If there’s one book I recommend to expectant mothers, it’s Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.
“Every woman should be required to read this book” my college roommate, not overly keen on reading books cover to cover once said. “Ina May taught me to trust, what she calls, the ‘true capacities of women in labour and birth’ and surrounded my birth experience with stories to support me”.
It’s true. Much of Ina May’s storytelling will stay with you. Be it in labour, in birth work, local women’s groups and even in general conversation telling of your exposure to birth. Ina May inspires many. I was astounded to recently learn my neighbour had his daughter at Ina May’s farm. There is strength, grace and an amazement in a woman’s body as he tells her birth story from the 70s. Earlier this week we posted an Ina May quote to promote the VBAC support group that meets monthly at our shop.
Be it from her books, documentary work or even her TED talk, my favourite Ina May quote takes me back to ‘Guide to Childbirth‘. It is simple and inviting,
“…to know more about the important work of having babies.”
Consider it a life’s mission.
If you’re an Ina May fan at all, you’ll quickly notice this knowing through the decades of her work has evolved into a challenge and an educating about the important work. As the organizer of Birth and Beyond conference, Shawn DeVree says, “Ina May Gaskin is like the rock star of midwifery”. She challenges and educates women, medical professionals, and standard systems of birth to support “the capacities of the female body during labour and birth”.
What’s your favourite Ina May quote currently?
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