Sunday, July 11, 2010
ANNOUNCING: Midwifery from my heart
If you would like a copy of Midwifery from my heart, simply send a small donation of at least $10 to a charity providing services or relief for needy mothers and families, and let me know that you have done so when you request Midwifery from my heart. [email: email@example.com ]
Charities to consider include
ACM Scholarship fund for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives
Introduction to the Villagemidwife e-book series
I am writing
To record my knowledge
To tell my stories
To teach others
I am a midwife. My words, thoughts and actions have been formed over many years and a unique set of experiences: the world into which I was born; the mother who bore me; the family that nurtured me; the towns and communities that have allowed me to be me, and this wide open land and its people.
I like to think that these are my thoughts, yet I know that much of what I say is my own filtering and organising of what I have absorbed from those around me. Although I am the speaker, I am not the source.
Midwifery belongs to women. The midwife is ‘with woman’, a companion for a distinct and definable childbearing event, in a special partnership. Midwifery does not belong to theorists, although the clear expression of the ‘with woman’ partnership by thinkers has helped set great value on this simple phrase.
Midwifery is women’s business, evolving and moving with women, in our own time and space, along with our joys and sadnesses, our changing bodies, our children who are sometimes wonderful, and sometimes bring us near despair, and our hopes always for a better future.
Midwifery from my heart is about the life I know and love. It’s from my heart because I have learnt it, deep in my own life, and in the homes and lives of the women who have taken me with them. It’s midwifery because it’s ‘with woman’.
Posted by Joy Johnston at 7:58 p.m.