Midwives Make a Difference

Not only is this International Babywearing Week, it’s also National Midwifery Week! Both of these weeks of education and celebration are something Pagans can get behind.

We don’t have a whole lot of social scientific data about what Pagans want, choose, or experience in birthing, but we do know that they favor midwifery care. According to Kimberly Hedrick’s Pagan Health Survey, “The majority of Pagans would opt for natural childbirth attended by a midwife, with less than 20% saying they would find drugs acceptable for childbirth.”

What’s special about midwifery is that it’s a holistic approach to pregnancy and birth that treats birth as a normal event instead of a medical emergency. And a normal approach to birth increases the likelihood of a healthy birth for mother and baby.

National Midwifery Week is the perfect opportunity to research your options in maternal healthcare, correct misunderstandings about midwifery, share birth stories, and spread the word about midwives.

Midwives do make a difference. It’s #OurMomentofTruth.

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About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.