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The Midwifery tradition in the Americas is thousands of years old, but the history of white midwifery on these continents has been built as consequence of the genocide of Indigenous peoples, often exploiting the traditional knowledge that existed prior. Modern midwifery practice has inherited the legacy of racism, privilege and exploitation inherent in the colonial project.
In recent years there has been enormous growth in international midwifery volunteerism and service-learning programs in low-income settings. A controversy has arisen and many are saying that: it is imperative that midwives are able to differentiate between ethical engagement and less responsible/dangerous development. The politics of global health organizations shaping birth choices worldwide- often based on the exportation of U.S.-style obstetrics, with its dismal maternal and infant mortality outcomes. (Order audio CD)I did not attend this workshop.
You must be so proud..."We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." -Margaret Sanger
|"Speculum of Power" by Suzann Gage|
Daily or weekly commentaries on current events or on political ideas and subjects of interest to feminists by a radical feminist activist of many years who has a different, less conformist slant on our struggle against patriarchal society than mainstream feminists.