Friday, September 26, 2008

International Midwifery

There is so much going on with midwifery and birth issues in the U.S. that it can be hard to keep up. And, this means sometimes I forget to look at what is happening across the world! Two organizations came to my attention recently--Mercy in Action in the Philippines and Birth India in India.

Mercy in Action
is a ministry involved in creating midwifery clinics and providing public health services. They welcome donations to help keep their birth centers running as well as donations of baby supplies.

Birth India is a new organization founded in 2007 by five women--some who were spurred to action by very traumatic birth experiences and others by very beautiful ones. They are creating Birth Networks to educate women about natural birth and to discuss birth trauma. I love the closing line of their About Us statement: "Birth India is here because we believe the birthing woman is a force to be protected and loved. "

Back to the U.S., for those keeping up with the Big Push for Midwives campaign, The Big Push now has a Facebook account you may wish to check out!

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