Submitted by: Debra
I awoke yesterday to an email from Ina May Gaskin sharing that she will be inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame! I yelled, I danced, I cried tears of joy both for Ina May and this well deserved honor for her dedication, wisdom and love she has shared with so many of us around the world. Later in the day Ibu Robin Lim said “Ina May is lifting up all midwives and birth keepers around the world.” From one hero to another!
It has been an amazing 18 months as Ina May Gaskin has received the Right Livelihood Award in 2011. Often considered the “alternative Nobel Prize”. They wrote; “Ina May Gaskin is a role model for midwives who still dare to think in different paths, trying to implement more humane obstetrics in their countries, and providing women with the chance to choose the way of giving birth that seems right for them.” Watch her gracious and powerful acceptance speech. What a powerful call to action including:
“care given during the time surrounding birth should give the needs of the mother-baby pair precedence over the needs of caregivers, institutions, and the medical and insurance industries. Individual hospitals should consider implementing the 10 Steps to Optimal MotherBaby* Maternity Services (www.imbci.org)…if all countries put the welfare of mothers and babies at the center of maternity care policy, midwifery would have to grow strong again.”
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