Mother’s Day the Natural Way

May 24, 2013

OM-Sheehan-PB mechCBS Sunday Morning aired a segment on Mother’s Day about  writer and mother of authentic midwifery, Ina May Gaskin. In the 70s, Gaskin and five friends founded The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, a refuge for women unhappy with the thought of birthing in a hospital setting. There, Gaskin has helped birth over 1,200 babies.

The segment calls Gaskin “the unlikely leader of the midwife movement,” and said that she “created change from the woods of Tennessee” and “impacted women globally.”

Midwifery is a centuries-old practice of guiding a woman though pregnancy, labor, birth, and the post-partum period. Thought midwifery doesn’t necessarily mean birth without medication or hospitals, Gaskin cites the problems with hospital births as “too many drugs, too many c-sections, too many inductions.” Humans have the capacity for natural birth the same as any other mammal.

“Don’t criticize nature,” she says in the segment, “stand in awe of it.”

In addition to her work as a midwife, Gaskin is also a the author of several books including Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta (Seven Stories Press, 2011)

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