January 2, 2002
Volume 4, Issue 1
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Happy New Year

We wish you a happy, prosperous and safe New Year--one filled with love and hope. My prayer is that you also find joy punctuated with laughter. Whether your mood is angry or happy, I ask you to consider yourself an agent of birth change. You know more about birth and how it should be than almost anyone else on the planet; I ask you to use that rare gift of understanding to help change the culture of childbirth globally for society and individually for the women around you.

Women and their babies are being robbed of what should be their most life-changing miracle. Our calling is to make childbirth as joyful and powerful an experience as it was designed to be. I ask you to look at your own sphere of influence and see what you can do. Talk with everyone you can. You will make a difference. Pass E-News on to more friends. Wear a shirt with birth images--they spark conversation. We have several shirts to choose from in our shopping cart. Write for your local paper, magazines or Midwifery Today publications. Speak in the schools, from nursery school to college--people need to know about midwives and doulas, natural birth and breastfeeding. There are many videos you can show to encourage communication and understanding.

Midwifery Today will be 16 years old next month, and we have many publications and products to help you in your quest toward changing birth. Join in the many things we are doing. The International Alliance of Midwives (IAM) is online. Conferences and our publications Midwifery Today, The Birthkit and Having a Baby Today rejuvenate you, give you hope and great ideas for change. Our Web site is designed to inform and inspire you, to help you make changes happen in the way birth is handled. Please help us in our calling to make birth the best it can be for each woman, baby and dad. You were born for such a time as this and so was I.

Jan Tritten

Learn more about birth change!

* Birth change audio tapes:

* Global Midwifery In the New Millennium (Issue 53):

* Birth Change (Issue 43):

* 26 Ways To Change Birth Globally - by Sara Wickham, RM

This action list of small things midwives can do to change societal attitudes toward birth and promote midwifery and the midwifery model was derived from some research I carried out a few years ago.
Read this article: www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/changebirth.asp

* Anthropological Perspectives on Global Issues In Midwifery - by Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D.

According to the international definition, a midwife is one who graduates from a program duly recognized in its jurisdiction. In the developing world, this generally means a two-year government training program. Read this article: www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/globalissues.asp


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