Tag Archives: Political Action

Midwifery in New Zealand

Midwifery in New Zealand

by Karen Guililland Social change of the magnitude experienced by the New Zealand Maternity Service over the last eight years has not been without difficulties. The changes have challenged individual women and their families, midwives, general practitioners, obstetricians, politicians and institutions. Such challenges attract considerable excitement and enthusiasm but they also attract resistance and hostility. […]

Reclaiming Midwifery Care as a Foundation for Promoting ‘Normal’ Birth

Reclaiming Midwifery Care as a Foundation for Promoting 'Normal' Birth

by Maggie Banks This paper identifies some essentials of midwifery practice and looks at how the woman who may have additional care needs receives woman-centred care. Breech presentation will be used by way of example to demonstrate the latter. Childbirth is neither ‘normal’ nor ‘abnormal’. It is, quite simply, a childbirth journey – a unique […]

Midwife Power

Midwife Power

By Nicky Leap If you look up the word “power” in the dictionary, you’ll come across some definitions that fit well within the concept of the “skilled companion” described by Professor Lesley Page and other midwives who expound a “woman-centred”, “woman-led”, “with woman” approach to midwifery. You will also find definitions of the word “power” […]

On Her Own Responsibility

On Her Own Responsibility

by Elizabeth Davis The struggle for independent midwifery in the United States Abstract The United States is the only country in the world that virtually eliminated the practice of midwifery. This took place around the turn of the century, when obstetrics became a profit-generating and male-dominated profession. Women could not acquire the requisite credentials because […]

Fish Can’t See Water

Fish Can't See Water

By Marsden Wagner (MD, MSPH) The need to humanize birth in Australia This paper was presented at the Homebirth Australia Conference, Noosa, Australia, November 2000 Humanizing birth means understanding that the woman giving birth is a human being, not a machine and not just a container for making babies. Showing women – half of all […]

Using your politicians to change birth services

Political birth action

By Bruce Teakle This article was written as a campaign tool for those working to obtain better maternity services in Australia.  The National Maternity Action Plan was launched in 2002. For full details find out more here. This article is for people wanting better access to better birth care. It is intended to be a […]