Ina May on Fear & Pain in Childbirth

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My dear friend, colleague, and inspirational wise-woman, Ina May Gaskin recently joined me in New Jersey at my home and we chatted about many things in life – challenges, pain, fear, relationships – you name it. She has attended so many births as an amazing midwife, and helped women and their partners through the challenges that pregnancy, birth and parenthood brings.

She has such amazing insights that she shares through her wonderful books and lectures, and I was lucky to have a chance to ask her about two of the most common questions about birth.

What about Fear?

What about the Pain?

She has such beautiful thoughts on what it means to re-frame fear and pain, and I hope you will watch



I’d love to hear how you overcome fear and pain in your life. Have you tested out any of Ina May’s suggestions? Have you ever “laughed off” pain?


ina-mayIna May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD(Hon.) is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 2011, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled approximately 3000 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition. For twenty-two years she published Birth Gazette , a quarterly covering health care, childbirth and midwifery issues. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth was released in 2003 by Bantam/Dell, a division of Random House and has been translated into Italian, Slovenian, German, and French. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding was published in 2009 by Bantam/Dell, and her newest book, Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, was published in 2011.

 

 


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