Posts tagged “birth matters”
May 24, 2013
CBS 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).
July 27, 2012
“The U.S. is one of four countries in the world with a rising maternal death rate. California reported a tripling in the maternal death rate between 1996 and 2006. This problem, in my opinion, should occupy more of our attention than the tizzy over the home birth rate, which affects such a small portion of our population.”
Ina May Gaskin, author of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, is a fierce force in the choice for women to conduct home-birthing. In America, only a very small portion of women choose to conduct home births. Yet the US’s maternal death rate is, as Gaskin puts it, ”not enviable.” Though home-birthing isn’t a massive phenomena, some countries use police force to pressure women away from midwife-assisted birth. Why so staunchy on women’s choices? The answer isn’t clear.
Read Gaskin’s Huffpost article here.
May 9, 2012
Birth Matters, a new book by pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin aims to empower women to gain control over their bodies in order to have the kind of birth they want.
April 5, 2012
“A practical book, but also an enjoyable read, I agree that this book should be a must-read for expecting parents.”
March 27, 2012
“Midwifery knowledge can disappear in a remarkably short time (10-20 years), to the point that women can no longer imagine what it might be like to have a midwife. (I know this, because I was that woman when I was pregnant and giving birth to my first). This is how you get a mass of infantilized women who may put up with dangerous and uncomfortable practices for a couple of generations before they get enough gumption to put things right. This is what a growing number of us are working on now in the US!”
March 23, 2012
March 19, 2012
March 19, 2012
Ina May Gaskin, midwife and author of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, will discuss the state of modern childbirth practices with reporter and author Jennifer Block at 92nd St Y on Monday, March 19 at 8:15pm.
The event, sponsored by the 92 Y will be held in Buttenweiser Hall on Lexington at 92 St.
Click here to learn more.
March 19, 2012
“As the controversy over women’s access to contraception continues, we look at women’s access to safe, affordable and comfortable birthing options.” — Democracy Now!
March 1, 2012
“Ina May Gaskin’s Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta is rally-cry to improve the abysmal maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the United States.”
January 20, 2012
“My partners and I — and countless other midwives — know that, under the right circumstances, births can be safely handled with a minimum of c-sections.” – Ina May Gaskin