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Penny Simkin to Receive Honorary Degree from Bastyr University

Penny Simkin to Receive Honorary Degree from Bastyr University: The mother of modern childbirth education to be honored June 20th May 15, 2011 10,000 people. That is the size of some small towns or universities. In her career, one amazing woman has helped prepare that many women, couples and siblings for childbirth. For this and her numerous other achievements, Bastyr University will confer an honorary degree upon Penny Simkin, PT. Simkin, the namesake for Bastyr University’s Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations, is a physical therapist who has specialized in... read more

Retreat for Pregnant Women and New Moms!

Join me for a Mindful Motherhood retreat in O’Keefe Country – the high desert of Northern New Mexico! Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year June 20-26, 2011 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico Based on research on the benefits of mindfulness training for pregnant women and new moms this retreat is for pregnant women, moms of all ages, and professionals who want to incorporate mindfulness into their work with mothers. Bring your kids! Fabulous children’s program, and afternoons free... read more

Podcast Episode 8: Baby Names: What goes into the making of a moniker?

What’s in a name? There are few things as personal as naming your child. This article takes a look at some naming traditions past and present and provides some tips and ideas. This is an audio recording of the article Name That Baby by Wendy Ponte that appeared in Mothering magazine Sept-Oct 2010. Subscribe to Our Podcast Listen Now   About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We... read more

The Lifesaving Midwives of Tham Hin

Thank you to the International Rescue Committee for providing this guest post. Photos and text by Peter Biro/The IRC. Please find more information, and opportunities to help, here. Nestled deep in the hills of Western Thailand, the Tham Hin refugee camp is a patchwork of bamboo huts housing nearly 8,000 people. Most of the camp’s residents are refugees from Myanmar who have fled war and upheaval in their homeland and have lived in the camp for years, or in some cases, decades. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is the camp’s sole provider of health... read more

Mindfulness in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood: Why Now?

I’m working on a Mindful Motherhood online course, a meditation and yoga-based program for pregnant women and new moms based on our research project and book of the same name, and was asked to come up with a list of “frequently asked questions” about how mindfulness relates to pregnancy and motherhood. I’ll post the FAQ questions and answers here as they are edited…they provide a nice little introduction to mindfulness during pregnancy and early motherhood. (P.S. Join me for the next Mindful Motherhood workshop, June 2011, in the high desert of New... read more

Dancing with the Midwives: A Memoir of Art and Grief from Ann Faison

We’d like to share with you a  new book, “Dancing with the Midwives: A Memoir of Art and Grief,” from Ann Faison. Read more about the book here. About the Book: “Dancing with the Midwives: A Memoir of Art and Grief,” takes you through an intimate experience of grief that leaves you with a sense of the profound changes inherent in that process.  It is a personal story that carries a universal message:  That grief is difficult and challenging,  but ultimately good. The book is both art piece and memoir, in which Faison embraces the grieving... read more

The Story of Midwives Care: A Birth Center in Cincinnati

By Elissa Y. SonnenbergIssue 106, May/June 2001 When Tricia Branson moved to Cincinnati from Michigan, she had two children, both of whom had been delivered with the help of midwives. She was surprised by how difficult it was to locate a midwife in her new town. She didn't know that Ohio certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) attend only 6 percent of births (compared to a national average of more than 9 percent) or that Ohio was the last state in the nation to allow CNMs, and all other advanced nurse practitioners, to write prescriptions. Branson's search eventually led her... read more

The Spiritual Midwife

By Ina May GaskinIssue 8 - 1978 The following discussion on spiritual energy is based on observations made at more then 750 birthings. We have found that there are laws of physics electricity or astronomy, whose influence on the progress of the birthing cannot be ignored. The midwife of doctor attending births must be flexible enough to discover the way these laws work and learn how to work within them. pregnant and birthing mothers are elemental forces, in the same sense that gravity, thunderstorms , earthquakes, and hurricanes are elemental forces. In order to... read more

Questions to Ask a Doctor/Midwife

Once you’ve decided on the type of caregiver and chosen several good candidates, it is important to ask very detailed questions about their practices. First and foremost, though, ask yourself if you like this person. Are they too chatty? Or not chatty enough for your taste? Do they smile and make eye contact? In other words, what is your gut response to this person? Then ask them: If you are not available at the time of my labor and birth, who usually covers for you? If I want to meet that person ahead of time, will you facilitate that? Will you help me with... read more

Special Report: Midwives

May 05, 2011 In celebration of the International Day of the Midwife, May 5th, and Midwifery Month--Mothering.com will be featuring great new and classic midwifery content throughout the month. Keep an eye on this page for all of the newest content as we add it. Photo Credit: Geradine Simkins, President of MANA, and client Liz O'Brien and baby Graciel COMMUNITY FEATURE Ode to Midwifery: Stories and Images Celebrating the Midwives We Love COMMUNITY A Community Forum for Midwives A Forum for Homebirth Discussion ARTICLES, EDITORIALS AND BLOG POSTS Recent... read more

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