May 06, 2005

Midwives Help People Out

Keleigh, Marion, and I had the opportunity to go to a presentation entitled "Midwives Day - Celebrating Birth - Past, Present and Future" yesterday. It was a gathering of midwives, labor support people, mothers, pregnant women, and even a handful of fathers, where we saw presentations by Harriette Hartigan (a birth photographer and midwife), and Ina May Gaskin (a midwife and a big reason that midwifery is practiced in the U.S. today).

While I didn't get the chance to hear all of the presentations (I was out in the hallway entertaining Marion, with many of the attending fathers), I enjoyed what I did hear. I think that just being in a group of people that know what we know about birth was really great. I take it for granted sometimes, because we've found friends that had midwife attended home births, but we're in a small (growing) group. These midwives, and the mothers that choose them, have read the research, and they know that a planned home birth attended by a midwife has helps create a positive birth outcome. There's so much built into the medical establishment that has been proven to be ineffective and harmful by research done by the medical establishment that the hospital is a more dangerous place to give birth.

Please, if you're a women thinking about getting pregnant, or you're currently pregnant, or you don't believe me and you think I'm just some crazy man talking about birth, check out this book: The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (New York: Perigee Books, 1999). It's only $8 (used) at I'll even buy it for you if that's what needs to happen.

I'm so going to be a childbirth activist. These are my babies that are being born, and the babies of my friends and family, and they're too precious to be put in unnecessary danger.


At 8:44 PM, Anonymous said...


At 8:52 PM, Jeremiah said...

While this may be true, that doesn't make it any less important.

And, you don't have to yell, Anonymous All Caps Person.

And yes, I'm wacky crazy.

At 12:10 PM, MJ said...

Here is a link that gives you to love stats...on birthing trends in the US.....including the increase in home births and midwifery. sp?

At 12:19 PM, Jeremiah said...

Thanks for the stats mj (no, dear readers, this is not Michael Jordan).

Here's one of the stats:
"But women are increasingly choosing other providers — midwives attended 8 percent of births, up from less than 1 percent in the mid-'70s."

Good for us (and our babies)!


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