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Midwives

From Home Birth to Hospital: My Story of Fetal Atrial Flutter

Amanda Aguilar Shank | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Amanda Aguilar Shank

It was intense. It was also my initiation into a mysterious club called motherhood. As a close friend told me, having a child is like learning to live with your heart outside of your body. It is not always an easy transition.

Pregnancy Not-So-Blahs: My Story of Fetal Atrial Flutter

Amanda Aguilar Shank | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Amanda Aguilar Shank

I watched her little heart on the ultrasound for hours -- before and after her heartbeat resolved. I slept with a fetal monitor stuck to my belly and the sound of her heartbeat coming from a machine a foot from my head. I waited and hoped.

Years of Investments Finally Put Health Workers on the Global Stage

David J. Olson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

This kind of work -- building up frontline health workers and the systems that support them -- is a prerequisite for producing sustainable improvements in health.

Role of Midwives in Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan

Aziz Baig | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Aziz Baig

In developing countries like Afghanistan, midwives bring great hope to the tens of thousands of women who have no access to doctors or clinics.

Catherine Pearson

Review Finds Major Benefits To Seeing A Midwife

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents

More than 90 percent of births in the U.S. are supervised by doctors, but a growing minority of women rely on midwives to provide their primary care. ...

A Midwife's Road to the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Is Paved One Signature at a Time

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Akoshia Yoba

As a young girl growing up in Uganda, Esther Madudu knew she would dedicate her life to bringing babies into the world. Little did she realize, how...

The World Needs More Midwives

Esther Madudu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Esther Madudu

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies. An estimated that 350,000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths -- but training is prohibitively expensive for most women in the developing world.

Jonathan Odell Talks About Race, the Importance of Stories and The Healing

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

"The traditions of midwifery sustained the community during the grim days of slavery and Jim Crow. It was also a source of pride and identity through generations of African Americans, before being supplanted by the white medical establishment."

Midwives Are the Pillars of the Afghan Health System

Nancy Caiola | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Nancy Caiola

Up until recent years, Afghan women had been restricted to their homes under the harsh, unrelenting and punishing Taliban rule -- and, fearful for their safety, typically gave birth at home, without a skilled provider.

Introducing 'Barefoot Midwives'

Sheryl WuDunn | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Sheryl WuDunn

Since not everyone can visit a hospital, Edna now wants to take the hospital to the people by training a large cadre of "barefoot midwives" who will travel from village to village to offer their medical services.

The New 'Downton Abbey'

Erin Ruberry | Posted 12.02.2012 | TV
Erin Ruberry

The British import, which premiered in the U.S. on PBS Sunday night, transplants Downton's formula for success (British period drama with plenty of plot twists) from the English countryside in the early 1920's to a working class neighborhood in 1950's London.

Safeguarding Pregnant Women With Essential Supplies Produces a Positive Ripple Effect

Catharine Taylor | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Catharine Taylor

Healthy mothers have a powerful ripple effect. To save a mother is to save a family. And to save a family is to lay the foundation for stronger communities and more stable nations.

Every Voice Matters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

He doesn't run a large company, lead a government agency or record the music he so loves on a major label. But 8-year-old J.D. Malkin has quite a voice.

Dying to Give Life: The Paradox of Childbirth in the Motherland

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

A little over 100 years ago, childbirth was one of the leading causes of death for women in the United States. Since then, we have drastically reduced the numbers of maternal mortality.

Global Motherhood: Birth Freedom or Birth Totalitarianism?

Ina May Gaskin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Ina May Gaskin

A recent trip to Fort Worth and Dallas showed me a range of choices that I wish was available to every pregnant woman in the U.S.

Sea Change Is Another Chance to Visit the South

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Author Karen White keeps her stories in the South with her latest novel Sea Change. If you have enjoyed Karen White's books in the past then you will also enjoy this one.

For Baby's Sake, Women Considering Home Birth Must Plan and Heed Health, Safety Issues

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If you're a trend-watcher, there's an intriguing statistical uptick that's worth a second glance and it involves women, their health and where they're giving birth.

Half of Women Still Give Birth Alone or Without Skilled Health Care in Tanzania -- But We Can Change That!

Rose Mlay | Posted 07.04.2012 | Impact
Rose Mlay

2012-05-05-videopull.jpgOn International Day of the Midwife on May 5, our short film "What I Want Is Simple", is airing on national television and radio in Tanzania.

Midwives, a Crucial Part of Caring for the Women of Mexico

Dr. Rick Martinez | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Dr. Rick Martinez

This is a story about high infant and maternal mortality among indigenous women and their newborns. Part of this story is about how young women living in desperate situations learn to deal with those situations by helping others.

Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Limari Colon | Posted 03.26.2012 | Impact
Limari Colon

Giving birth to my child naturally was not about politics, nor adventure. It was about what was best for both of us. I felt the need to protect our first moments together, to bond, and as a result of following my gut, I acquired a purpose in life.

Eleanor Goldberg

Ricki Lake Delivers Maternal Health Awareness

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact

Ricki Lake may be best known for her for twirling to the top on "Dancing With The Stars," or for counseling her daytime guests for more than a decade....

In Praise of Midwives: Having a Baby Is Not an Illness

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Cronk

To the thousands of midwives who hold hands, comfort hearts, wipe tears, share smiles, and grow families, you have my undying respect and appreciation forever.

Use Of Midwives Rises, Challenging Illinois To Respond

Chicago News Cooperative | JESSICA REAVES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After three "really traumatic" hospital births, Alyssa Ruben was determined to have her fourth child at home. She hired a midwife, and eight months la...

Why Home Births Are Worth Considering

Melissa Cheyney | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Melissa Cheyney

If doctors and midwives could be willing to learn from and respect one another, women and babies in our country would benefit.

Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of...