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  • Check out Ina May Gaskin’s acceptance speech for the Right Livelihood Award

    Check out Ina May Gaskin’s acceptance speech for the Right Livelihood Award

    December 13, 2011

    The 2011 Right Livelihood AwardsSpeech by Ina May Gaskin5 December 2011

    It is a great honor to have been chosen as the first midwife to receive the Right Livelihood Award. In accepting this award, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to my fellow midwives throughout the world.  Most of us necessarily share an awareness of powerful forces that now threaten the continued existence of the profession of midwifery in many parts of the world. Rates of cesarean section are rising rapidly in most countries, far beyond the upper limits recommended by the World Health Organization. As cesarean rates increase, rates of maternal death and serious injury rise as well, and women’s fears of birth increase. At the same time, timehonored knowledge and skills begin to vanish. I have visited private hospitals in Brazil where the cesarean rate was 95%, because women (and their doctors) had become so afraid of the normal process of birth that the cesarean became the default.When surgical and technological interventions in birth become the norm rather than the exception, the profession of midwifery loses its basis for existence, and obstetrics itself no longer encompasses the skills and knowledge that were once considered essential competencies of the profession.

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  • Ina May Gaskin’s Right Livelihood Award reported on ERGOparent

    Ina May Gaskin’s Right Livelihood Award reported on ERGOparent

    November 8, 2011

    ”A society that places a low value on its mothers and the process of birth will suffer an array of negative repercussions for doing so. Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world, so it is worth our while to provide the best possible care for mothers and babies throughout this extraordinarily influential part of life.”

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