Babies willing, I will participate in the panel discussion on homebirth following the viewing of Business of Being Born. Come join us. It is always nice to see friendly faces, especially on Midwives Day!
May all babies be born into loving hands...
K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM
--IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL MIDWIVES DAY--
Alchemy Initiative presents:
THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5th, 2010 AT 7 P.M.
40 Melville Street Pittsfield, MA 418-238-9600 alchemyinitiative.org
$5 at the door, refreshments and panel discussion following the film
WHY ARE WE CELEBRATING MIDWIVES?
May 5th is The International Day of The Midwife, a day set aside in 1991 by The International Confederation Of Midwives. The day honors midwives who deliver 80% of all babies born worldwide.
The International Confederation of Midwives has targeted a campaign for 2010-2015 to highlight the need for midwives and secure woman's rights and access to midwifery care before, during, and after childbirth.This reflects the World Health Organization's call for midwives and the need to accelerate the drive for a safer motherhood worldwide.
WHO has noted the impact midwifery care has on improving maternal and infant mortality and in reducing the caesarian birth rate. Who also recognizes the importance of training more professional midwives as they are appropriate caregivers for normal pregnancy and birth.
Berkshire county is home to professional midwives whose scope of practice is diverse. Local women who wish to receive the midwife model of care can find midwives who offer full range care for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.We have midwives who deliver in hospital settings,as well as midwives offering individualized care in a home birth setting. Another option in Berkshire county is midwives who specialize in gynecology and well women care. Still, other midwives are health care activists, sexuality educators, and offering contraceptive counseling.
Statewide, Massachusetts is reintroducing legislation to provide a clearer avenue for the midwives who already specialize in home birth care. Massachusetts midwives have their own strong state organization, as well as many regional groups. National organizations for midwives are plentiful and many have worked on health care legislation, as well as global initiatives to improve maternal health.
The Alchemy Initiative, along with local consumers of midwife care are planning the first International Day of The Midwife Event in Pittsfield to honor the role midwives are taking in creating a healthier society,
The special event will include a film: The Business of Being Born with a panel discussion to follow. The panel will include birth professionals, a pediatrician and consumer. Refreshments will be served.
We invite all those who are considering parenthood or interested in learning more about midwife care,or home birth. We especially welcome all families who have used midwife care, or those who were born at home themselves to help us celebrate this day. We invite all those who are working or studying in the field of women's health to attend.