Ina May’s in town – woop woop!

Ina May Gaskin is probably the most famous midwife in the world – who knew there were celebrity midwives? – and she’s in Dublin tomorrow for the Home Birth Association‘s 30th anniversary conference. Hurray! Her book Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth was the main reason that I decided to have a homebirth half way through my pregnancy. Sure she makes it sound easy!

If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. In fact, it’s a must read as far as I’m concerned if you’re thinking about having a natural birth. Yes it has a whole bunch of black and white birth photos from the 70s that sent my husband running for the hills, but it also has the most beautiful and diverse birth stories in it with exceptional advice on how to have a natural birth and prepare yourself for the best outcomes possible.

My favourite birth story was the two-parter told by a husband and wife, both OBGYNs, who spoke of how they had to overcome their experience with medicalised births to achieve the successful natural homebirth they wanted. It’s such an empowering, positive book. It would fill any mum-to-be with confidence. It also made me think I would want to walk for miles in the woods when I went into labour. In reality, no chance! But that’s a story for another day…

It should be a great conference. I’ll let you know how it goes.

5 thoughts on “Ina May’s in town – woop woop!”

  1. I’ve been reading fantastic things about Ina May’s book for years, but never got around to reading it myself. I think I felt that since I’m not pregnant, it would be strange to read it. But with all the hype this week about her visit to Ireland, I finally took the plunge yesterday and bought it! And I have barely put it down since. I just love birth stories and her book is filled with some of the most wonderful stories I’ve read.

    1. It’s a great read, isn’t it? It should probably be on the leaving cert reading list, just to sow the seeds of how empowering and positive childbirth can be rather than the manic hysteria of TV childbirth 🙂

      1. Certainly, it should be required reading at any childbirth class. As you might know from my blog, I did Gentlebirth, and although I chose a hospital birth, it was the most empowering amazing experience of my life. I wish it could be the same for everyone!

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