Author: Stan Shaffer

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The GoodBirth Network is proud to be a member of the Global Force for Healing, a social profit organization that connects underserved birthing and health-related projects to share wisdom, challenges and educational information. Global Force for Healing’s mission is to co-create, connect and communicate about global grassroots projects that demonstrate love as a primary force…

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   The 2017 Birth Home Symposium April 6, 2017, Petionville, Haiti – Sixty birth center representatives and supporters gathered on April 6, 2017 at the Hotel Montana for the 2017 Birth Home Symposium.  Participants were from Haiti, the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru. Updates were heard from several of Haiti’s Birth Homes,…

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13 OCTOBER 2016 | GENEVA – WHO, the International Confederation of Midwives, and the White Ribbon Alliance are calling for an end to the discrimination, harassment and lack of respect that hinder midwives’ ability to provide quality care to women and newborns. “It’s time to recognize the pivotal role midwives play in keeping mothers and…

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Mangala Devi is a demonstration birth center at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The unit was established as a combined effort by the department of obstetrics and gynecology, volunteers from the Royal College of Midwives in the United Kingdom, and the Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON). https://www.rcm.org.uk/news-views-and-analysis/views/the-mangala-devi-birth-centre-tribhuvan-teaching-hospital-nepal The aim of this center…

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There are many barriers to reducing maternal and newborn deaths in rural Cambodia. Poverty, lack of education, distance to a health facility, road conditions, cultural practices and poor decision making forces mothers to give birth at home without a  skilled birth attendant risking the lives of both the mother and the baby. By 2013, nearly…

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The Shanti Uganda improves infant and maternal health, provides safe, respectful, gentle care and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Founded as an income generating enterprise in 2008,Shanti Uganda’s solar powered Birth House opened in 2010.  To date Shanti Uganda has provided over 2060 prenatal visits to local women, and over…

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Pakarii Casa de Nacimiento (Pakarii Birth Home), the first birth center in Peru, was opened in Lima in 1995 with the purpose of promoting and expanding the philosophy of natural birth and waterbirth. In the Andean native language Quechua, Pakarii means “dawn, coming out to the light, starting something new, being born.” Pakarii was founded…

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The practice of midwifery in Mexico is a millenary profession. But since the decade of the 1950’s, midwifery has had an important decline as attention moved to the biomedical model of obstetrics. With this change has come criticisms of massive institutionalization, the over-medicalization of birth (including high rates of Caesarean sections), lack of culturally adequate…