November 21, 2012
Volume 14, Issue 24
Midwifery Today E-News
“International Issue”
Subscribe • Print Page
Search Archive • Index

Welcome to Midwifery Today E-News !


online holiday coupon pageSave up to $20 on your Midwifery Today order

Or save $5 on a Midwifery Today subscription for yourself or for a friend. Check out the Online Holiday Coupon Page to find out how, then take advantage of these great savings during the Holiday shopping season.



Midwifery Today Online Store

Learn about rebozo massage!

MT online storeThe Rebozo Technique Unfolded features detailed instructions for 10 techniques you can use during pregnancy and childbirth, including a way to use the rebozo with a birth ball. You’ll also learn a bit about the history of the rebozo, what kind of cloth makes a good one and how to take care of yours. The techniques are illustrated with black and white line drawings and the spiral-bound format makes it easy to keep the book open to a particular page. If you’ve ever wanted to try a rebozo, but didn’t know where to start, this is the book for you!
To order



This issue of Midwifery Today E-News is brought to you by:

Look below for more info!



Come weave together the art, science and spirit of midwifery!

Eugene conferenceCome to our conference in Eugene, Oregon, April 2013. You’ll learn from a great group of teachers, including Anne Frye (pictured), Patricia Edmonds, Sharon Evans, Carol Gautschi, Gail Hart, Sister MorningStar, Michel Odent and Gail Tully. Classes to choose from cover a wide array of topics, including a full-day Spinning Babies Workshop, a full-day on Mexican Traditions and Techniques and a two-day Midwifery Skills class. Plan now to attend!

Learn more about the Eugene conference.

In This Week’s Issue


Quote of the Week

“Childbirth being one’s most significant life passage, those close to us when we open to birth a baby will never be forgotten.”

Robin Lim


Do you like what you’re reading?
You’ll get even more content when you subscribe to our quarterly print magazine, Midwifery Today. Subscribe here.


The Art of Midwifery

If you think there are clots in the uterus but blood loss is not excessive, help the mother expel the clots herself when she goes to the bathroom, perhaps 45 minutes to an hour after birth. Ask her to sit on the toilet with legs far apart and stimulate the top of the fundus. If she feels cramping, there is probably a clot coming through the cervix. Have her continue rubbing the uterus. Soon, a big clot will plop out, the cramping will stop and the bleeding will be greatly decreased.

Marion Toepke McLean
Excerpted from “Expelling Clots,” Wisdom of the Midwives, Tricks of the Trade, Vol. II, a Midwifery Today book
View table of contents / Order the book


ALL BIRTH PRACTITIONERS: The techniques you’ve perfected over months and years of practice are valuable lessons for others to learn! Share them with E-News readers by sending them to mtensubmit@midwiferytoday.com.


Send submissions, inquiries, and responses to newsletter items to: mtensubmit@midwiferytoday.com.

RSS Feed Subscribe to the Web Updates RSS feed to stay on top of what’s new or highlighted on the Midwifery Today website. Be alerted when conference programs go online, new articles are posted and more.

Jan’s Corner

Around the World

In this international edition of E-News I want to share some lovely experiences Eneyda and I had in Europe in October. Our first stop was England in order to check venues for a future conference. While we were there we had the privilege of seeing our friend Sally Kelly’s hospital practice, thus renewing our faith in the possibly of having a lovely undisturbed birth in the hospital. She has a very special practice where women have the choice of waterbirth and many labor aids, such as balls and ropes. (We decided that Culford School would be an excellent place to hold a conference―it has been many years since Midwifery Today has been to England.)

After England we were off to the island country of Cyprus, or should I say “countries” because there are two very distinct countries within the bounds of the island. A midwife named Nabahat, who we had met at a conference in Turkey, invited us to stay with her in Northern Cyprus. We landed and made our way through the various checkpoints―the north and the south are very divided in Cyprus, but we found wonderful, caring midwives who want to make changes in their system for motherbaby. Birth there, as in so many countries, is riddled with interventions and cesareans. The need for change is apparent.

Nabahat took us into her home with amazing kindness and hospitality that touched us deeply. The northern part of the island is Turkish and the southern part is Greek, though both are independent. Nabahat put out beautiful Turkish breakfasts for us with as many as 20 or more delicious items to choose from. She introduced us to all of her extended family who lived nearby and we had lavish and lovely meals with them. We met a woman who confided to us how depressed she was after a forced cesarean. So many women are hurting all over this world by interventive and manipulated birth. The entire world is affected in ways it should not be. Birth can be beautiful and lead to a strong family bond if only we would apply gentle and safe birth practices globally. Our time with our dear friends there was so very moving for both Eneyda and I.

We also met with great midwives from the southern part of the island. They now have a midwives committee of nine midwives and are very ready to share and learn. They are committed to helping us bring a conference to Cyprus. Our goal with this conference would be to bring all midwives together from all religions for making birth better for families.

After four marvelous days and nights in Cyprus we were off to our conference in Germany where midwives from 27 different countries shared birth issues and skills with us. Besides the great conference, we spent many hours in the pools enjoying each other’s company. Next year we are headed to Belgium, and so we also worked on the program for that conference.

I came home for two days before heading to Hawaii to attend and speak at the Mid-Pacific Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. This conference, put on by Michel Odent and Heloisa Lessa, was top-notch, presenting the science of the horrendous birth practices and making us all aware of how we must change birth practices and follow Michel’s advice: “Do not disturb the mother.” His advice refers to labor and the immediate postpartum period. The baby belongs to the mother―keep them together. At Michel’s conference there were registrants from 57 countries, so we all returned home with many new friends from around this amazing world.

My friend Dorothy McKune, a midwife from South Africa, was also there. She and I were able to have our photo taken with Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama’s sister, who has written a lovely children’s book and was doing a book signing. (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005HKKOJA/midwiferytoday) She is a real sweetheart and teaches at the University of Hawaii. All in all, in this whirlwind tour of the world, I feel very satisfied and ready to be home writing these little messages to you via Facebook and E-News and hanging out with my beautiful family.

Toward Better Birth,

Jan Tritten, mother of Midwifery Today

Jan Tritten is the founder, editor-in-chief and mother of Midwifery Today magazine. She became a midwife in 1977 after the amazing homebirth of her second daughter. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. Meet Jan at our conferences around the world, or join her online, as she works to transform birth practices around the world.

Jan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jantritten
Midwifery Today on Facebook: facebook.com/midwiferytoday
Jan on Facebook: facebook.com/JanTrittensBirthPage
International Alliance of Midwives on Facebook: facebook.com/IAMbirth
Birth Is a Human Rights Issue: facebook.com/birthisahumanrightsissue
Midwifery Education: Caring and Sharing: facebook.com/MidwiferyEducation


advertiserTen Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Created specifically to support the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative™ in the United States, Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding is an essential course for educating your staff to promote successful breastfeeding. The course earns 24.4 CEUs for nurses and 24.4 L-CERPs for lactation consultants. Find out more and preview the course at: http://tensteps.jblearning.com



Featured Article

Country Contact Reports on Cesarean Rates

We recently asked our Country Contacts about this subject: “Tell us about the cesarean rates in your country. Are the rates different between cities and rural areas? Are there any steps being made to decrease this rate?”

Hungary

There are 75 maternity wards in Hungary (for 10 million people). The capital city of Budapest, the largest city in the country with two million people (surrounding cities have an extra half million, so 1/4 of the country lives in the Budapest area), has nine hospitals. The overall cesarean rate is 33%, and it is on the rise it seems. The capital has a cesarean rate of 36.5%; seven hospitals have rates over 33% and the other two hospitals have cesarean rates around 20%. Two rural hospitals in the country have the highest cesarean rates (55% and 52%). The lowest cesarean rates are found in a big Budapest hospital (19.7%) and in a small city hospital (19.5%).

There is a small group that is trying to find financial support for their campaign, which involves reducing the number of cesareans, but their plans are not yet in action.

— Gabriella Nagy


Belize

It is difficult to get reliable statistics, but in Belize I think the cesarean rate is between 35 and 40%. Inductions are no longer being done, so if labor hasn’t started, a woman automatically gets a cesarean.

I just talked with a lady yesterday. She was told her baby was big, and since she was not dilating, she needed a cesarean. Her due date was October 9 and she was told on October 4 to go to the hospital to have a cesarean within 48 hours. The lady did not want to go, but this kind of advice is given a lot.

Uninformed consumers believe the doctor is right and so our cesarean rate is rising. A lady had a cesarean because she was told she was carrying twins. She ended up with a cesarean and they found only one baby.

— Gail Johnson


China

Most hospitals in cities have a cesarean rate of over 50%; some rural areas have lower rates, between 30 and 40%. China’s ministry of health announced that a high cesarean rate brings harm to women’s health. They called for a reduction of cesareans and promoted natural childbirth, but it has had little effect.

— Mavis Chen


Sweden

These statistics are from 2008.

Overall cesarean rate in Sweden: 17.2%
The highest rate is in Stockholm: 23.2%
The lowest rate is in the city of Linköping: 10.2%

— Diane Sjögren


Promote Your Product or Service Here

advertiserFor as low as $95 per insertion for a text-plus-graphic ad, you can put your birth-related product or service in front of over 19,000 E-News subscribers from around the world. This is a great way to reach midwives, parents, childbirth educators, physicians, nurses, doulas and others interested in safe, natural birth.

Learn more here or contact our Ad Director at ads@midwiferytoday.com.



Featured Products

Give the gift of information!

You’ll save $5 per subscription when you order two one-year Midwifery Today subscriptions at the same time. And one of these can be your own renewal or new subscription! Subscribe. Midwifery Today Magazine

Womb with a  View Earrings

Beautiful jewelry is always appreciated!

The sterling silver Womb with a View Earrings make an elegant gift for both moms and midwives.

The lovely Baby’s Joy Earrings would make a wonderful gift for a nursing mom.
Baby's Joy Earrings
Any new mom will love these delicate Baby Earrings.
Baby Earrings

Carry a bundle of birth stories
on your smartphone or e-book reader!

Birth stories are fun to read and good to share. And now you can have 21 birth stories available anytime and anywhere, when you purchase and download Birth Stories, a collection of personal accounts from past issues of Midwifery Today magazine. These stories were written by mothers, fathers and midwives, and cover homebirth, hospital birth, twin birth, breech birth, VBACs and waterbirth.

Available on Amazon Or on Smashwords in a variety of formats.

book cover

Looking for a good appointment book for the New Year?
With Woman Appt and Resource Book The With Woman 2013 Appointment and Resource Book is just what you need. This handy spiral-bound book lets you record 15 months of appointments and is perfect for midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and lactation consultants. You’ll appreciate the reference guides and resources, the place for listing client information and the handy pocket in the back that can hold business cards or a gestational wheel. If you’re a student it can help you keep track of your prenatals, births and postpartum visits. Not a midwife? With Woman makes a great gift for someone who is.
 
To Order

Belly dance and pregnancy: a perfect pair!

Dance of the Womb book coverLearn how to do it with Dance of the Womb: A Gentle Guide to Belly Dance for Pregnancy & Birth. This 2-disk DVD set includes a 45-minute warm-up and six dance chapters that teach specific movements and their uses during labor. You’ll also see belly dance in practice during labor, as well as a beautifully filmed 50-minute homebirth documentary. To Order


Learn the foundations of beginning midwifery!

Beginning Midwifery Audio 4-CD Set

Our all-new Beginning Midwifery 4-CD Audio Set will give you vital information that will help you get a good start on your midwifery education. You’ll learn about woman-centered care, how a woman’s emotions can affect her birth and how to give your clients a head-to-toe physical. Also covered are intake forms, diet and the importance of drinking water. Speakers are Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, Carol Gautschi, Elizabeth Davis and Patricia Edmonds. This set would make a fine gift for an aspiring midwife.
Order the audio CD set.



Website Update

Midwifery Today on YouTube!

Please check out this YouTube video, part of our Birth Essentials series:
YouTube InaMay-1Ina May Gaskin on Risk Assessment for Breech Birth

In this video, Ina May Gaskin of The Farm Midwifery Center teaches in the Breech Birth workshop at the Midwifery Today Conference in Eugene, Oregon, March 2009. She describes frank breech and explains the importance of screening clients for breech birth.

Click here to view video. (You may wish to download the video first and then view it without streaming interruption.)


ed page graphic

Start or continue your midwifery education!

Are you an aspiring midwife who’s looking for the right school? Are you a practicing midwife who would like to learn more? Visit our Education Opportunities page to discover ways to start or continue your education.



Advertising Opportunities

Advertise with Midwifery Today Quarterly Print Magazine

With options ranging from classified ads to full page graphic ads, there is an option that is just right for your business. Ask about packages designed to fit your needs. [ Learn More ]

Midwifery Today E-News

Do you have a website? Does reaching more than 19,000 potential customers sound appealing? Purchasing an ad in Midwifery Today E-News, our biweekly e-mail newsletter, gets your message out and sends customers directly to your website. Each issue is archived and continues sending more customers in the future. [ Learn More ]

Advertise at Midwifery Today’s Eugene Oregon Conference

Midwifery Today’s 2013 conference “Weaving Together the Art, Science, and Spirit of Midwifery” will be an exciting opportunity to reach a targeted audience. Contact the advertising director for complete details: ads@midwiferytoday.com

Contact our Advertising Director at: ads@midwiferytoday.com
View more advertising options at: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/ads/


Magazine Matters: A Wise Decision

A Wise Decision

By the time you read this, the December issue of Midwifery Today will be on its way to the printer. We received so many fine articles on the theme of “Doulas.” Now we are beginning to focus on the Spring 2013 issue on hemorrhage. We have a wonderful group of contributors already lined up including Michel Odent, Sister MorningStar, Robbie Davis-Floyd and Robin Lim. We are so thankful for the natural childbirth advocates who submit articles and help to distribute important information all over the world through Midwifery Today. Since the next issue is of a clinical nature, it is sure to be filled with relevant and educational articles. With each edition of the magazine containing around 25 articles, it is a resource worth having. If you are not already a subscriber of the magazine, signing up for a year’s worth of issues might be a wise decision since it will enhance your knowledge in natural childbirth and keep you up-to-date and informed on midwifery information.

— Nancy Halseide, managing editor of Midwifery Today

Subscribe here.


Craving more birth info?
Subscribe to Midwifery Today magazine!


Stories

My husband and I woke up at 4:44 am when I thought my water might have broken. Ten minutes or so later, increasingly strong contractions confirmed that I was in labor with our third child. While my husband called friends and midwives, I climbed into the shower because I desperately wanted to shave my legs before everyone arrived. Shortly thereafter I called for my husband because the contractions hurt so much and said, “If I have to do this all day, they’re going to have to knock me out!” He went to make more calls and just a few minutes later I called for him again. He entered the bathroom, saw my face and cried, “Oh no! Don’t push!” I didn’t, but my body sure did!

At 5:15 am, as I stood in the shower, my husband carefully received the precious gift of the most beautiful baby girl. He called our midwife in disbelief. Everyone showed up about 20 minutes later. In the meantime, my husband laid me back in the tub and kept us nice and warm with towels. I’d had two good hospital births, but this, our first homebirth, was absolutely magical. I still smile every time I think about it.

— Amy Sir Louis


Classified Advertising

Give the gift of learning this Christmas. WONDROUS WOMAN: SPANISH FOR CHILDBIRTH is an elegant gift-boxed book and audio program written by the nationally-acclaimed speaker and author Susan Nadathur. http://susannadathur.com


The Morning Center is looking for a CNM to minister the gospel in a practical way to pregnant women in underserved areas of Memphis, TN. Contact elysse@morningcenter.org for complete job description and application info.


Best Start Birth Center, in San Diego, CA: Seeking Full-time CNM with Strong Clinical Skills, experience with Out-of-Hospital birth. Please see ad on our website: http://beststartbirthcenter.com/employment.html


Tell our readers about your business. Just $37/issue ($135 for four) gives you 30 words to promote your products or services. http://www.midwiferytoday.com/ads/enews.asp or ads@midwiferytoday.com


E-News Subscription Information

Remember to share this newsletter—it’s free! You may forward it to as many friends and colleagues as you wish—just be sure to follow the copyright notice.

Want to stop receiving E-News or change your e-mail address? Or would you like to subscribe? Then please visit our easy-to-use subscription management page.

On this page you will be able to:

  • start receiving any of our e-mail newsletters
  • stop receiving any of our e-mail newsletters
  • change the version (text or HTML) that you receive
  • change the e-mail address to which newsletters are delivered

If you have difficulty, please send a complete description of the problem, including any error messages, to our newsletter.


Learn even more about birth!

Midwifery Today Magazine—mention code 940 when you subscribe.

 1-Year Subscription2-Year Subscription
United States$55$105
Canada$65$125
All other countries$75$145

E-mail inquiries@midwiferytoday.com or call 1-800-743-0974 to learn how to order.

Or subscribe online.


How to order our products mentioned in this issue:

Secure online shopping

We accept Visa and MasterCard at the Midwifery Today Storefront.

Order by postal mail

We accept Visa; MasterCard; and check or money order in U.S. funds.

Midwifery Today, Inc.
PO Box 2672
Eugene, OR 97402, USA

Order by phone or fax

We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Phone (U.S. and Canada; orders only):  1-800-743-0974

Phone (worldwide):  +1-541-344-7438

Fax:  +1-541-344-1422


E-News subscription questions or problems

Editorial submissions, questions or comments for E-News

Editorial for print magazine

Conference

Advertising

For all other matters

All questions and comments submitted to Midwifery Today E-News become the property of Midwifery Today, Inc. They may be used either in full or as an excerpt, and will be archived on the Midwifery Today website.


Midwifery Today E-News is published electronically every other Wednesday. We invite your questions, comments and submissions. We’d love to hear from you! Write to us at: mtensubmit@midwiferytoday.com. Please send submissions in the body of your message and not as attachments.


Disclaimer

This publication is presented by Midwifery Today, Inc., for the sole purpose of disseminating general health information for public benefit. The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Midwifery Today, Inc., does not assume liability for the use of this information in any jurisdiction or for the contents of any external Internet sites referenced, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advertised in this publication. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician, nurse or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.

Copyright Notice

The content of E-News is copyrighted by Midwifery Today, Inc., and, occasionally, other rights holders. You may forward E-News by e-mail an unlimited number of times, provided you do not alter the content in any way and that you include all applicable notices and disclaimers. You may print a single copy of each issue of E-News for your own personal, noncommercial use only, provided you include all applicable notices and disclaimers. Any other use of the content is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission of Midwifery Today, Inc., and any other applicable rights holders.

© 2012 Midwifery Today, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Midwifery Today: Each One Teach One!