About the Midwife International Blog
The Midwife International blog is intended to inform, inspire and engage anyone and everyone interested in delivering exceptional care to mothers and babies worldwide. The blog offers relevant news articles, natural birth tips, inspirational models, success stories, stories from birth centers around the world, and commentaries from experts and enthusiasts alike. It has featured experts such as Ina May Gaskin, Aviva Romm, Carol Leonard, Penny Simkin, Susun Weed, and Michel Odent, M.D., along with several other inspiring voices in birth activism today. And, most importantly, the blog is a platform for discussion and debate – so share your thoughts!
Blog Submission Guidelines
The following information outlines our guidelines for guest writters. If you are knowledgeable and passionate about safe and peaceful birth, have a good story to tell or a unique perspective, and are interested in being featured on our blog, please read the guidelines below and get in touch! We look forward to hearing from you.
Process for Contributing to the Midwife International Blog
- Think about a topic you are passionate and informed about. Some broad topic categories that we are particularly interested in are listed below. We are looking for specific lessons, practices or stories inside of these categories.
- Midwifery knowledge and practices (including everything from catching babies to running a midwifery business)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Complementary and alternative healing modalities
- Working/volunteering in low-income settings
- Diversity and inclusivity in midwifery
- Native/indigenous perspectives
- Birth, the environment and sustainability
- Service learning
- Compassionate leadership
- Peace (personal and global)
- Decide how you’d like to share your content. Some options include:
- Original content produced by the guest blogger, with an introduction from Midwife International.
- Re-purposed content previously produced by the guest blogger, with an introduction from Midwife International.
- A telephone or Skype interview, conducted and transcribed by our editorial team.
- Contact our Publication Assistant, Valarie, at email@example.com to discuss your desired topic and set a publication date.
- Start writing! Submissions should be approximately 800 words in length, and reflect the voice guidelines listed below. Please do your best to check for clarity, completeness and accuracy. It is a good idea to have someone else read your work before you submit.
- Send your completed blog submission to Valarie at least two weeks before your scheduled publication date, and be sure to include:
- A one-paragraph bio about you, including links to your own website or body of work.
- One or two options for photographs to accompany your writing (along with expressed permission for us to use the photo on our website).
- An idea for a catchy title (we do not guarantee that we will use this title, but give us an idea!)
- Links to websites about your own work, so that we can share with others.
- Wait for edits by the Midwife International editorial team. Respond as soon as possible after the edits are received by you, including your approval, disputes, or additional changes you’d like made.
- Receive a unique link to your blog, and begin to share with your network!
Our goal is to share personal and inspirational experiences – and knowledge – related to safe and peaceful birth and birth practices from around the world. The best posts share about an inspiring moment, explain a specific technique or model that has proven successful, highlight a maternal health situation somewhere in the world, or are otherwise educational for readers. Captivating stories or specific advice generally draw the most attention. Your piece should not be purely self-promotional (words like “I” and “me” should be kept at a minimum), although we welcome you to give a one paragraph description specifically about your organization or the work you do at the bottom of your post. Please be sure to read previous posts before submitting a guest blog, in order to better understand what we’re striving for.
Midwife International reserves the right to edit all content before publishing. We also reserve the right to reject a post. When extensive edits are made, we will provide an opportunity for contributor feedback before the post goes live.
Interaction and Promotion
Midwife International will promote your blog post every day during the agreed upon promotion week through a number of different outlets, including: a link on our homepage, a prominent section of our newsletter, as well as 4 posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. We will also post the image, along with the introduction, to Pintrest.
Our blog receives approximately 13,000 views per month, as we promote our the content daily through these channels in addition to ensuring that the site itself is highly search engine optimized. Through our social networks we engage in daily authentic interaction in an effort to actively grow our community, engaging an average of 4,000 Facebook users in 20 countries every day. As we develop and share meaningful, relevant content, our community continues to grow. Your post on our blog will include your bio and a link back to your website, so all promotion efforts eventually drive readers to learn more about you and your work.
Each guest blogger is also asked to participate in their own blog promotions — by using professional/personal connections, social media, and other creative means to promote their post on our blog to their community and broader network. We ask bloggers to include a link to their guest post on their own website/blog, include a segment in their newsletter, and promote via their own Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media.
Blogs are interactive by nature, and we encourage our guests to respond to reader comments as they arise. If the guest writer is not available to respond to blog posts, please let us know ahead of time so we can be prepared to respond to any comments to your blog.
There is no monetary compensation for blogs published on the Midwife International blog. Compensation is in the form of cross promotion, which may prove even more fruitful!
Answer the Calling:
Apply now to participate in our 1-year Global Midwife Training program or 10-week Midwifery Intensives. Learn more about our service learning approach to midwifery education or visit our resource pages to read about midwife certification or how to become a midwife. Stay connected through the inspiring stories on our blog. Or contact us to talk with our admissions director about how Midwife International programs can help you on your path to midwifery leadership.