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Book Review by Tina Merrill: Ways of Knowing about Birth: Mothers, Midwives, Medicine & Birth Activism by Robbie Davis-Floyd

Publication Date: 
June, 2018

Ways of Knowing about Birth is a compilation of Robbie Davis-Floyd’s writings spanning thirty years. The selections in this volume offer valuable insights for many readers, from students of midwifery, anthropology and women’s studies, to practicing midwives and obstetricians, to women who are seeking to inform themselves about their own childbirth care options.

Book Review by Michael Trout: Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting after Perinatal Loss by Joann O’Leary and Jane Warland

Publication Date: 
June, 2018

This book review discusses prenatal attachment, bereavement, and supporting parents who experience pre and perinatal loss.

Breema: Parenting with the Nine Principles of Harmony

Publication Date: 
June, 2018

This article provides background and examples for how using simple principles such as No Judgment, Firmness, and Gentleness, and No Hurry/No Pause in daily life offers a means for self-care in the midst of a hectic day. 

The Intellectual Marginalization of Childbirth and its Real-World Implications

Publication Date: 
March, 2018

This paper focuses on the topic of childbirth, exploring the history of its marginalization within the humanities. This paper demonstrates that ignoring birth on an intellectual level contributes to diminishing the topic more broadly on the cultural level, and this has real-world implications for how our societies treat children, women, and families.

How Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Can Transform the World

Publication Date: 
March, 2018

This article was originally published in the Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal 8(3) (Spring 1994),187-199. This paper draws on the latest scientific findings to show how specific changes in 1) parenthood, 2) birthing practices, and 3) how we view ourselves (psychology) could transform the world. 

 
 

Fear versus Trust: The Impact of Fear on Birth Experience and Maternal Outcomes

Publication Date: 
March, 2018

This study explored women’s trust-based and fear-based beliefs about birth. It asked: Do women trust their bodies’ innate intelligence to give birth, or does fear override trust? The study sought to understand whether beliefs, fears, and trust associate with birth experiences and birth outcomes.