I’ve been spending some of my time reading a book called, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (recommended by my pregnancy guru, Ohio Becky…really great read, thanks poochy!). Ina May Gaskin is the leading midwife in the nation. She operates her midwifery practice out of a farm in Tennessee, called “The Farm.” In her book, are real-life stories of everyday women whose desire is to give birth naturally and in a homespun and personal environment, surrounded by midwives who care for the highest in natural childbirth. The book reads like a documentary and is mostly full of wonderful birth stories — some of the stories are a little holky, but for the most part I have been inspired and energized by the majority of them.
Greg and I attended our second Bradley Method class last evening, which was taught by our teacher’s husband. Our teacher was actually in Tennessee attending a weeklong midwifery program taught by Ina May. You could say that I was just a wee bit jealous that she got to visit The Farm. : )
I walked away from last night’s Bradley class with something powerful that was shared in a video. This is not word for word, but it goes something like this: “People trust technology more than they trust nature. These days women are afraid they cannot give birth naturally, instead they completely trust in their doctors and in the status quo.”
I’ve never given birth, so I can’t vouch for this with any of my own real-life experiences, but something deep down in me tells me that this is true.