Maternity care must evolve to the right of all women having absolute self authority
This is very exciting for me. What a community of amazing womyn we are here on World Pulse! I long to write and express myself. This is a grand opportunity I am so grateful for taking full advantage of. Learning much already with week 1 lessons. Learning about Web 2.0 and contemplating this assignment, a vision is beginning to crystallize in my mind, relative to my future work. My desire to use Web 2.0 to produce through various channels, education and promotions for in person workshops, regarding women’s self care.
I became a registered nurse in 1979 and a certified nurse midwife in 1989. I had the acculturated, patriarchal fear of birth. I jumped out of the hospital into the most loving and compassionate site for birth-home and freestanding birth centers. I live in the United States, where it is now safer to birth out of hospital than in a hospital. I have travelled to many countries, and sought out midwives. We all say the same thing-feed the women, provide birth control, keep meddling doctors at bay unless needed.
Life is sexually transmitted as Christiane Northrup says. And women are who get pregnant.
Maternity care must evolve to the right of all women having absolute self authority over preventing pregnancy, deciding to continue pregnancy or end the pregnancy, and deciding where and with whom to birth.
From early childhood on women need to learn self defense-girls initiation into womanhood used to include learning the art of leaving ones bodies, so that whatever happened to their bodies did not affect their soul.
She will be educated on and learn her moontime cycles and how it relates to fertility, so she may conceive or prevent conception. And how nutrition, fitness, emotions and relationships all affect her cycles fertility and Pregnancy. Educated on all methods of birth control, which are all readily available and accessable for her/his use. If for whatever reasons she does conceive, she knows she has options of lovingly and compassionately terminating, adopting or keeping.
She learns throughout school hood years all these concepts. She is provided care at the local birth center, or her home as she desires. Hospitals are used appropriately and also with loving kindness and respect. This system is midwife led. Midwives being the experts at keeping women and mothers healthy through education and counseling and referrals to specialist such as social worker, holistic nutritionist-for those who need beyond the normal excellent resource of the midwife, fitness, psychological or emotional counseling. Midwives have always been with women to assist between the veil of spirit and embodyment.
I have so much gratitude for World Pulse and Voices of Our Future for this incredible opportunity. I hope to have a blog up and running by the fourth week of this session.