|Originally posted by Malama
Bugs me too, Lauren.
i recently read an article about her and she did credit the midwives who taught her.... but it still bothers me a lot. I agree that it's the typical white person thing taking credit for a traditional practice.... ugh.
Interestingly, I read Spiritual Midwifery my first pregnancy and thought her to be so amazing. But since I started studying midwifery, I've looked at her techniques and beliefs in a different light-- and frankly there's A LOT i don't agree with. But then I'm sure that if you put 100 midwives in front of me, I wouldn't agree with many of them.
That said, she has, and continues to do great things for midwifery.
I thought she was amazing too, and it was funny, my MWs who gave me the book mentioned it was inspiring but not a textbook for the way midwifery and birth works, and that it was easy to get caught up.
Since then I have found that many of her techmiques are highly debatable to say the least, I'm thinking of breech here, and yes, she is human, I agree. Joyce, I like your post and I agree, but as a celebrity, she is up for my scrutiny. If she is doing things I disagree with, I'll call her on it. It doesn't mean I don't think she's done great things for midwifery.
I think she really does view herself as the queen bee of midwifery, and that bothers me, but not as much as the "Maya maneuver" being called the Gaskin maneuver." Whether or not she is a celeb, it is offensive. I want to revise my analogy to be, what is Sting said he got reggae from Jamaica, and then continually called it and allowed it to be called "stingae" or something like that? It would be super offensive. Since I am a nobody the analogy didn't work as well.
A ton of stuff goes on at the Farm I disagree with, but good things happen to. Fly in breeches, not that I'm crazy about her technique, fly in twins, VBACs, etc. I choose not to associate the cultural aspects of the Farm with the midwifery aspects because if I do, I will completely discredit the whole lot and with Ina May's celeb status I think that would do a disservice to midwifery. Geez, I'm rambling again, I always do that.
Bottom line. Ina May is who she is. Human. The term Gaskin maneuver is still highly offensive and IMO it doesn't make her look better in this community, but worse.