18 Aug A Case for Home Birth, from the venerable Ina May Gaskin
from Ina May Gaskin
When there is no home birth in a society, or when home birth is driven completely underground, essential knowledge of women’s capacities in birth is lost to the people of that society— to professional caregivers, as well as to women of childbearing age themselves. The disappearance of knowledge once commonly held paves the way for over-medicalization of birth and the risks that poses. Nothing in medical literature today communicates the idea that women’s bodies are well designed for birth. Ignorance of the capacities of women’s bodies can flourish and quickly spread into popular culture when the medical profession is unable to distinguish between ancient wisdom and superstitious belief.