[Friday Wrap Up]: 12

Somehow this week off between spring and summer terms has whizzed by, and now it’s Friday…which means it’s time for Friday Wrap Up!

Some of the things that have been sitting in open tabs on Chrome all week:

Think Before You Breed, a rather incendiary title for an op-ed in the NYTimes this week. I’m not an ethicist, and I’m certainly not opposed to anyone taking a thoughtful approach to whether or not they want to have children…but still, the tone of this piece just rubbed me the wrong way. I think in general, people tend to make assumptions about what constitutes adequate parenting. As a future midwife, I imagine I’ll encounter people who on first glance may not appear to be ready for parenthood…or who may have motives that I would find questionable. As a midwife and clinician, though, my role will be supporting their choices and offering resources regardless of my opinion about them.

The Midwife as Status Symbol, another gem from the NYTimes. I can only laugh. And then feel a sadness that this is the conversation we’re having about midwives.

Are midwives becoming trendy, like juice cleanses and Tom’s shoes? It seems that way, at least among certain well-dressed pockets of New York society, where midwifery is no longer seen as a weird, fringe practice favored by crunchy types, but as an enlightened, more natural choice for the famous and fashionable. “The perception of midwives has completely shifted,” said Dr. Jacques Moritz, director of the gynecology division at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and a consulting obstetrician for three midwife practices. “It used to be just the hippies who wanted to go to midwives. Now it’s the women in the red-bottom shoes.”

And like any status symbol, a pecking order has emerged. Just as getting your toddler into the right preschool requires social maneuvering, getting into a boutique midwifery clinic has become competitive.

Really? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  But still, I’d rather be talking about how midwives can help change maternal health outcomes, or how midwives can and should be a more integral pieces of women’s health in general.

Hollywood to Black Mothers: Stay Home. Ok, one more NYTimes piece, I promise. I’m opposed to the whole What to Expect When You’re Expecting franchise anyway, but this was just icing on the cake.

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