Global Midwifery

Mother on Mother Violence

I had a very interesting conversation with a fellow student this past weekend about the causes of problems in maternal health around the world.  As we discussed this, I shared my concern that there was a general lack of respect for women

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Midwife on Midwife Violence

My first experience with midwife on midwife violence was when I was training as a childbirth educator.  The program I chose considered themselves the best and had no problem sharing that fact. I was young and nieve in the ways of birth,

Birth Professionals

Reading Room

Saturday Morning, time to catch up on your reading.  Here are some good reads from this week: The Navelgazing Midwife shares the proper technique for obtaining the correct blood pressure for obese clients. Public Health Doula dives into a new public health

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What is a Midwife? Part Three

We have looked at the accepted definition of a midwife, and we have looked at the philosophy that rejects that definition.  I want to finish this series by introducing you to the way I will be using the term midwife on this blog.

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The Violence Continues

I saw a series of articles from the NYT today. Warning, there are no photographs, but the articles deal with mass rapes. Here is the first, from earlier this week: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/world/africa/24congo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss And the second from today: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/africa/26congo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss War and violence have been

Advocacy, Global Midwifery

Film about Birth in Tanzania

Check out this video from the White Ribbon Alliance about birth in Tanzania. If that doesn’t work, follow this link: http://www.whiteribbonalliance.org/resources.cfm?a0=video&play=PLAYYOURPART

Paths to Midwifery

What is a Midwife? Part Two

If you did your homework yesterday, you now know what laws regulate midwifery where you live or where you hope to practice as a midwife. You may have discovered it is not as difficult as you anticipated, or you may have discovered

Paths to Midwifery

What is a Midwife?

The first topic to explore is the meaning of the word “midwife.”  What does it mean to be called to midwifery? We could take the internationally accepted definition from the International Confederation of Midwives: A midwife is a person who, having been