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Midwives: A Global Perspective — An Evening with Ina May Gaskin, Sandra Lopez, and Barbara Katz Rothman at Macaulay Honors College (CUNY)
March 13, 2014
At: Macaulay Honors College
35 West 67th Street (btw Columbus and Central Park West)
As midwives gain increased visibility and acceptance, and with the popularity of films like The Business of Being Born, more and more expectant parents are turning to the midwifery model, which values the experience of women and humanizes the birth process.
“Midwives teach women how to listen to themselves,” says event organizer Gargi Padki ’15, Macaulay Honors College at City College and Kenan Scholar. “Being a midwife is a way to help women take back control of their bodies and give them courage to be mothers. This conversation is designed to share liberating ideas and skills that are often neglected in cultures of instant gratification.”
The panel will bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to examine the current state of the midwife movement and to look forward.
The panel includes:
Ina May Gaskin is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. She served as President of Midwives’ Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002, and lectures around the world to audiences of doctors, midwives and expectant parents. She is the author of several books including the modern classics Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.
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.”