That's me with a few of The Farm midwives, recently from left to right: Me, Ina May Gaskin, Joanne Santana and Pamela Hunt. They are really amazing, and inspiring. I'm so glad I got to meet them all. For those who don't know, these three (along with a few others) have been midwives there for over 40 years, and have some of the best birth outcomes in all the USA. Ina May (who was awardde the Right Livelyhood Award, and who was recently introduced to the Women's Hall of Fame) wrote a few very very good books. If you're abot to have a baby, or just interested in childbirth, I highly recommend you read all her books. She is also very active in the cause of maternal mortality in the United States. You can check out her safe motherhood quilt project here.
With the lovely Ibu Robin Lim! She started a clinic in Bali that provides free midwifery services to women in Bali (and now Aceh too), regardless of their income or social status. The whole organisation runs on donations. Check it out here: www.bumisehatbali.org . She has also written a few amazing books about birth and the postnatal period, as well as a fiction novel and some poetry.
I'll be back soon!