Public dissatisfaction with ‘business-as-usual’ obstetrics ~ push-back by public opinion that rejects information about normalizing normal childbirth Public dissatisfaction with childbirth practices first came to light in mid-1950s, after a popular women’s magazine published a ‘whistle-blower’ article by a Labor and Delivery nurse. As an eye-witness, she was reporting on the harm to mothers and […]

Editor’s Note: Obviously, this article on at-home care is not directly relate to community-based midwifery for healthy women with normal pregnancies choosing OOH childbirth services. However, it does address the increasingly dramatic changes in the social and medical role of acute-care hospitalization. Since the 1950s, the assumption in the US had been that anyone who […]

Midwives Can Significantly Reduce Maternal Mortality, But They Need Support

by faithgibson June 19, 2018

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 […]

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Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorders: A Critical Absence from the Cesarean Section Debate

by faithgibson June 12, 2018

Originally Posted on the Maternal Health Task Force on  May 8, 2018   Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorders: A Critical Absence from the Cesarean Section Debate By: Eric Jauniaux, Professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, EGA Institute for Women’s Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London; Johan Vos, Chief Executive, International Federation of Gynecology and […]

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International Day of the Midwife 2018: A Message from MANA President Vicki Hedley

by faithgibson May 4, 2018

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 […]

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