Because I am a Woman

This blog is about sex-positivity, sex-ed, feminism, reproductive justice, birth justice, intersectionality, and activism. Because I am a Woman features articles, news, opinion pieces, digital media, and original information posts on all of the topics and more.

Although this blog is run by just one person, BCIAW also works with several contributors to bring readers a steady stream of original and thought-provoking posts. If you wish to join the team, please fill out and submit this application

For more information about any of these things please check out the resources tab or leave me a question in my ask box! I would love to talk to you!

If you have anything you would like to bring to my attention or ask that you do not feel comfortable submitting to this page send me an email at: becauseiamawoman.tumblr@gmail.com

Many thanks to Susan of susanharkins.com for designing my logo!

Recent Tweets @@bciamawoman

A midwife is a health professional who works in reproductive health care and typically is associated with birth and pregnancy care. A midwife may have varying levels of medical training, but it is a common misconception that they are not fully trained health professionals. They may provide care through pregnancy, labor,birth, and post-partum situations. They can assist a birth at home, in a hospital, or at a birthing center depending on the needs of a pregnant person.

 Midwives have been an important part of reproductive health care throughout history, and are even mentioned in the Old Testament. Today, more and more people are opting to give birth with a midwife instead of a doctor in hopes of more natural birthing practices.

Midwifery as a more general concept can be thought of as a model of care. The Massachusetts Midwives Alliance defines this model of care as consisting of the following:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention 

There are many benefits of seeking care from a midwife instead of or alongside an obstetrician. According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, midwifery is associated with:

  • Lower maternity care costs
  • Reduced mortality and morbidity related to cesarean and other interventions
  • Lower intervention rates
  • Fewer recovery complications

If you are interested in becoming a midwife, there are several routes you might take, most of which require specific training and degrees. To learn more about the different kinds of midwives and training required to obtain the title click here.

Want to learn more? Try the following resources:

  1. pearlsncurl reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  2. supervillainessintraining reblogged this from aspectsofchoice
  3. hethran reblogged this from aspectsofchoice and added:
    The importance of midwives historically cannot be overestimated. From my understanding, one of the main reasons women...
  4. aspectsofchoice reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  5. thegingerycauldron reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  6. baronmagdalene reblogged this from becauseiamawoman and added:
    A midwife is a health professional who works in reproductive health care and typically is associated with birth and...
  7. thisotherpartofme reblogged this from becauseiamawoman and added:
    Midwives are amazing, and I love them.
  8. antigona-pequenita reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  9. everythingmotherhood reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  10. nocturnallilith reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  11. darkside-ofthe-moonmoon reblogged this from sexednerd
  12. klauriea reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  13. withthelight reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  14. sharea reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  15. withwomen reblogged this from sexednerd
  16. lolo-lovez reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  17. theninarosa reblogged this from quiettangledthoughts
  18. sexednerd reblogged this from bebinn
  19. theclarkknight reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  20. heyits-kai reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  21. factorycream reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  22. bebinn reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  23. emotionalhemophilia reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  24. thespunkyfeminist reblogged this from becauseiamawoman
  25. quiettangledthoughts reblogged this from becauseiamawoman