In the USA however, we don’t have enough midwives – so let’s increase and support the numbers of birth workers, activists, faith and community members who are already on the ground dealing with our own crisis – right here – as well.
Will you step forward? How can we support you? We have one goal – ELIMINATE perinatal disparities in the USA! #perinatalrevolution#maternalhealth #nomorepreemies #EndDisparities #BeLove@PerinatalTskFrc
Jennie Joseph www.perinataltaskforce.com
A crowd of Haitian nurses packs the entrance to the area where we interview prospective students. One essential question was, “Why do you want to be a midwife?” In the US, midwives want to “empower women,” “bring low technology care to a normal life event,” and “promote healthy maternal-infant attachment.” All are great reasons for being a midwife; in fact, they are the essence of midwifery care. But in Haiti, one hears profoundly different motivations: “Too many women die in childbirth.” “Babies die.” “I want to help the suffering.” “I want to save lives.” (Photo: Cheryl Hanna-Truscott)
#midwives #safemotherhood #everynewborn