The VCU School of Nursing and the Institute for Women’s Health presented renowned midwife Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, at the Younger Auditorium on Nov 7. Director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, Tennessee, Gaskin is also founder of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates in the United States. During her lecture, she discussed her views on the significance of midwifery, focusing on pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding from a fresh, natural and spiritual perspective. Gaskin also shared her views on home birth labor and its importance, the standards of birthing utilized at the Farm, and her own authenticated technique termed after herself as the Gaskin Maneuver.
The following three photos show Gaskin discussing the birth of a baby elephant. The last picture is of Gaskin, sponsors, and friends.
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