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Midwifery Today Issue Number 93 (Spring 2010) Homebirth
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Theme: Homebirth

Deciding where and how to birth is a woman’s right. This issue examines the choice to birth in one’s own home and delves into issues that affect homebirth midwives and doulas. An extremely organized midwife gives tips on how to pack the perfect birth kit; another midwife asks, “Are we ready to standardize homebirth?” and an L&D nurse offers advice for turning the dreaded transfer from home to hospital into a more pleasant experience. We’ve also included a special section devoted entirely to homebirth stories.

Articles include:

  • The Question of Homebirth, by Sister MorningStar. In this potent essay about the power of natural birth. Sister MorningStar asks the question, “What happens if a woman follows her instincts and births where she wants to and with whom she wishes?”
  • Let Your Monkey Do It—A Doula’s Take on Homebirth, by Debra Flashenberg. A doula assists at her first homebirth and learns the true meaning of Ina May Gaskin’s saying, “Let your monkey do it.”
  • The Well-Organized Birthkit—“How Do I Ever Fit It All In?” by Regina Willette. Having a well-thought-out birthkit is crucial to any midwife’s practice. In this detailed article, Certified Midwife (and expert packer) Regina Willette helps you plan, pack and organize your birthkit, so you’ll arrive at your clients’ homes prepared and ready to go.
  • Hospital Transfers: Ease the Transition and Optimize the Experience, by Anonymous. When a homebirth is planned, transferring to the hospital can be a nightmare for the parents and the midwife. How can you help create a better experience for your client? In this article, a midwife-turned-L&D-nurse offers practical tips to ensure a smooth transition, and guides midwives through the ins and outs of hospital transfers.
  • What I Wish I Had Seen, by Kayce Pearson. A newly pregnant woman comes full-circle on her views about homebirth and urges others to share stories of loving, peaceful homebirths with their friends and families.
  • The Power of Story, by Sister MorningStar. “There are still midwives and mothers who know powerful stories. Who still live powerful birth stories. We must take courage and tell the stories....We must take courage and believe the stories,” writes Sister MorningStar in this lovely introduction to our special section of homebirth stories.
  • Bruno’s Birth Story, by Ada da Silva. Five weeks before her due date, a Washington State mother learns from her out-of-hospital midwives that they will be unable to care for her because her baby is breech. A decision to drive to Oregon, where midwives can assist breech births at home is made, but baby has other plans. In the end, the couple’s Oregon midwife assists via phone and Bruno is born butt-first at home, into his mother’s hands.
  • Late in the Game: How I Found a Midwife and Took Charge of My Birth Story, by Kelly Martin. A registered nurse discusses why she switched—at 37 weeks—from planning a hospital birth with an obstetrician to giving birth naturally, in a free-standing birth center with a certified professional midwife and a doula.
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by Michelle Vlad. After three hospital births, a mother discovers homebirth and gets the respectful, no-stress birth she’s been craving.
  • The System That Worked, by Jenna Hull. Pleased that her midwives were there to support her during two normal, physiological births at home, a mother discovers that, when things turned abnormal, the medical world was also there to care for her.
  • “Home Away from Home” Birth: Thinking Creatively for the Birth You Desire, by Krista Cornish Scott. What do you do when you don’t have a home for your homebirth? Faced with that exact dilemma, one new mother explores what it means to give birth in another person’s house.
  • Answering the Question of Homebirth, by Vanessa Manz. A doula in Pennsylvania becomes frustrated by her area’s persecution of homebirth midwives.
  • Don’t Risk Yourself Out of a Homebirth—Prevent Gestational Diabetes, by Amy V. Haas. A childbirth educator cautions that nutrition is the key to preventing gestational diabetes and having a healthy homebirth.
  • Nuchal Cords Are Necklaces, Not Nooses, by Judy Slome Cohain. Using research based on more than 180,000 births, Judy Slome Cohain investigates the medical myth surrounding nuchal cords and argues that practitioners should stop testing prenatally for cords wrapped around babies’ necks and, instead, treat nuchal cords as common, normal and safe occurrences.
  • Are We Ready to Standardize Homebirth? by Linda Lieberman. A paradigm shift in national health care is imminent. If traditional midwives want to be a part of it, argues Linda Lieberman in this provocative essay, they may have to be willing to temper their renegade spirits and make a few compromises.
  • My Journey into Planned Homebirth in Venezuela, by Fernando Molina. A Venezuelan doctor dedicates himself to attending homebirths in his country despite the obstacles thrown at him by government officials, other doctors and others who refuse to see past the accepted, technocratic model of birth.
  • A Bermuda Birth Story, by Jane Strutt-Izzard. A first-time mother describes the trials of having a homebirth in Bermuda, where homebirth is very rare and finding a care provider for a homebirth is nearly impossible.
  • A Midwife’s Tale of Homebirths in India, by Lina Duncan. A midwife shares two stories of homebirths in India, including her first-ever home waterbirth.

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