Megan Alton over at Waking Up Happy has been conducting interviews as part of her Knowing Birth series. I am honored to have my interview featured.
Where did you choose to have your birth and why?…
…It was only when I was pregnant that I learned about Ina May Gaskin. I found out that the Farm’s Midwifery Center was still around, and went down there for a weekend to check it out (both the Center and the community in general). It wasn’t going to be realistic to have my baby there, but from being there and after a long conversation with one of the original and still-practicing midwives, I felt better-equipped to make a decision (even though the videos they showed scared the crap out of me)….
What qualifications do you look for in a midwife/OB/primary care provider?
I look for a referral from someone, or from a network, that I trust. I look for a person both skilled in, and critical of, Western medicine. Skills/knowledge in other traditions are a plus. Anything for a well-rounded, holistic perspective, basically. I look for knowledge in and encouragement of alternative and traditional remedies, even when that means no remedies at all. I look for a person I can hash things out with, who respects me as a person not just a patient, and who will say the right things in the right tone when I get all neurotic. (Mary [my midwife] was really good at that last thing.)
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