Friday, May 20, 2011

I think I might have a hero here

I was surprised to read this article- Afghan Midwives Discuss Planned Parenting Methods with AF Medic
May I also add I was delighted? The first part of proper prenatal care is having proper care in general. How can a woman be expected to develop a health fetus when her own health was in question prior to the conception? I personally find myself thrilled in this development, not only from a birth and general maternal health stand point, but from that of a feminist view. I believe that women are equal to men, and they should be in every country, every culture and every faith. I can not support a view in which all people, no matter their gender or race are not equal. Women should always have absolute rule and authority over their bodies, having pregnancies back to back with inadequate nutrition and prenatal care is not good for the mom, the babies or society. There are many opinions on what benefits and harm have been brought to the war torn nations of Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. invasions... and I find myself wondering what lie on each side of that chart myself... but today, this is definitely one of the major leaps. I think it's wonderful that these women are trying to find a way to be in better control and care of their bodies, while still adopting measures that will respect their cultural and religious beliefs. I absolutely admire these midwives, and the medics that have brought them these options.

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