Nation’s Leading Midwife: Ina May Gaskin Halifax

inamayIf 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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15 thoughts on “Nation’s Leading Midwife: Ina May Gaskin Halifax

  1. Keri Harrison

    “When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.”
    I would love to see this wise woman speak :). Thanks jolyn!

  2. Nada

    “When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.”

    1. Jolyn Post author

      Congratulations, Nada. Your quote entry was chosen as the winner to the Friday evening event. Keep an eye on your email inbox for the details. Thank you for entering! -Jolyn

  3. Caet Moir

    “What gets baby in gets baby out” – something I tell all my birthing moms and friends. Not only does it get a laugh, but it reminds you that this journey was born out of love – for yourself,your partner.. Whatever your circumstance, love played a part in it somewhere. In a way, she is drawing back to the Beatles with “all you need is love” (and natural oxytocin!)

  4. Margaret Anne

    “If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.” There is also somewhere that she talks about supporting labouring women and remind them that it is a baby that is coming (because sometimes they forget) but I don’t know where she said this – just that I found it useful in long labours and lots of women told me that it helped to be reminded (once!) when the going was getting tough.

  5. Heidi Henshaw

    “There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we” Thanks Heidi Henshaw

  6. Amanda Huska

    Don’t think of it as pain, think of it as an interesting sensation that requires all of your attention

  7. ashley

    “The way a culture treats women in birth is a good indicator of how well women and their contributions to society are valued and honored.” So excited that Ina May is coming to Halifax! Thanks Nurtured!

  8. Britanie

    “Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.”

  9. Krystle

    “There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we.”

  10. Albina

    Just in case it’s not too late :). The quote that definitely made me go through labour and birth naturally. “When avoidance of pain becomes the major emphasis of childbirth care, the paradoxical effect is that more women have to deal with pain after their babies are born.” Ina May.

    1. Jolyn Post author

      So glad to read more quotes. Honestly, keep them coming. The tickets have been assigned, yes. Do keep the conversation of Ina May Gaskin quotes going.

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