A Midwife for Every Body is a necessary goal. As a midwife, I have a strong belief that midwifery care needs to be accessible to all. Midwifery has a long history of helping to serve the under served and marginalized members of society. Here are some of my beliefs in regards to these issues;
- I believe that race, class, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, gender expression, language or any other variable should not limit any individuals access to midwifery care.
- I believe that the difference between Equity and Equality is crucial to understand and that we must all strive for Equity.
- I believe that not all people who are born in a genetically female body feel connected to the gender expression of female and that the same applies to genetically male persons as well. All of these people deserve care that is compassionate, respectful and of high quality. These are hallmarks of midwifery care and therefor midwifery care is an essential option for these folks.
- I believe that opening the midwifery umbrella of inclusivity does not diminish or marginalize those already covered under the umbrella, it simply makes more room for everyone to be welcome.
I am a Midwife and I will work to incorporate all of these concepts into my care. I am a Midwife and I will work to make midwifery care available and accessible to all people. I am a Midwife and I will work diligently to affect change and support others on their paths to wellness and wholeness, in whatever shape that means for each individual.
How do these statements make you feel? Do you agree or disagree? What do you do in your practice to incorporate these philosophies?
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