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  • Editorial: Here We Go Again - by Jan Tritten
    Another attack on homebirth and traditional midwifery comes, once again, from a very persuasive source - The Lancet medical journal. Within what seems like a good idea upon cursory review - establishing midwife-run birth centers around the world - comes another imperialistic onslaught...
  • Editorial: Healing in Mexico - by Jan Tritten
    We began the Oaxaca, Mexico, conference with an exercise in global healing. Marina Alzugaray and Yeshi Sherover Neumann created the idea of splitting our group of about 275 people into "conquered" and "conquerors."
  • Editorial: From Russia with Love - by Jan Tritten
    When the lovely young couple who publish Home Child magazine in Russia joined us last year at our Copenhagen conference, I had no idea that this meeting would birth such amazing ideas and start to shake up the birth movement on an international level.
  • Editorial: Kitty Breastfeeding - by Jan Tritten
    Why don’t cats have breastfeeding problems? If we answer this we might have an answer to human breastfeeding problems. When Momma Cat had her babies—see last issue’s editorial—they began breastfeeding even before the other babies were born.
  • Editorial: Birth Is a Human Rights Issue: A Movement - by Jan Tritten
    Editor in chief Jan Tritten comments on the recent witch-hunt in Europe and on the state of motherbaby rights around the world, calling all natural birth practitioners and supporters to protect birth as an inalienable human right.
  • Editorial: Education Priority Check - by Jan Tritten
    Your love of women, babies, families and each other needs to be your focus. You are answering a calling, one of service, not one that is self-serving.
  • Editorial: Hands-On Care - by Jan Tritten
    Look at your hands. These hands are holy-ordained by God to receive babies. What is the substance of this divine trust? What is the responsibility? Midwife, partera is a high calling.
  • Editorial: Two Important Keys: Autonomy and Working Together - by Jan Tritten
    Is our profession a barrier to instinctive birth? Are we, whose calling it is to protect and care for motherbaby in the birth year, actually forming a barrier? If so, how do we change our profession to meet the real needs of women in pregnancy and birth?
  • Editorial: Take Birth Back - by Jan Tritten
    The colonizing countries dominated birth with destructive medicalization at a time when Western powers were decimating cultures. Medicalization rode on the wave of imperialism. This force is still going today and is an effective tool used against normal, instinctive birth.
  • Editorial: Love that Protects - by Jan Tritten
    As childbirth attendants, we must vigorously protect the birthing woman and her baby against wrong information, overly interventive technology, a convoluted system of law and medical ignorance that fuel interventive technology, and individuals who do not have her best interests at heart.
  • Editorial: To Learn to Grow - by Jan Tritten
    Feeding the heart of midwifery through support, good counsel, and continuing education has always been the end goal of our efforts at Midwifery Today.
  • Editorial: One Birth, One Woman at a Time - by Jan Tritten
    There are little things we can do each day, just by being who we are. Wear a shirt or earrings—or carry a bag—with a birth saying or image on it that leads to dialog about midwifery or birth.
  • Editorial: Misplaced Fear - by Jan Tritten
    I find it fascinating that women are afraid of the wrong thing when it comes to birth. They are afraid of birth when it is what they are perfectly designed to do. The thing they should be afraid of is whom they put their trust in and where they birth.
  • Editorial: A Knowledge Base Fit for All Midwives - by Jan Tritten
    The question we must ask ourselves is this: Can a midwife survive a medicalized education and still come out an authentic midwife?
  • Editorial: A Trip to the Tropics - by Jan Tritten
    Marina Alzugaray and I went to the Bahamas on our way to the Trinidad International Confederation of Midwives conference to check into doing a Midwifery Today international conference there in September 2005.
  • Editorial: Midwifery Today: Past and Future - by Jan Tritten
    Midwifery Today is 18 years old this year. I like to reflect deeply at special milestones. To me, the beginning of the year is always a time of intense planning for the future and pondering where we have been.
  • Editorial: International Networking - by Jan Tritten
    Here at Midwifery Today, we have been working hard on our country contacts. The goal is to have a contact person or persons in every country of the world.
  • Editorial: Mexico, An Engaging Country - by Jan Tritten
    My first trip to Mexico was to plan our long-dreamed-of conference in this enchanting land. We met wonderful people in Oaxaca with a real willingness to help make this conference a reality. We met traditional midwives Mercedes and Antonia. Mercedes has been a midwife for 50 years.
  • Editorial: Inclusiveness, The Essence of Midwifery - by Jan Tritten
    We will look back someday and say, "We had a legendary meeting at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) meeting in Vienna in April 2002." It was not a sanctioned meeting but one where we discussed issues many midwives have been concerned with.
  • Editorial: ICM and Hemorrhage - by Jan Tritten
    The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) recently made a clandestine and potentially dangerous decision about midwifery practice.
  • Editorial: How Do You Feel About Giving Up Your Freedom? - by Jan Tritten
    I was shocked at this quote by Beverly Beech in the British Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services...
  • Editorial: Enlisting Change Around the World - by Jan Tritten
    Since founding Midwifery Today magazine in 1986, I have had an interest in international midwifery. I have always had the feeling that the keys to helping and understanding the birth process would be found all over this marvelous globe with its many cultures.
  • Editorial: Fathers Who Were Abused - by Jan Tritten
    Jan discusses how midwives can help with a problem that is rarely discussed: the impact of becoming a father on men who were abused.
  • Editorial: Who Are the Statistics? - by Jan Tritten
    Listening to Mothers II survey covers statistics on the frequency of various birth interventions. Editor Jan Tritten puts a face on the women and babies behind these statistics and argues that we need to stop interfering in birth.
  • Editorial: Waiting Can Be So Hard - by Jan Tritten
    Jan Tritten reflects on second stage complications and the midwife’s role. Sometimes patient waiting, tempered with wisdom of when, and how, to act is the safest, healthiest way to bring new life into the world.