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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Holliday Tyson

Holiday Tyson

Holliday Tyson trained as a midwife in Britain from 1979-1982. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Thames Valley University in England. Holliday practiced midwifery in Africa, India and in rural and urban Ontario, Canada. Indeed, she was a founding faculty member of the Ontario Midwifery Education Program. Holliday has also been President and Registrar […]

Midwife Power

Midwife Power

By Nicky Leap If you look up the word “power” in the dictionary, you’ll come across some definitions that fit well within the concept of the “skilled companion” described by Professor Lesley Page and other midwives who expound a “woman-centred”, “woman-led”, “with woman” approach to midwifery. You will also find definitions of the word “power” […]

Nicky Leap

Nicky Leap

Nicky Leap is a midwifery activist, writer and speaker. She has worked in London for many years, specialising in home birth with disadvantaged women. Since becoming an Australian resident, Nicky has worked in a variety of projects at Flinders University (SA) and the University of Technology, Sydney. These projects promote woman-centred midwifery practice as well […]

Nitrous Oxide – No Laughing Matter

no laughing matter

by Andrea Robertson Nitrous oxide (often called ‘laughing gas’), in combination with oxygen (50% of each gas), has been in use for two centuries as a simple anaesthetic agent, and in obstetric care since the 1930s. It is the most popular form of anaesthesia in UK labour wards, where it is available in 99% of […]

Pain in Labour – Your Hormones are Your Helpers

Pain in labour your hormones are your helpers

by Dr Sarah Buckley Imagine this. Your cat is pregnant, due to give birth around the same time as you are. You have your bags packed for hospital, and are awaiting the first signs of labour with excitement and a little nervousness. Meanwhile your cat has been hunting for an out-of-the way place – your […]

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis, CPM, has been a midwife, women’s health care specialist, educator and consultant for over 20 years. Indeed, she is internationally active in women’s rights, and lectures widely on midwifery, sexuality, and women’s spirituality. Elizabeth served as regional representative to MANA for five years and was also President of MEAC. She is co- founder […]

Sarah Buckley

Sarah Buckley

Sarah is a NZ-trained GP, mother of four homeborn children and currently a full-time writer on pregnancy, birth and parenting. In fact she is author of the bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. Sarah’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth and parenting from the widest possible perspectives. This includes scientific, evolutionary, psychological and personal. […]

Breastfeeding Confusion?

Breastfeeding Confusion

by Andrea Robertson Muddled thinking about the concept of “informed choice” are impacting on effective breastfeeding promotion, especially in prenatal education. Many prenatal educators think that information on bottle feeding must be included in their programs to ensure that women have the opportunity to make a reasoned decision about infant feeding. Thus, details on “how […]

On Her Own Responsibility

On Her Own Responsibility

by Elizabeth Davis The struggle for independent midwifery in the United States Abstract The United States is the only country in the world that virtually eliminated the practice of midwifery. This took place around the turn of the century, when obstetrics became a profit-generating and male-dominated profession. Women could not acquire the requisite credentials because […]

Epidurals: Real Risks for Mother and Baby

Epidurals: Real Risks for Mother and Baby

by Dr Sarah Buckley Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one-third of all birthing women have an epidural1, and it is especially common amongst women having their first babies2. For women giving birth by caesarean section, epidurals are certainly a great alternative to general […]

Fish Can’t See Water

Fish Can't See Water

By Marsden Wagner (MD, MSPH) The need to humanize birth in Australia This paper was presented at the Homebirth Australia Conference, Noosa, Australia, November 2000 Humanizing birth means understanding that the woman giving birth is a human being, not a machine and not just a container for making babies. Showing women – half of all […]

Getting What You Want for Your Birth Experience

Getting What You Want for Your Birth Experience

by Doris Haire A good childbirth experience should be happy and gratifying, as well as safe. You are much more likely to have a good experience if you establish early a good communication with your doctor or midwife. Sometimes it is the expectant parents who must take the lead in establishing a rapport, but don’t […]

The Secret for Enabling Natural Births

The Secret for Enabling Natural Births

By Andrea Robertson I was recently asked to give a presentation at the Childbirth: Naturally event in Florence Italy (October 27 – 29, 2011). The full presentation is included in this article, as a slideshow. This was an event attended by approximately 130 midwives and obstetricians, and celebrated 20 years since the first event on […]

A New Approach to Prenatal Education

A New Approach to Prenatal Education

by Andrea Robertson Do you know how the current “accepted” approach to prenatal programs was determined? No? Well no-one does – it seems to have evolved many years ago, and has never been seriously evaluated. This raises some interesting questions: how do we know that the typical model of 6 sessions per series of 2 […]

Pregnancy Tests – A Vital Topic for Prenatal Education

Pregnancy Tests

by Andrea Robertson One of the important aspects of running an accredited training course is the responsibility inherent in making sure that our students are current with the latest research information regarding all aspects of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. These students will ultimately we working with expectant parents and those of us who lead this […]