I am weaving for my Midwives, here in New Brunswick. These women need support and love as they continue the work to take on clients here. Currently, they are in the process of educating the public about the care they give and how they walk alongside growing families. A few newspaper articles I have read in the past year have eluded to how some think of Midwives... hippies, crunchy, and moving backwards. These words didn't seem to come from a place of love, but rather were used in a derogatory sense.
What do you think about Midwives?
Let's answer this question from an experience and from education. If you don't know a midwife, don't answer this. Go and meet one first!
Midwives sacrifice their time to be on-call for their Mommas. Midwives take moments to be with their Mommas. Midwives offer informed choice to their Mommas.
The term Midwife means With Women.
What does it mean to be "With Women?" Let me tell you what it means to NOT be with a woman during pregnancy and childbirth:
You are not with a woman if you do things to them,
if you only shout out statistics,
if you only share with them your protocol and adhere to it strictly regardless of what they share with you,
if you don't listen,
if you only give them 5 minutes of your time,
if you have all the knowledge and keep it that way,
if you think you can give a baby better care than a Momma can...
Midwives work with their head, heart, and hands. "Being" with Women (the definition of a Midwife) requires a slow, kind heart. Birth requires a slow, kind heart as well.
Weaving is a slow process. It's all about the process.
As I'm weaving for my Midwives I'm thinking about the process it took for them to be Midwives, the process they get to witness of babies being grown, babies being born, and a family being born time and time again.
What are you doing to support your New Brunswick Midwives?
Share your project ideas with me! I want to hear what you are doing. Need an idea? Message me at any time and we can brainstorm together!