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Articles most recently posted from Midwifery Today magazine
- 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: 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: 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: 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: First, Do No Harm to Newborns - by Jan Tritten
Babies should be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and love. Their first birth minutes are their welcome to the planet. This is where they will first learn what being on earth is all about.
- Editorial: 30 Years and Still Going Strong - by Jan Tritten
Midwifery Today’s editor-in-chief celebrates MT’s 30-year anniversary by honoring 13 of the magazine’s most loyal contributors and gentle birth advocates.
- 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: Birth Is a Human Rights Issue - by Jan Tritten
It is important to realize that the health of the mother and baby are deeply dependent on what happens in pregnancy, birth and in the hours and months after birth. These are life-altering days often referred to as the childbearing year.
- Editorial: First Do No Harm - by Jan Tritten
Unfortunately, a new wave of technology and drugs has followed, and in our culture the use of drugs and high-tech procedures is considered innocent until proven guilty.
- Editorial: Drugs in Labor - by Jan Tritten
My soul is flooded with grief. My frustration overwhelms me. I cry for countless mothers and babies—for the births that could be. I am overwhelmed because I have felt the strong light of a powerful birth.
- Editorial: 20 Years of Carrying Out a Calling - by Jan Tritten
I was in the midst of writing a book about my homebirth practice when God said to me, "No, do a magazine for midwives." In 20 minutes He dictated to me the exact pattern and plan of Midwifery Today magazine.
- 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: Lessons from Kitty Birth: Using Placenta to Control Hemorrhage - by Jan Tritten
I went to a totally beautiful and undisturbed birth today. Five of them, actually! The mother had the most natural births as we looked on, not disturbing her but just being “with woman.” With woman—with kitty.
- Editorial: Birth Change - by Jan Tritten
One of my most important roles in my midwifery life is that of encourager. My desire is that you carry out the dreams given to you - and I know you have them. I delight in telling about people carrying out their dreams as a way, hopefully, to inspire you.
- Editorial: The Battle Is in the Mind - by Jan Tritten
We are mammals. Most mammals birth fine. So what happened to us? We used to birth fine. Women in "primitive" cultures birth fine. What happened to modern women?
- Editorial: Routine Active Management of the Third Stage - by Jan Tritten
Midwifery Today mother Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on the third stage and how it isn’t such a good idea for this part of birth to be routinely managed.
- Editorial: The Miracle of Homebirth - by Jan Tritten
Homebirth is the gold standard, God's standard, the highest standard of Birth possible. The uplifting feeling a mom gets, having birthed in her own power, is unlike anything else in the world.
- Editorial: Birth in 2050 - by Jan Tritten
What will birth be like 40 years from now? If everyone works together, writes editor-in-chief Jan Tritten, we can transform birth for future generations.
- Editorial: Bringing Good Birth to the Light - by Jan Tritten
We are in a profession that can give the greatest joy humankind has known—birth. In Spanish, birth is termed a more poetic "dar a luz," bring to the light. We, as midwives, need to bring to the light the truth about what childbirth can be.
- Editorial: Birth Is a Human Rights Issue - by Jan Tritten
...the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a landmark resolution acknowledging maternal mortality and morbidity as a human rights issue. The adoption of this resolution prods governments to "change the way they view maternal death..."
- 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: Waterbirth - by Jan Tritten
Mother of Midwifery Today, Jan Tritten, shares her thoughts and experiences with waterbirth.
- Editorial: Carry Out Your Visions and Dreams - by Jan Tritten
One of my most important roles in my midwifery life is that of encourager. My desire is that you carry out the dreams given to you—and I know you have them. I delight in telling about people carrying out their dreams as a way, hopefully, to inspire you.
- Editorial: Midwifing a Movement - by Jan Tritten
Jan's recent experience at the Baker Creek Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa, California, gave her a whole new appreciation of what some are doing to help change the world of food for the better. Her experience caused her to ponder things in the birth world movement; her musings are found in this article.