Midwifery Today, Issue 105, Spring 2013

Issue 105: Hemorrhage
Theme: Hemorrhage
Cover photo by Sophia Williams
Sophia’s Special Deliveries

The theme of Midwifery Today Issue 105 is Hemorrhage. Though hemorrhage is commonly thought of as a deadly situation of third world countries, it is increasingly present within the US. The management of the third stage of labor has had an impact on the occurrence of this potentially life-threatening problem. The pages of this issue are filled with wisdom from some of the most knowledgeable minds on the subject, such as Robin Lim of Indonesia, French obstetrician Michel Odent and midwife Marlene Waechter. You will also enjoy reading midwife Sister MorningStar’s thoughts on midwifery education and an emotionally charged piece written by a midwife’s story of her arrest. As always, we want to thank you for your support of the magazine. Enjoy!


Poetry: Glory
Maddie Leonard-Rose
Jan Tritten
Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on hemorrhage. “The most important thing I can say about hemorrhage is, ‘Don’t cause one.’”
Marion’s Message: Hemorrhage in Childbearing
Marion Toepke McLean
A very useful article that presents poverty as one of the causes of hemorrhage.
In My Opinion: The Mama Gate
Celesta Rannisi
Author Celesta Rannisi shares her idea that perceives the mother as the passageway for her baby’s journey from Heaven to Earth.
More departments: Networking, Tricks of the Trade, Media Reviews, News, Classified Advertising, Calendar, Photo Album, Cards & Letters


Postpartum Hemorrhage in Bali: A Day at Bumi Sehat
Robin Lim
Midwife Robin Lim tells how the Bumi Sehat clinic strives to prevent postpartum hemorrhage by lessening what she calls “prenatal scare.”
Thinking Green
Marlene Waechter
In this truly enjoyable article, Waechter shares what she has learned about hemorrhage through her experiences as a midwife.
Preventing Postpartum Haemorrhage
Michel Odent
Internationally known French obstetrician Odent shares the importance oxytocin has on the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage.
Midwifery Education?
Sister MorningStar
In this thoughtful and compelling piece, Midwife MorningStar shares her thoughts on the future of midwifery education.
Susun Weed
As an expert of herbs, Susun Weed educates us on hemorrhage’s herbal allies.
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.
Madame Angelique le Boursier du Coudray: A Midwife of Enlightenment France
Jane Beal
This is another well-written historical account by professor and poet Jane Beal. This time her focus is the French midwife Madame du Coudray.
Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage by Respecting the Natural Process of Third Stage
Beth Anne Moonstone
“Previous to the delivery of the placenta, mothers need to be observed for changes in behavior and alertness and to judge blood loss. When everything is proceeding normally, it is best to wait and let the process happen naturally.”
AJOG against Homebirth
Judy Slome Cohain
Author Cohain wrote this important article in response to AJOG’s recent statement against homebirth.
Seven Hours Postpartum
Jenna Hull
Creator of the online magazine Mother Wit, author Jenna Hull shares her personal birth stories involving hemorrhage.
Allie Chee
Author of New Mother, Allie Chee discusses the importance of having support during the postpartum time.
Mercier Therapy Helps Infertile Women Achieve Pregnancy
Jennifer Mercier and Karen Miller
A particular therapy involving abdominal and pelvic work, and its success with previously infertile women, is discussed.
When I Was Arrested
Ireena Keeslar
The unfortunate story of a woman’s arrest. Her only “crime” was being a midwife.
Superfoods for Postpartum Hemorrhage Recovery
Ash Johnsdottir
A helpful article stressing the important role food plays in the recovery from a postpartum hemorrhage.
PTSD and Obstetric Violence
Ibone Olza Fernández
In this important read, childbirth trauma is discussed as the result of inadequate and/or violent obstetric care.
The Placenta Project: An Artful Birth-based Inquiry
Nané Jordan
Artist and midwife Nané Jordan speaks of her passion of the placenta and how this has resulted in a powerful and unique art project.

International Midwife

An Update on the Netherlands
Robbie Davis-Floyd, Marjolein Faber and Raymond De Vries
A well-written and thorough update on the current birth situation in the Netherlands.
Vicki Penwell
Overseas midwife Vicki Penwell shares her scholarship program and challenges other organizations and midwifery schools to join her in her efforts.