I have been thinking about the theme of connection since I returned from the Bad Wildbad, Germany, Midwifery Today conference last month. Midwifery Today conferences provide a unique environment in which to support in-person connections to the sacred and ancient traditions of supporting women, families, and babies during the childbearing years. They have the added value of providing a space for practitioners from all over the world to connect to information provided by speakers and practitioners who share with one another.
An introduction to doulas who serve women who must birth away from family.
Doula Hardy Baker shares her philosophy that a doula-midwife team can “create the most powerfully supportive experience for the birthing woman.”
In this issue of Midwifery Today we celebrate the role of the doula. The articles in these pages feature doulas across the planet making a difference: from doulas who serve refugees in Austria to doulas incorporated into multi-disciplinary practices in Turkey to indigenous doulas here in US helping maintain their cultural practices around childbirth.
Midwifery Today, where I have been working as the conference coordinator since earlier this year, is my new work home.
In many parts of the world, a quarter to half of all babies are born by cesarean. Too often women who birth by cesarean feel unprepared, frightened or left with a sense that they didn’t actually give birth. As a doula, educator and fellow parent, I help couples who might birth by cesarean ready themselves for the healthiest birth and recovery possible.