Category: Quotes and shares

What really matters?

“Factors that have eroded midwifery skill are largely political; embedded in midwifery laws in the form of practice guidelines … A model of perinatal care that offers insight, continuity and intuition; respects birth as an altered state; shows reverent curiosity…

Midwives are heroes…

“Being a midwife is similar to being an Apache pilot. That may sound strange, but it’s true. One may suppose flying gunships in combat as far removed from delivering babies as can possibly be, but the truth is, there are…

Freedom … is much too precious

“The freedom to have a homebirth – whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever your situation – is much too precious to give up as if it were nothing.” – Ina May Gaskin   Gaskin IM (2017). Choosing freedom…

On corporatization…

“Corporatization of medicine has led to a phenomenon found in all or most industries in a corporate system: the “productivity campaign.” This is an effort to get employees to work better and faster, although the “better” quickly falls away when…

The most challenging thing you will ever do…

“Parenting is, hands down, the most challenging thing you will ever do. It is scary, troubling, enthralling and exciting. It requires long hours, Herculean patience, trust and thousands of other skills and characteristics that our kids deserve and demand. As…

What’s in a word?

‘Language is important and influential. I request that the Journal stop using (and letting authors use) the term obstetric when talking about midwifery care. Obstetrics is what obstetricians do, midwifery is what midwives do, and maternity care is what we…

“A revolution is a transfer of power…”

“The Victorian parliamentarian and novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton declared, “A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.” Patient centred care began as a correction of abuses, a response to patients being treated like “imbeciles and…

Resources for questioning vaginal examination (2)

“Do you know of any good resources on the subject of questioning/declining vaginal examination? I’m thinking of vaginal examinations in a number of contexts – well woman exams, vaginal examinations in labour and especially at the end of pregnancy, as…