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Home or Hospital? Holding the Space for Human Birth: Saraswathi Vedam at TEDxAmherstCollege

Posted Feb 09 2014 10:02pm

I was recently informed of the teachings of an amazing midwife from Cananda, Saraswathi Vedam. Immediately, I went online to listen to her TED Talk. I decided to share this talk with our Prenatal Yoga Center community, because I believe it exposes some valuable lessons on how humans are most capable of giving birth and also demystifying the stigma of home birth. While Saraswathi’s lecture does focus on the idea of home birth, please try to hear the message about how external pressure and restrictions, crowded birthing rooms and unfamiliar settings and people changes a women’s comfort level. And how on a primal level, it alters her ability to birth uninterrupted. This is not a push for all women to birth at home. but perhaps it can give insight to those birthing in a hospital setting as to how to create a space where the woman feels safe, free and cared for.

I hope you enjoy this lecture.

Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, MSN, Sci D (h.c) is the Director of the Division of Midwifery in the Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, and founder of the UBC Midwifery Faculty Practice, Birth & Beyond. Over the last 27 years, she has cared for families in the U.S., the Netherlands, India, and Canada in a variety of private and public health care settings. She serves as chair of the Homebirth Section of the ACNM Division of Standards and Practice, and as Senior Consultant on the MANA Division of Research Coordinating Council. Professor Vedam is a committed educator who has taught in midwifery, medical, and nursing programs universities across North America.

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