Midwives Know Birth Matters

In Midwives Know Birth Matters twelve different midwives, practicing in all settings, speak about the importance of birth for babies, mothers and birth partners. The quality care midwives provide can make all the difference in facilitating a safe, supportive and satisfying experience. Midwives know how we are born and how a woman becomes a mother matters!

I am a Midwife is a new online video series about midwives and what they do. A new video will be released weekly throughout May and June.  Subscribe to I am a Midwife on Youtube.

From the Midwives Alliance of North America

Co-produced by Woman in the Moon Films!

Ina May, Homebirth and Midwives in Time Magazine (again)!!

One of my fave writers, author Jennifer Block (who wrote “Pushed”) interviews supreme midwifery goddess Ina May Gaskin in a Q & A for Time magazine.  Click here to read this article.

It’s at least the second time in the past year that Time has covered homebirth and midwives–and in a positive light.  Between this and the article in US Today re. the CDC report about homebirths being up 20% through 2008, homebirth has been getting some serious love from the mainstream media.  And last week, Vermont passed legislation last week mandating that private insurers must cover homebirth.

All this attention and energy is bound to have a positive effect on the way homebirth is viewed in the US–and with this, most likely (and unfortunately) backlash from some groups in the medical community.  We can always hope for the best!  The more positive coverage the media presents on homebirth the harder it’s going to be for the opposition to dig into their bag of tricks.

When you’re done reading the Time article, go and get thee a copy of Ina May’s new book, Birth Matters, get turned on and find ways large and small to advocate for change around how we see and do birth in our culture.

To Consider: from Ina May Gaskin’s new book “Birth Matters.”

re. 19th century obstetricians creating a “formula” to “teach” people that birth was “always dangerous:”

“If these facts can be substantiated; if this information can be promulgated; if females can be induced to believe that their sufferings will be diminished, or shortened, and their lives and those of their offspring, be safer in the hands of the profession; there will be no further difficulty in establishing the universal practice of obstetrics. all the prejudices of the most ignorant and nervous female, all the innate and acquired feeling of delicacy so characteristic of the sex, will afford o obstacle to the employment of male practitioners.”–Dr. Hugh L. Hodge 1838

read this book!