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10 Things Your Midwife May Not Tell You (Which You Should Know!)

10 Things Your Midwife May Not Tell You (Which You Should Know!)

Midwifery has changed considerably in the past fifty years. Along with its elevated profile and legitimacy, the profession has undergone a significant shift towards medicalization.  In many cases, midwives work hand-in-hand with obstetricians and hospitals.   For some women, this is a good thing, but for others, who may be expecting midwifery to resemble a holistic, woman-centred relationship in which the mother is the complete authority (as was the case with traditional independent midwifery), regulated midwifery can present unexpected restrictions for women that may not always be made clear to them by their midwives.  Independent midwives or birth attendants may...

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Yolande Clark
Dear Midwives & Birth-Workers--Get Out of Our Vaginas

Dear Midwives & Birth-Workers--Get Out of Our Vaginas

Now that birth images and video footage are all over instagram (or rather, those few profiles and individuals and companies who have managed to get on the “list” are now exempt from being blacklisted while the remaining women get banned for posting their birth material, however innocuous), I think it’s time to let midwives and birth-workers in on a little secret: *it is not necessary for you to routinely put your hands on mother’s vaginas while their babies emerge*. It’s really not necessary for you to fondle women’s labias or clitorises, or to run your fingers along the introituses to...

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Yolande Clark
Letter from a Concerned Labour & Delivery Nurse

Letter from a Concerned Labour & Delivery Nurse

I received the following letter this morning, and couldn't help but feel compelled to reply to this conscientious medical professional who reached out with what she thought perhaps was helpful advice to freebirthing women...

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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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