"We always think that paying more for something = better and typically, this is true... but not when it comes to the birth industry."
- Referring to the cost of maternity care and how often because hospital birth costs more (before insurance contribution) it is seen as the superior environment to give birth in
"Birth is not about making money... especially when the people making the most aren't the ones actually caring for the women and babies."
- Talking about insurance companies and policy makers
"When you don't have midwives, you don't have obstetrics either. You just have surgery."
- Voicing the need for midwifery to continue to play a vital part in maternity care throughout the world... the need for both midwives and obstetricians to care for women and babies. Not either/or. Both have a rightful place.
"Wouldn't it be amazing if our little girls grew up knowing that the place babies came out of went from little to gigantic?"
- Talking about the fear women often have of giving birth vaginally and not fully understanding that the vagina is created to expand and accommodate birthing a baby.
Ana Paula & Ina May
San Diego Doulas & Ina May Gaskin
In closing, after spending the day listening to, talking with and observing Ina May, here's what I most admire about this woman...
- She's one of those people who you know has so much wisdom and a wealth of life experience and yet is humble and quite unassuming.
- She's approachable and engaging. I never felt like she was looking past the person she was talking with or that she was annoyed by the hundreds of requests to talk or take a photo with her.
- She speaks very plainly and candidly. While she has great passion in the things that she shares, yet she doesn't get lost in the emotion, which would be so easy to do.
- She's respectful and appreciative of many obstetricians and medical doctors. She calls many of them personal friends.
- She's an avid reader and learner.
- She appreciates the diversity and beauty of cultures throughout the world.
- She's funny.
- She's a normal woman, who early on in her life, saw that there was a need and rose to the occasion. She didn't assume that someone else was going to step in and do what needed to be done. Instead, she got her hands dirty (literally) and looked for ways to learn and grow and teach others.
- She's a wonderful picture of someone who isn't slowing down as she ages.
Me, Ina May & Annely