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Category Archives: Midwifery

Midwifery in Australia is poised for a number of exciting developments, after years of struggle for recognition. Birth International has sponsored many visits to Australia by overseas speakers, all of whom have been instrumental in achieving change in their own countries so that women and babies have better birth experiences and the midwifery profession gains its rightful place in the health services.Their insights have provided direction and ideas for midwives in Australia, who have adapted and developed the new systems that will come into operation in 2010.

The following articles chart the progress of midwifery in a number of countries and also offer insights into midwifery practise and its impact on birth outcomes. A number of these articles were presented at an important series of seminars with the overall title of “Future Birth” that were sponsored by Birth International every two years from 1992 until 2009.

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]