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Reposted from: Maternal Health Task Force Blog (MHTF.org) Midwives Can Significantly Reduce Maternal Mortality But Need Support Posted on May 5, 2016 By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health In honor of International Day of the Midwife, I sat down with Rima Jolivet, our Maternal Health Technical Director, for insight into her […]

Midwives – Leading the Way With Quality Care At a key moment when maternal/child health, morbidities, and mortalities are being discussed in national health care arenas, birthing people and midwives are not being included in those discussions. The abhorrent maternal and infant mortality rates in the U.S. were recently discussed at a panel at the […]

A Practitioner Perspective: Traveling Through Time to Normal Birth September 2011 Journal BIRTH

by faithgibson April 1, 2018

A Practitioner Perspective: Traveling Through Time to Normal Birth Faith Gibson, LM, CPM Faith Gibson is a former labor and delivery nurse, a professionally licensed midwife in private practice, and member of the California Medical Board’s Midwifery Advisory Council. Address correspondence to Faith Gibson, LM, CPM, 3889 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California 94303, USA. Email […]

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Introduction to a series on the book: Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth, published 1914

by faithgibson February 17, 2018

https://tinyurl.com/y8pgewkg As a long-time student of the history and practice of obstetrical medicine in the US, my discovery of this 1914 book Dr. J. Whitridge Williams — Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth — was (and still is) my most important breakthrough. This out-of-print book only became available in modern times after being scanned […]

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The Obstetrical Standard of Care in the US – Historically Illogical, Fundamentally flawed

by faithgibson February 11, 2018

The Obstetrical Standard of Care in the US – Historically irrational, fundamentally flawed As currently configured in the US, the medicalized model makes it virtually impossible for obstetrically-trained birth attendants to use physiologically-based methods. Physiological management is not the ‘customary’ practice of those trained in the surgical specialty of obstetrics and it is not taught […]

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