I’d like to quickly introduce you to Ina May Gaskin MA, CPM. Ina May is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. She is a highly recognized author (Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and her most recent book Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding) and has been described as the “Mother of Authentic Midwifery”. Ina May has attended over 1200 births and now lectures at Universities and Conferences worldwide. In 2003, she was made a Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University. And she was awarded the title “Honorary Doctor” by the Thames Valley University, London, England, on November 24, 2009.
Ms. Gaskin developed the first obstetrical maneuver to be named after a midwife; The Gaskin Maneuver. This maneuver manages shoulder dystocia by bringing a laboring woman to her hands and knees. A study found the Gaskin Maneuver (a.k.a. “all-fours maneuver”) “to be a rapid, safe, and effective technique that is applicable in a delivery room or other birth setting, for attendants with a range of levels of training”.
Ina May founded The Safe Motherhood Quilt project which honors women who have died from pregnancy related causes. Additionally, The Safe Motherhood Quilt project brings public attention to the haunting maternal death statistics in the United States.
Ina May will be in Seattle the weekend of May 5-8. She will join an evening walk at Alki Park in West Seattle to raise awareness and funds for maternal mortality and she will be joining other fabulous midwives and educators at the MAWS Spring Conference at SPU. I encourage you to come and join in the fun. It will be an honor to hear Ms. Gaskin speak at these events.