Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Midwife, Decision Portrait Series

(Above: Midwife, Decision Portrait Series. Stitched words: Delivering Babies at home....including mine. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. Hand beaded and stitched. Click on image to enlarge.)

Peggy Vincent is an amazing woman whose story unfolds over the pages of her memoir, Baby Catcher, Chronicles of a Modern Midwife. I was introduced to her over the Internet by Dawn Goldsmith who writes the Subversive Stitchers blog and also wrote a captivating interview of Peggy on the Crescent Blues website.

(Above: Midwife, Decision Portrait Series. Detail. Click on image to enlarge.)

For twelve years after graduating from Duke with a degree in nursing, Peggy worked in more traditional labor and delivering rooms. Around 1976, the "alternative birth phenomena" gained wider acceptance and Peggy became the first director of the Alternative Birth Center in the East Bay area around San Francisco. She said, "Quickly I came to realize that I needed to become a midwife in order to be true to my determination to protect women from the relentless use of obstetrical technology that was undermining their confidence in themselves." Since then, she's delivered more than 2500 babies....a had a child at home herself! Peggy has since retired but her writing and influence are still going strong through those she inspired. To visit the Baby Catcher website, please CLICK HERE!


Lynn said...

Another lovely story!!!!!!! And she's from my neck of the woods!

Margeeth said...

I always read stuff about giving birth in the USA with great interest. I live in the netherlands and gave birth to my second son at home!

Christine said...

Susan, I'm really enjoying seeing your Decision protrain series, and the interesting people you find. This lady is just incredible, I'd love to read the rest of her book. Thank goodness in Australia we have choices re childbirth, mid way between home birthing from the UK and medical intervention in the USA I think. I had 4 babies myself, I delivered the last one myself in hospital while the doctor and nurses were both out of the room, LOL. Thanks for sharing your work with us all.
Christine in cold but sunny Sydney

lindacreates said...

The Decision Series continues to intrigue me. I truly enjoy the stories and find the choices to be of great interest. BRAVO for this midwife.