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Contractions: The Politics of Midwifery

Author: Inga & Rodante

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Contractions is a monthly podcast about the politics of midwifery. All contractions address the analysis and practical change of one political issue surrounding childbirth, such as obstetric or reproductive violence, care, workload, sexism or racism. Every contraction is necessary to cope with in order to arrive at the birth of a midwifery care wherein all pregnant people feel free, safe, and emotionally and physically supported. Contractions' aim is to start an international dialogue with midwives globally, to recognise our issues as shared issues, and to learn from each others visions, critiques and practices. If you want to share your own political contraction that you're currently labouring through, please contact us via Rodantevanderwaal@gmail.com. Contractions is produced by Inga Maria Thorsteinson, Vinny Tailor and Rodante van der Waal.
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Contraction II: Crisis

Contraction II: Crisis

2020-12-1534:48

In our second contraction, midwife and researcher Rebecca Ashley labours through the connection between neoliberal financial crises and the crisis of midwifery work. She imagines what a socialist model of midwifery care could be.  https://profiles.sussex.ac.uk/p187316-rebecca-ashleyAnd for more information about the Albany model of midwifery care: http://thealbanymodel.com Contractions is produced by Inga Maria Thorsteinson, Rodante van der Waal and Vinny Taylor. Contact: Rodantevanderwaal@gmail.com
During our first contraction dr. Elizabeth Newnham focusses on the constellation of power and knowledge in midwifery and obstetrics. Newnham is a midwife and academic researcher and teacher at Griffith University, Australia. She is the author of the book Towards the Huminisation of Birth: a Study of Epidural Analgesia and Hospital Birth Culture.www.researchgate.net/profile/Elizabeth_Newnham2 www.amazon.com/Towards-Humanisat…1605456879&sr=8-1Contractions is produced by Inga Maria Thorsteinson, Rodante van der Waal and Vinny Taylor. Contact: Rodantevanderwaal@gmail.comEDIT: In the episode we've stated incorrectly that dr. Newnham works at Queensland University. This is not the case. She works at Griffith University, which is in Queensland. 
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