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Midwifery Today Issue Number 87 (Autumn 2008) Natural Remedies
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Theme: Natural Remedies

With technology and pharmaceutical remedies having taken over birth, natural remedies are often forgotten. In this issue we share a variety of natural remedies that can help make birth better. Included are herbs, chiropractic, humor, naturopathy, homeopathy and massage. As an added bonus, this issue also contains a thought-provoking article by Michel Odent on the origins of the language of birth and the negative impact such words can have on women.

Articles in this issue include:

  • The Power Belongs to Motherbaby, by Jan Tritten. While herbs and other remedies have their use in pregnancy, we need to remember that it's the women and their babies who actually do the birthing.
  • Marion's Message: Natural Healing, by Marion Toepke McLean. Marion discusses three common herbs that are useful in childbirth.
  • Thinking Like an Herbalist, by Janice Marsh-Prelesnik. A short course in the action and uses of herbs, with a focus on comfrey.
  • Being the Quiet Midwife/Doula in the Corner, by Ana Paula Markel. Sometimes the best remedy for a couple having a baby is to be left alone.
  • Craniosacral Therapy in the Midwifery Model of Care, by Kara Maia Spencer. Learn about craniosacral therapy and how it can be used to prevent and health birth trauma.
  • A Healthy Baby Isn't All that Matters, by Christy Fiscer. Often a cesarean birth can have a long-term negative effect on a woman. Christy Fiscer describes her personal journey following a misguided cesarean and intensive care hospitalization of her son.
  • Supporting Pregnancy with Massage Therapy, by Carole Osborne. Birth care providers have a variety of tools at hand, one of which is massage. This article discusses how massage can be used during pregnancy and postpartum, and how to go about finding a practitioner with expertise in the perinatal period.
  • Herbal Applications, by Demetria Clark. A primer of herbal applications, methods for preparation, indications for use and practical recipes and tips.
  • Naturopathic Modalities—Their Role in Achieving Positive Birth Outcomes, by Lisa Doran and Nora Pope. Naturopathic medicine and midwifery go hand in hand, and some naturopaths are going on to obtain the specialized designation of naturopathic midwife. This article also covers the principles behind naturopathic midwifery.
  • Touched a Nerve, by Linda Magid. A unique story of how a Maori healer helped the author prepare her mind for birth.
  • When Homeopathy Works Too Well, by Diane Gregg. Tales of births from a midwife with a passion for homeopathy.
  • The Good Guys—A Happy Little Secret, by Joni Nichols. The "good guys" are doctors around the world who are practicing in ways that are congruent with midwifery, or are eager to learn. Joni Nichols focuses on two such doctors.
  • Traditional Midwives and the Fight against Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa, by Sudy Storm. Malaria is the most significant and widespread of tropical diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sudy Storm shares the impact of this deadly disease and what midwives can do to fight it.
  • Traumatic Birth Leads to Creation of Birth Networks in India, by Ruth Malik. The author shares how her birth experiences in India led her to create Birth India, a birth network that aims to promote the benefits of natural childbirth and best practices to achieve normal birth.

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