This great piece written about the mother of the home birth movement, Ina May Gaskin, is wonderful. Ina's books definitely guided me through my pregnancy and prepared me for what I could expect when birthing my baby.
We need more women like her leading the forefront of the home birth and midwife movement. The feminist movement and reproductive rights movements need to find ways to work with midwives because in the end, we are all striving for the same thing--the ability to fully inform women of their options and giving them the tools and resources they need to make choices that are right for them and their families.
Choice isn't just about abortion or birth control. It's about choosing whether to have a child biologically or to adopt (including taking down barriers so that same-sex couples can adopt) It's about choosing where to birth your baby and under what circumstances. It's about choosing the care provider that works best for you--whether it be a doctor, midwife or doula. It's about trusting women.