Midwifery Care is Revolutionary

 

“Deciding that you’re going to have a baby with a midwife makes you a revolutionary. Just that decision alone. You have decided that you are not going to be a passive voyeur in the journey of pregnancy and of birth. That you are, as I tell my clients, deciding that you’re going to drive this car. You will invite other people to be in the car with you. Your midwife and your birth team will be sitting next to you with a map. When you decide that you’re going to have a baby with a midwife, you decide that you’re going to participate in the decisions that are made during your pregnancy.”

Inspiring and stirring words by Claudia Booker from the short film Midwives Address Health Disparities.

A Midwife Is

A midwife is someone who is skilled in her craft, confident in herself and her abilities. She is strong both physically and emotionally. She understands that birth is a transformative and deeply spiritual experience. She has a strong commitment to social justice and also to furthering direct-entry midwifery. A midwife is supportive of birthing women, allowing choice and autonomy for the birthing mother while at the same time knowing when she needs to intervene. To that end, she is an excellent listener and advocate for parents, families, and future midwives. She is an active member of her local community as well as a player in larger, state and nation-wide policy decisions about homebirth.