I had the privilege of sitting on a panel after the movie with two wonderful local midwives, Illysa Foster and Samantha Evans, a homebirth client, fellow doula Jessica Atkins, and (drumroll please), the inspiring and impressive Robbie Davis-Floyd, who is featured in BoBB. We fielded questions for almost an hour and a half, and my husband claims that the panel discussion was as good as the movie. I thought most of the comments/questions were very thoughtful, and I was extremely moved when a young woman in the audience said, "I want to be a midwife. How can I learn more and see some normal births?"
To answer her question for anyone who might be reading this brand-new blog, here are a couple of suggestions:
- Attend a doula training and start looking for clients. Amie and I highly recommend ALACE workshops.
- Find out who your local midwives are, and see if they are taking on apprentices, or are willing to let you shadow or assist them.
- View movies like The Business of Being Born. Nothing compares to the thrill of being at a birth in person, but this can give you an introduction.