Midwives were often the healers of their communities, providing care for families as well as a birthing parent and baby before and well after the birth of the child. Up until as recently as the early 1900s many communities relied on midwives for their care and support until the government stepped in and imposed regulations that restricted and all but eliminated the role of Midwives in their community.
I'm excited to see that the age of aquarius has brought about changes that make midwifery and other birth work vital once again and I will continue to support the cause reproductive justice for all.
In 2021, @world_midwives, @UNFPA and @WHO published the State of the World’s Midwifery report #SoWMy2021. The data was shocking, but also hopeful, it went like this: #ImagineIfMidwives were supported and invested in by governments all over the world.
We would see the following by 2035: 4.3 million lives saved every year 1.9 million stillbirths averted every year 2 million neonatal deaths averted every year 280K maternal deaths averted every year
The #SoWMy2021 report called on governments, policymakers, regulatory authorities, educational institutions and international and civil society organisations to turn their focus to paving the way toward universal access to sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health services, addressing equity at all levels and leaving no one behind.
Reproductive wellness is not only about fertility, pregnancy, and birth. Holistic reproductive wellness also empowers us to take control of our minds and bodies in a way that promotes overall wellness so we can choose if, when, and how to safely support a pregnancy. Are you ready to take this journey with me? Head over our Facebook group to join the discussions or message me for more information.