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Midwifery

Birth As An American Right of Passage

Fantastic work by Davis-Floyd for her extensive research and meticulous documentation of such an important topic!  She has done an amazing job analyzing the current state of hospital birthing rituals in America.  She leads the reader to the true messages and underlying values that the current medical establishment brings forth and serves to perpetuate.  As […] Continue reading →

A Midwife’s Tale

 The diary of Martha Ballard is an extremely important document that brings us insight into a time period of transition within the practices of birth.  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich did a fantastic job pairing the excerpts from Martha’s diary with relevant local and national history of the time period.  This work can truly help us understand […] Continue reading →

Sacred Placenta: the Tree of Life

The placenta is the first organ to develop following the fertilization of the egg.  After fertilization, the egg divides into two cells. One will be the placenta and one will be the baby.  At twelve weeks it takes over the production of hormones.  The first hormone produced is hCG (human chorionic gonadotropi), which is the […] Continue reading →

Imprisonment by Pregnancy

“The freedom in a country can be measured by the freedom of birth.” – Agnes Gereb (Hungarian Midwife) When did pregnancy become a jail sentence?  When did it become a time when a woman gives up her rights to the privacy of her body at the hands of medical “professionals” that don’t even trust the […] Continue reading →

Midwife Chats

Download link (right-click and “save link as”) Sinead gets together for a chat with Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone, founders of Indiebirth.com.  They discuss undisturbed pregnancy and birth, as well as the current state of midwifery in our country and around the world. Continue reading →

What Happened to Birth?

When did birth become something that women looked towards fearfully? When did American women start to look outward for confirmation about their body and baby (doctors/midwives) instead of looking within and using their intuition and innate knowledge of their bodies? Why have we been taught to fear our bodies and not understand them as women? […] Continue reading →