Journal Articles

Interactive engagement and holistic midwifery

“… the niggling feeling, that your care somehow lacked an important dimension, leaves you with a slight feeling of unease.”

Originally published in Australian Midwifery News, Summer 2006, and in The Practising Midwife, Volume 10 Number 4, April 2007. Reprinted by kind permission of the publisher.

Crossing the boundary — are we losing the plot?

The proposed “advanced skills” listed in a discussion paper published by the Australian College of Midwives indicate a crossing of existing or yet-to-be-delineated professional boundaries and represent, moreover, a conflict of interest with what midwives are meant to be doing.

Originally published in Australian Midwifery News, Autumn 2008. Reprinted by kind permission of the publisher.

Time to get out of bed

The routine-use of the obstetric bed for normal labour is a huge obstacle to practising holistic midwifery. It is time for women to be given more appropriate choices.

Originally published in The Practising Midwife, Volume 8 Number 11, December 2005. Reprinted by kind permission of the publisher.

Is policy worship causing client neglect?

When will Maternity Hospitals finally wake up and do what they are supposed to do? Citing health and safety policy as a reason for not permitting the use of upright birthing positions flies in the face of holistic midwifery practice, says Monika Boenigk.

Originally published in The Practising Midwife, Volume 11 Number 8, September 2008. Reprinted by kind permission of the publisher.

Upright birthing — a practical solution

This article, describing the development of the BirthRite Birthing Seat, is based on a presentation at the International Confederation of Midwives 26th Triennial Congress in Vienna in 2002.

Originally published in MIDIRS Midwifery Digest (September 2002) 12:3. Reprinted by kind permission of the publisher.

Confronting the stark realities of life and obstetrics in Vietnam

In 2001 the 2nd National Congress of Midwives was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Monika Boenigk was invited to present two papers at the Congress and to visit some of the local maternity hospitals. Here are some of her sobering impressions.

Originally published in Australian Midwifery News, Spring 2004. Reprinted by kind permission of the publisher.



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