Family[ edit ] Gaskin was born to an Iowa Protestant family Methodist on one side, Presbyterian on the other. Her mother, Ruth Stinson Middleton, was a home economics teacher, who taught in various small towns within a forty-mile radius of Marshalltown, Iowa. Both parents were college graduates, who placed a great importance on higher education. Her maternal grandparents ran a Presbyterian orphanage in Farmington, Missouri , a small town in the Ozarks.
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Start your review of Spiritual Midwifery Write a review Shelves: nonfiction , nonfiction-body-education , paperback , own , autobiographical , pages , nonfiction-childbirth My purpose for reading this book is to brush up on childbirth and strategies to support my partner during her pregnancy and labor.
This book is groundbreaking in its own right but it ended up being more of a My purpose for reading this book is to brush up on childbirth and strategies to support my partner during her pregnancy and labor. This book is groundbreaking in its own right but it ended up being more of a biographical and historical account then my personal how-to guide. This book was autobiographical on how "The Farm" came to be, how and why Ina May ended up in a midwifery role, and the things she and her midwifery partners learned along the way.
In addition to the stroll down memory lane, we also get a large amount of personal essays and the different experiences from women and men regarding the labors with their children in the hands of the midwives. They actually started sounding redundant so I skimmed past many of them. While the first half of the book is accessible to everyone, the second half of the book reads more like a how-to manual for midwives and seems less relevant to anyone not interested in being a professional midwife or doula.
The "spiritual" aspect I was a bit surprised by. Any familiarity with Ina May and "The Farm" definitely gets you plugged into the hippy vibe especially since their caravan and commune rose in the 60s and 70s. But, the mention of spirituality is also in reference to a more traditional belief in god.
They and the rest of the people on "The Farm" strongly believed in god, mentioning praying, the miracles of god, and the like.
And me, reading it as atheist? Mainly, the themes being to make the mother comfortable in a number of different ways, the importance of the father or partner, in my case and what he can bring to the birth experience, and that childbirth is natural, powerful and not always the horror story we see on tv.
Fulfilling your desire for natural childbirth in a sane and safe home setting. The role of the midwife is to guide you with wisdom and experience in welcoming a new soul to the world. Click here to contact a Midwife Birth guided by Wisdom and Experience: For over 40 years, The Farm Midwifery Center has provided a very special service for mothers, babies and their families. Women are treated with love and respect, empowering them to fulfill their desire for natural childbirth in a sane and safe home setting. Birth as a source of fulfillment The first trimester sets the stage for the rest of your pregnancy. A variety of cabins and small homes are available as accommodations for the delivery of your baby.
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