really hard to understand all of this technology so I can blog with all of my birth friends. This is, of course, all to the point of trying to change birth ways for the better for mothers and babies and to make us better practitioners.
    Posted to Jan Tritten's Blog (Weblog) by Anonymous on 01-11-2008
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