The Bauhauswife Blog

On International Day of the Midwife

On International Day of the Midwife

Today, on International Day of the Midwife, I want to acknowledge all of the brave women who have refused to capitulate to the criminalization of traditional midwifery practices, and who continue to stand for women’s inalienable right to give birth where, how, and with whom they choose, regardless of unjust laws.   I acknowledge all the Traditional Birth Attendants and Birth Witnesses whose foremothers, mentors and communities handed them the mantle, responsibility and essence of “Midwife” only to be told they are now prohibited by law from using that sacred word, thanks to its appropriation by governments all over the...

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Don't Induce--Smart Babies Choose Their Birthdays

Don't Induce--Smart Babies Choose Their Birthdays

As you may know, all seven of my babies have decided to be born at between 42-44 weeks of gestation.  I’m so grateful to have been in a position to honour their timelines. But gosh, this is very hard to do in a culture in which we’re programmed into rushing and busy-ness literally before we’re even born! It’s a rarity to find a woman who isn’t convinced that there is a reason to submit to induction—whether via a pitocin drip, or through bizarre and counterproductive at-home induction rituals involving climbing the stairs, castor oil, a plate of curry, or prescribed...

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An Infant's Anguish is Not Entertainment

An Infant's Anguish is Not Entertainment

Picture this: The photograph of a person, completely naked, genitals exposed, lying on a hospital bed, arms outstretched in supplication, with an expression of terror, anguish, agony, and sadness on their face, and tears running down their cheeks.   I hope--and I believe--that there isn’t anyone out there who wouldn’t immediately see this as evidence of an individual in a state of profound pain.   Would it be acceptable to share such a photograph publicly, or on Facebook? Or would this be seen as unspeakably cruel, inhumane, humiliating, and wrong? I wonder why it is that it's considered not only acceptable, but often cute,...

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Yolande Clark
Birth is Not A Learning Experience

Birth is Not A Learning Experience

Birth is not a learning experience for others.   Birth is about you, and your baby, and creating the optimal conditions for the transformation you and your child will enact together.  Resist the urge to invite people to your birth as a “gift” to your sister, or to teach your friend that home birth is safe, or to prove to your mother than you can do it.   I can relate...

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