The Right Livelihood Awards Recognizes Ina May Gaskin

The Right Livelihood Awards, which gives four awards every year to put the spotlight on solutions to global wrongs, recognizes Ina May Gaskin (USA) “for her whole-life’s work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centred childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child.”

From Right Livelihood’s site:

Ina May Gaskin has been called “the most famous midwife in the world.” A pioneer in a millennium-old profession on the brink of extinction in her country, she combines scientific evidence and analysis with her own broad experience in exercising natural medicine. Ina May Gaskin is a role model for midwives who still dare to think in different paths, trying to implement more humane obstetrics in their countries, and providing women with the chance to choose the way of giving birth that seems right for them.

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Melanie Mayo-Laakso


Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.

2 thoughts on “The Right Livelihood Awards Recognizes Ina May Gaskin”

  1. Wonderful! If I have a girl I would consider calling her Ina, that is how much I love this women. Her books were a blessing during and after my pregnancy. I dreamed of birthing on “the farm.” I believe that she was a major reason why I was able to be successful having the natural birth that I desired. Bless you Ina May!

  2. I completely agree – I had a wonderful natural birth experience, and I know that there were a few moments that could have led down a different path, but Ina’s words came to me when necessary, and I pushed ahead confidently. Ina is indeed a blessing, may her message carry far and wide!!!

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