Category Archives: Politics and Principles of Birth Keeping

It was such a privilege to be interviewed by Maryn for an episode of the IndieBirth Podcast! I was terribly nervous, and I rambled on, getting worked up as I always do whenever I talk about birth or birth politics, but I loved the chance to speak with a woman who, through the miracle of

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I've been asked about this a few times recently, since I am not so secretly disappointed that the community I live in is not as supportive and enthusiastic about the ideas and implications of physiological birth as I wish they were. This is a nice way of saying, I whine a lot about people choosing

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It seems like the intense focus we at Indie Birth have had on education has started to pay off in a lot of ways locally and in far off lands. Lots of women are more knowledgeable and more confident about birth. Some of them are doing their own prenatal care in lots of different ways.

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As we here at Indie Birth and kindred spirits around the world venture back towards our traditional midwifery/birth attendance roots, we find ourselves in a linguistic pickle. The word midwife has been hijacked by the state of AZ (and pretty much everywhere else in the US), so there are now legal ramifications of using the

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I hear from women regularly about their homebirth experiences. And being in the business of rabble rousing and questioning the status quo, many of these women who seek us out are unhappy with the care they received from their midwives, not just OBs. There are plenty of variations on the same theme. Midwives aren’t listening

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What does a midwife do? What is the role of a midwife within the vision I hold of healthy, vibrant, empowered communities? I’ve been trying to answer this question succinctly and clearly in my brain for a few weeks now, as I feel myself getting pulled into discussions (and sometimes arguments) over the topic more

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“Liberal feminists are asking for their share of the pie, a piece as big as anyone else's. However, radical feminists are asking for a different pie altogether. Liberal activism (i.e. "We're just like you!" activism) tends to be a conversation about assimilation and tolerance, and about being given a place at the table. Radical activism

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Talking about licensing midwives lately is drawing on my patience. I do feel it is divisive among midwives and wish in many ways the discussion would cease and maybe the mothers would stand up and correct all this nonsense. The legalities and politics about birth are REALLY about the women and their families, but some

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It's been a rough couple of months here in birth work (and in life in general for many of us) and I wanted to share with you some major things I have learned. Some of it old, some of it new, some due to karma and circumstance and self-analysis and some due to the support

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Normal. What does that mean anymore? normal (nôrˈməl) adj. Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical: normal room temperature; one's normal weight; normal diplomatic relations. adj. Biology Functioning or occurring in a natural way; lacking observable abnormalities or deficiencies. (http://www.wordnik.com/words/normal) The status quo-AND/OR-"biology functioning in a natural way".

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