|Koko & mama with Ibu Robin Lim|
“Where is the land where midwives like her grow?”, I used to ask myself. Is she unique or are there more? My great-grandma was a lay midwife and healer. But in my world she belonged to the past, as there is no lay or traditional midwives in Croatia anymore. Ibu Robin is Philipino-American. There are still midwives who have not abandoned the path of traditional midwifery, instead they have implemented it with new midwifery skills that include the obstetric science and medical knowledge of birth. This is the ground where Ibu Robin, as well as other amazing midwives, come from.
|Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today,|
Debra Pascali-Bonaro and other participants
I was wondering... If my midwife sang at the birth of my child, do others from the Land of Midwives sing to birthing women? Sometimes, when I tell the story of my experience of childbirth people look at me in a strange way when I say that my midwife sang to us. “Oh, how romantic...”, they sigh, like if this belonged to a Fairy Land, while they were living in the realm of the Orks. So, I asked some of the midwives if they sang at birth. And they answered: “Yes, of course!” “Would you sing to me so I can record it and share?”, I dared. “Sure, darling”, they answered spontaneously. They were ready, right away. I grabbed my smart phone and said: “Go...”. My first singing midwife was Betty-Anne Daviss, a Canadian world-renowned midwife, teacher and co-author of the most downloaded study about home birth: "Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in N. America” (2005). She sang a song she learned from traditional Guatemalan midwives. The second was Carol Gautschi, from California. She's also a songwriter, and she sang one of her own songs inspired by birth. Please, note how even in the middle of the buzzing crowd their voices sound so peaceful and calm.