On the road with my book!

I have been told I am a captivating public speaker, and certainly, I have enjoyed going on the road, presenting at national and international professional meetings and conferences. I have delighted in designing a presentation detailing my work as editor of the Into These Hands, Wisdom from Midwives anthology and sharing the wisdom contained. I’ve structuredContinue reading “On the road with my book!”

Activism Has Many Faces

I met one of my activist heros at the 2nd International Indigenous Women’s Health Conference held in Albuquerque last month. Buffy Sainte-Marie made history with her song—Universal Soldier—during the Vietnam War era. The song was actually about the individual responsibility we all share for war, for making, financing or sustaining wars. Her song won herContinue reading “Activism Has Many Faces”

My Beloved Friend Abby Died Today

After the long and tedious four-year cycle of conception, gestation, growth, and birth, my first book—Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives—was finally published in Spring 2011.  As it turned out, the first people to see it in print were the Board of Directors of the Midwives Alliance. Our spring board meeting was held in OhioContinue reading “My Beloved Friend Abby Died Today”

Geradine the Queen Meets Queen of Neo

In 2000, at the turn of the millennium, my music-savvy son Sean turned me on to Erykah Badu. Since I grew up in Detroit during the Motown Era, Sean thought I would appreciate the eccentric neo-soul, hip-hop jazz sound of the Queen of Neo. He was right—I loved her music. And Erykah’s unique sense ofContinue reading “Geradine the Queen Meets Queen of Neo”

The Three Pillars for Global Midwifery

The Three Pillars for Global Midwifery In the triennium between 2008-2011, the ICM developed a group of essential documents through hard work by the Board, guidance from consultants who directed expert task forces, and support and participation by ICM member associations. These documents describe the “Three Pillars” of midwifery, which are education, regulation and association—E.R.A.Continue reading “The Three Pillars for Global Midwifery”

The World Needs Midwives NOW More Than Ever

It was exhilarating to see the numerous international partners who attended the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) meetings in Durban, such as the World Health Organization, United Nations agencies, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the White Ribbon Alliance, ministers of health, significant funders, and more. And the buzz was loud and clear: MidwivesContinue reading “The World Needs Midwives NOW More Than Ever”