Ina May Gaskin, America's most prominent midwife and founder of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, was a guest on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show this past Monday. When telling the story of how she evolved into her calling, despite the increased medicalization of birth, she told the host:
"I knew that everything could be born on the farm and I thought, there's a lot of species of mammals and only the human doesn't work? I mean, that was just hard for me to accept."
Listen to a complete podcast or read a partial transcript here.
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I believe that the current paradigm of maternity care in the United States must be shifted away from the medically invasive model and back to the embrace of birth as a natural, healthy process, one in which intervention should be used appropriately and with absolutely transparent informed consent. Without such a shift, our mothers and babies will continue to have unnecessarily poor outcomes, and we will lose our primal reverence for birth as a sacred event.