Midwives: A Global Perspective — An evening with Ina May Gaskin, Sandra Lopez, and Barbara Katz Rothman on March 13, 6 pm at Macaulay Honors College

Presented by Macaulay Honors College and the William R. Kenan Scholars Program at Macaulay 

At: Macaulay Honors College

35 West 67th Street (btw Columbus and Central Park West)

March 13th from 6 to 9pm

Free and open to the public

As midwives gain increased visibility and acceptance, and with the popularity of films like The Business of Being Born, more and more expectant parents are turning to the midwifery model, which values the experience of women and humanizes the birth process.

“Midwives teach women how to listen to themselves,” says event organizer Gargi Padki ’15, Macaulay Honors College at City College and Kenan Scholar.  “Being a midwife is a way to help women take back control of their bodies and give them courage to be mothers.  This conversation is designed to share liberating ideas and skills that are often neglected in cultures of instant gratification.”

The panel will bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to examine the current state of the midwife movement and to look forward.

The panel includes:

Ina May Gaskin is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee.  She served as President of Midwives’ Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002, and lectures around the world to audiences of doctors, midwives and expectant parents.  She is the author of several books including the modern classics Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.

Sandra Lopez is the Director of Manos Abiertas, a holistic healthcare environment for women in Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala.  Trained as an auxiliary nurse, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive health care services for the country’s most vulnerable populations, including low-income and indigenous women.

Barbara Katz Rothman is a Professor of Sociology at CUNY, and on the faculties of Public Health, Women’s Studies and Disability Studies. Her books include: In Labor: The Tentative PregnancyRecreating Motherhood, and The Encyclopedia of Childrearing.  She is past president of two national sociological professional associations, Sociologists for Women in Society and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

The panel discussion will take place at Macaulay Honors College, and we invite the audience to join us after the program for continued conversation and refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.