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Students or beginning midwives who are not yet able to accurately interpret what they are feeling during palpation may enhance their mental imagery by using a water soluble marking pen to trace the shapes of fetal parts they are feeling onto the mother's abdomen. This gives a visual as well as tactile picture of size and position of the baby. Of course, make sure the mother feels comfortable with this procedure.
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Doulas have an especially important role in changing birth practices, both one birth at a time and as a presence in the larger birth movement. With the exception of a brave few, midwives have not been able to infiltrate the hospital system. Doulas are reaching many spaces in birth care that we cannot. Doulas help more women have good births and motherbaby needs them.
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— 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.
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Updated Systematic Review of the Effects of Continuous Labor Support
An updated, systematic review of the effects of continuous labor support was recently published in The Cochrane Library. The updated review adds new data to a controlled trial research review on continuous labor support published in 1989. The purpose of the review was to assess the effects of continuous, one-on-one labor support on both mothers and babies.
The review found that women who received continuous support during labor were more likely to have shorter labors and to give birth spontaneously. They were less likely to have a cesarean, give birth with a vacuum extraction or forceps, have analgesia or anesthesia and tended to express less dissatisfaction with their experience. Care providers who were not a part of the birthing mother's social network, or a part of the hospital staff (in cases of hospital births), seemed to have the most impact on assessed outcomes.
When the time came for Rebecca to push, it wasn't determined by someone coming in and checking and declaring, "Okay, you are fully dilated. Time to push!" Instead, she transitioned into the birthing tub, moved around and investigated ways that best suited her needs. Soon, the urge to push just appeared. Without instructions, bright lights, counting or commotion, Rebecca found a way to push her beautiful baby girl out into the world.
This particular birth experience revealed to me not only a different side to birthing, but a different perspective of the doula's role. Normally, a big part of my job is to help the couple negotiate with the hospital staff and explain the basic risks vs. benefits of different interventions. This time that aspect was removed and one of my main contributions was to just watch and be present. I stepped in when Rebecca needed a gentle touch, a hand to hold or a soft voice to remind her she was perfect "as is." I stepped away when she didn't need me or when she and her husband needed time together. Rebecca's primal instinct was our true leader on this journey. And it led her and her baby well."
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Margaret Charles Smith caught her first baby when she was five years old, then went on to become one of the last great "Granny" midwives in the United States. Watch this DVD to learn about the woman Ina May Gaskin called a "national treasure." You'll be inspired by her courage, perseverance and motherwit. To Order
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Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from the brand-new issue of Midwifery Today, Spring 2011:
Our Decade of Change Excerpt: Another hopeful sign is that we are closer to reaching critical mass. When 15 percent of the people know the truth about birth and will tell their friends, then the whole world will know. How can we not have a violent society when the violence begins at birth?
Read these reviews from Midwifery Today, Autumn 2010, newly-posted to our Web site:
Optimal Pelvic Positioning —produced by BirthWorks International, Jean Sutton and Cathy Daub Excerpt: Cathy Daub shares some excellent tips on how to position the pelvis to allow the baby the easiest access through the pelvis during birth. From the best sitting postures to help baby stay in an anterior position, to the best positions for labor, moms-to-be can learn how to make birth easier. Sutton's wisdom and humor are the best things about the entire video. She's created so many wonderful visual aids that really convey the points she tries to make.
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— Jan Tritten
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— Maryl Smith "Traditional Mentoring," Midwifery Today, Issue 89
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