Sunday, March 06, 2011

Birth Matters

Second post in one day...

I went to a talk given by Ina May Gaskin yesterday. On my birthday, no less! It was really awesome to see her talk. She talked about her new book that just came out Birth Matters. I purchased the book while I was there and I look forward to reading it. She talked about all sorts of topics that related to women and birth in the two hours she spoke. She also suggested that if we want to teach people how birth can be more natural that people should see how an elephant is born. According to her, we aren't really any different than other mammals when it comes to birthing. It doesn't need to be taught; we know what to do.

Ina May has a project called the Safe Motherhood Quilt.

"The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, as well as to the gross underreporting of maternal deaths in the United States, and to honor those women who have died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982."

I love that she brought one of the panels along to share. Each blocks tells a story...

She talked over her time a bit, but still signed books for us all. I had her sign my copy of Spiritual Midwifery too!

1 comment:

Susan said...

So cool! I am still jealous that you got to see her speak. I will have to check her new book out of the library.

One of the teachers/ doulas at MMC had her masters in biology. And she often said the same thing. That we are the same as other mammals. So our bodies know what to do. And to trust in that.