Spreading the APPPAH News

Past APPPAH co-president Wendy McCord is director of the new In The Womb Project for the Gladys T. McGarey Medical Foundation. Writes Wendy, "Our group is working hard to get a new paradigm of compassion and knowledge out to the universe." Their August launch announcement says, "We are made up of a group of women and men who have a deep appreciation and respect for mothers and babies. Each of us, in our own way has dedicated our lives to reawakening consciousness 'in the womb'." The focus of the In The Womb Project is to illuminate the vital and unrecognized first stage of human development—from one year before birth to the critical 24 hours after birth. (12/24) This requires a paradigm shift. When we understand and respect the importance of our origins we will be able to prevent and heal much of the pain of our humanity." Dr. McGarey will be taking this document and others to a meeting with Dr. Wayne Jonas (MD on Obama's White House Office of Health Reform staff) in September, to "further a more humane healthcare system."

U.K. member Patrick Houser conducted a webinar in September for Lamaze International entitled The Alchemy of Supporting Fathers During the Perinatal Time. Attendance was the largest in Lamaze International's webinar history, with 400 people gathered (online, in real time) from various fields related to pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Says Patrick of the amazing experience and enthusiastic reception of the cyber-event, "This is definitely a way forward."

U.K. member Tamara Donn, together with her husband Peter, an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) trainer, recently gave a 4-day training for birth professionals in the use of EFT to address issues of fear, loss, trauma, etc., in pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Writes Tamara, "It has been a huge success, and on the final day I paired each trainee with a pregnant woman or one who had suffered from birth trauma, to test out their EFT skills and it worked so well and gave the trainees a lot of confidence as well as really helping the pregnant women." Future courses are planned for next year. Meanwhile, Tamara who lives and teaches in Kings-Langley—a village near London—continues to train women from other towns and communities around England as facilitators of her Birth Art Café model of preparation and support for the journey into motherhood. Recognizing the need elsewhere, however, her intention is to "create a united group of wise, inspirational, non-judgmental, connected and supportive Birth Art Café mentors who will be able to take this work onward and upwards into the world, supporting more women nationally and eventually internationally into the initiation into motherhood and beyond, in an honest, accepting and loving way." For more info., visit the Birth Art Café website.

In response/rebuttal to the controversial AJOG story reported last issue's Media Watch ("Home birth risks under scrutiny in controversial new study") member Kalena Cook contributed to an excellent collection of other perspectives published in (the unlikely?) Chronicle of Higher Education, online version. Cook (with co-author Margaret Christensen) wrote, "Women seek a holistic model of mind-body-spirit and if it's not being met in hospitals, these consumers will seek it elsewhere. They live with their bodies, their babies and it's their decision. Hospital LDR wards could improve their care with listening to their staff's feedback and taking a cue from the hospitality industry. Critiquing home births, midwives and even those physicians who keep an open mind is like Custer's last stand on the hill of the lucrative birth machine. But keep in mind even the critics wouldn't be here if it wasn't for their great grandmothers birthing at home." Read her comments in their entirety (post #4) along with others, at http://chronicle.com/blogPost/The-Other-Birther-Controversy/26036/.