September 19, 2018

This is the ideal tub to be in during the hardest part of labor when water is indeed very soothing. Water relieves pain. I've used water as a pain reliever for the 46 years I've practiced midwifery. 

But, the women I help don't usually want to, or need to, get into the...

September 10, 2018

Changes of positions during labor, including lying on one's back can truly save a baby's life if his/her heart rate slows too much due to the pressure of birth at the very end of labor.

It's nice to know what to do to get the baby born quickly. I had to learn how to act...

September 10, 2018

Karen Cox interviewed several granny midwives in Georgia in the early 1970's. They're all gone now, but their wisdom was very beautiful. Mrs. Andy Webb, who delivered over a 100 babies in Rabun County, said, "I had no teaching at all, and I know it was better then beca...

September 7, 2018

Doctors are not the ones who are stopping advances in humane care for pregnant women. Midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, & pregnant women themselves are responsible for women being stuck in the dark ages of birthing!

Men are less inclined to gossip and slander each...

September 7, 2018

All childbirth education classes have one goal in common and that is to educate pregnant women so as to remove their fear and to enable them to have better birthing experiences. The most popular one right now is hypnobirthing. Tracy Donegan, a hypnobirthing specialist,...

September 6, 2018

It's okay if you don't agree with a thing I say on this website. You have every right to think for yourself. But, ask yourself if your reasons for disagreeing with me are your own, or just what you've been taught by someone else? Have you established yourself as a doul...

September 2, 2018

Hypnotic birthing techniques are teaching pregnant women that it is NEVER necessary to EVER push during labor and birth! They FALSELY imply that the uterus can do all the work. What they don't tell you is that the pelvic cavity is not like a slide at the amusement park...

August 30, 2018

 The newest thing I've read on the internet is how spinning babies will put the fetus into an optimal birth position and prevent a stalled labor at 6 centimeters.  

A lot of midwives are going to get some information that has the potential for moving babies out of...

August 27, 2018

When you build a house, a strong foundation is essential to making the house strong- if it's built on a weak foundation, it will crumble and fall more easily! 

The current fads of hypnotized birthing, water births, spinning babies, "hands-off" midwifery practices,...

June 20, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – A threshold of 6-cm cervical dilation is more accurate than the conventional 4 cm to determine when a woman enters the active phase of labor, a reevaluation of evidence suggests.

The historical evidence behind the commonly used assumption that 4-cm dilat...

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dedicated to my midwife Lydi Owen

She has delivered all of my children.