Posts tagged “maternity”
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
August 25, 2011
August 17, 2011
July 26, 2011
Fetal monitors, forceps and medication have become commonplace in American delivery rooms. Now a third of American babies arrive by C-section. A new book examines the industry of delivering babies. The author – veteran midwife Ina May Gaskin – says a climate of fear has led some women to give up control of the birth process to the medical establishment. She advocates greater respect for women’s bodies, wider acceptance of natural deliveries – and new efforts to reconcile modern life with a process as old as humanity itself. Ina May Gaskin talks about her “midwife’s manifesta.”
Guest Ina May Gaskin is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee; author of “Spiritual Midwifery” and “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.”
July 22, 2011
“Ina May has done it again… [She] is eminently easy to read and always interesting… she makes students of us all!” — Jan Tritten, Midwifery Today
July 15, 2011
More Business of Being Born is a four-part DVD series that includes Special Deliveries along with Down on the Farm: Conversations With Legendary Midwife Ina May Gaskin coming out this month. Ina May! I can’t wait to see this part, which not only features Gaskin, but Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who got to know The Farm’s famous Midwives during her pregnancy.
Watch a trailer for Special Deliveries below.
July 12, 2011
“I recently picked up a copy of the new book Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin. Her practice was based on principles of prevention and wellness, as well as a focus on both the physical and emotional needs of laboring mothers . . . Ina May Gaskin’s pioneering efforts show us that it is possible for women to have healthy and empowered births.”
May 6, 2011
““It is simply unacceptable that a U.S. woman giving birth today has a greater chance of dying than her mother did,” Gaskin concludes, noting that while anecdotes about maternal mortality are widely available, most states fail to collect data about women who die in childbirth. Indeed, Gaskin’s outrage is palpable as she reports that only six of the 50 states require hospitals to report deaths during childbirth to the Centers for Disease Control. Change is clearly needed. Can anyone concerned with perpetuating the human race possibly disagree?”
April 14, 2011
Ina May Gaskin: There is quite a lot of pressure on immigrant women to fit in and do things the way that most US women appear to be doing them. Part of this is probably because so few US women actually do give birth at home that immigrant women are barely aware that such services are available. Hospitals are able to provide interpreters for women whose languages aren’t spoken by midwives who provide out-of-hospital services. On the other hand, I do know that Muslim women in Dearborn, Michigan, do access home birth services in many cases. The Morris Heights Birth Center in NYC is another example of an out-of-hospital maternity service that provides access to immigrant women.
All this could change at a faster rate if the CPM bill passes.
April 13, 2011
On Saturday [April 9], Birth Matters VA is putting on the sold-out Healthy Mothers, Healthy Birth Summit at the Dulles Campus of Shenandoah University. On Sunday, midwife Ina May Gaskin, author of the classic Spiritual Midwifery and the just-released Birth Matters, is taking her Safe Motherhood Quilt on a march to the Capitol. The goal of both events is to raise awareness about the underreporting of maternal mortality in the United States and to call for infrastructure that accurately records this problem nationwide so that it can be studied and the rate of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth can be lowered.