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- Ultrasound: More Harm than Good? - by Marsden Wagner
In assessing the effectiveness of ultrasound in pregnancy, it is essential to make the distinction between its selective use for specific indications and its routine use as a screening procedure.
- Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism - by Caroline Rodgers
...figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed what too many parents and educators already knew: The incidence of autism is high, making it an "urgent public health issue," according to [the] director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
- Ultrasound: Prematurity and Potential Risks - by Beverley Lawrence Beech
For its prevalent usage, ultrasound has been enormously under-researched. Written by the honorary chair for AIMS, this article is a useful step towards filling the lack of research and data on ultrasound.
- Ultrasound: Weighing the Propaganda Against the Facts - by Beverley Lawrence Beech
As a result of decades of enthusiastic marketing, women believe they can ensure the well-being of their babies by reporting for an early ultrasound scan and that early detection of a problem is beneficial for these babies.
- Prenatal Ultrasound Does Not Improve Perinatal Outcomes - by Judy Slome Cohain
Author Judy Slome Cohain demonstrates how lifestyle changes do more to improve birth outcomes than prenatal screening tests.
- Technology in Birth: First Do No Harm - by Marsden Wagner
Cesarean section can save the life of the mother or her baby. Cesarean section can also kill a mother or her baby. How can this be?
- Editorial: Professional? - by Jan Tritten
What is a professional? How do we become professionals who serve women instead of ourselves? Is it possible?
- The Ties that Bind - How Belief Creates Birth Realities - by Kim Wildner
Women believe that birth is a dangerous medical event. The fact is that normal birth is safer than many things we do each day without a thought.
- VBAC and Choice: Many Questions and a Few Answers - by Nancy Wainer
When I agreed to have a cesarean, was I really making a choice? First of all, I, the chooser, was not truly informed; second, my doctor lied to me. Third, my insurance company limited my choices in many ways.
- A Butcher’s Dozen - by Nancy Wainer
VBAC. A victory and a relief for most of the women who have one. A deep and generous healing for many of them. And still, very much a sham, because most of the women never really needed to be cut in the first place, so they didn't really need to be VBACs after all.
- The Enduring Qualities in Midwifery - by Elizabeth Davis
As midwifery is poised to go mainstream, we must be very clear on our foundation: What is essential to our work, and what is momentary or temporary? In other words, what about midwifery has endured, and what must endure if we are to continue to provide what women want when they seek midwifery care?
- The Role of Fear in the U.S. Birthing Process - by Colleen Bak
The once natural event of female-centered birth has effectively been medicalized. Power and control have been removed from midwives and women and shifted to science and the surgical specialization within medicine, today known as obstetrics.
- Birth in India: One Chosen Perspective - by Diane Smith
I tiptoed my entry in to India carrying within a latent, hidden familiarity with her people and culture. I was bringing with me my acquired midwifery skills and an aspiration to follow my resonance with birth as a life event that stands outside of the modern medicalized model.
- Time in a Bottle - by Beth Bailey Barbeau
Considering the fast-paced nature of modern American culture, perhaps it's not unexpected that the issue of time is having a never-before-seen and increasingly disastrous effect on pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery.
- Suspect Diagnoses Come with Biophysical Profiling - by Gloria Lemay
Many North American women are being told at the very end of their pregnancies to go to an ultrasound clinic and have a biophysical profile done. They will probably not be told that there is no scientific basis for having faith in the test results...
- The Tree and the Fruit - by Michel Odent
If you have on your shelf the English version of the book, titled History of Childbirth: Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern Europe, you will miss the analogy transmitted by the original title and the importance of the pages on the history of beliefs about the duration of pregnancy.
- Editorial: Babies Have Rights, Too - by Jan Tritten
Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on making the rights of the baby a part of the “Birth Is a Human Right” initiative.
- Editorial: Out of the Pot, Into the Fire - by Jan Tritten
You don't control, coach or manage a physiological process. What really is the midwifery model of care? Is it what midwives really practice?
- Choose & Lose: Promoting Cesareans and Other Invasive Interventions - by Marsden Wagner
After more than a decade of trying to bring down the number of c-sections, some obstetricians are now reversing themselves and promoting more of them. In fact, a growing number of American obstetricians now urge women to “choose” a cesarean even when there is no medical indication that they need one.
- The Assault on Normal Birth: The OB Disinformation Campaign - by Henci Goer
We seem to have spent the last few years reeling from assault after assault on the concept of normal birth. Have you wondered, as I have, what is going on? This isn't a matter of chance; it's a concerted effort.
- Providing Effective Prenatal Care: Focus on the Vision - by Judy Edmunds
Conceptualizing the ideal outcome is an essential first step in providing effective prenatal care, as it helps determine which subsequent actions will support (or detract from) the realization of your aspirations. [Then] Working backward..., form intermediate goals and step-by-step plans to reach them.
- A VBAC Primer: Technical Issues for Midwives - by Heidi Rinehart, MD
Women pregnant after a previous cesarean section have special needs and concerns.
- Healing Through Homebirth - by Cynthia Luxford
I met Jill in January. She knew she was pregnant, but not how far along she was. She had experienced a recent episode of bleeding that lasted for weeks. Without giving her any diagnosis of what was causing her bleeding, the physician had treated her with birth control pills and pain medication.
- 7 Steps toward Cesarean Prevention - by Judy Edmunds, CPM
I feel confident that at least most of the cesareans I have been associated with were actually necessary, many even life-saving. Yet looking back over my practice, I can easily pick out scores of women who surely would have had cesareans had they chosen care elsewhere.
- Editorial: Technology: Stemming the Tide - by Jan Tritten
Technology can make take away the beauty of birth, when used unnecessarily. Editor Jan Tritten argues that midwives are in a position to change the tide of unnecessary technology, using the evidence that is accruing.