How do you change thinking?
- Believe in the safety of birth. Birth is not dangerous.
- Hang out with women who have a healthy attitude about birth.
- Take classes given by independent instructors.
- Remember that any intervention may confuse the body, and adversely affect the mother, the baby and the birth.
- Eat well and focus on prevention.
Just where are we headed as we enter the millennium?
Really, I don't think too much about this. A bumper sticker says "Midwives: Changing the World One Baby at a Time. I like to focus on this -- one family, one baby. Each family, lovingly attended during their baby's birth will influence far more people than I ever could. My focus is totally on the families I work with. One family, one birth at a time.
What are your visions and your dreams?
Oh my goodness gracious! My girls are 23 and 19, and my son is 26. I thought it would all be different by now.
My vision is that as we enter the millennium there will be midwives (not "medwives", midwives!) everywhere attending birthing moms. Women will stay home to have their babies. There will be excellent physician back up available. Women will believe in the safety of birth.
Sheila Kitzinger, a leading authority on women's experiences of pregnancy and birth, says that you can know everything you need to know about a culture by watching the way the majority of women in that culture birth their babies. I believe this is so -- and by watching the way that the majority of women in our culture birth, we have a lot of work to do!