Birth Matters: A Midwife's ManifestaIna May Gaskin | 2011
Published by Seven Stories Press
America’s leading midwife, Ina May Gaskin, reminds us that the way in which women become mothers is a women's rights issue. Birth Matters is a spirited manifesta that shows us how to trust women, value birth, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
“The way that birth care is organized and carried out will have a powerful effect on any human society.”— Birth Matters
Renowned for her practice’s exemplary results and low intervention rates, Ina May Gaskin has gained international notoriety for promoting natural birth. She is a much-beloved leader of a movement that seeks to stop the hyper-medicalization of birth—which has lead to nearly a third of hospital births in America to be cesarean sections—and renew confidence in a woman’s natural ability to birth.
Upbeat and informative, Gaskin asserts that the way in which women become mothers is a women’s rights issue, and it is perhaps the act that most powerfully exhibits what it is to be instinctually human. Birth Matters is a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
Praise for Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta“Ina May Gaskin is an international treasure. And Birth Matters is a must-read for anyone and everyone who cares about humanity. I love this book!"
— Christiane Northrup, MD; author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"A wonderful book expressing Ina May's energy and vision."
— Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth and Rediscovering Birth
“Everyone should read this book...a cogent analysis of why birth is relevant to our culture and our sustainability as a people on this planet. Ina May has outdone herself!”
— Elizabeth Davis, author of Orgasmic Birth