The importance of midwifery.
Marsden Wagner, MD, director of the World Health Organization for Europe writes in defense of the independent practice of midwifery midwifery (mĭd`wī'fərē), art of assisting at childbirth. The term midwife for centuries referred to a woman who was an overseer during the process of delivery. In ancient Greece and Rome, these women had some formal training. :
"It must be underlined at the very outset that midwifery is, always has been, and must remain an independent profession with its own responsibilities if the health of mothers and children is to be not only promoted but protected. Midwives provide basic and essential services that are simply unavailable through any other system of the health and healing arts. Any legislation, or the interpretation and enforcement of any legislation, which attempts to eliminate, unduly restrict, or make midwifery a subservient sub·ser·vi·ent
1. Subordinate in capacity or function.
2. Obsequious; servile.
3. Useful as a means or an instrument; serving to promote an end. profession is, per se, unreasonable, irrational ir·ra·tion·al
Not rational; marked by a lack of accord with reason or sound judgment.
irrational adjective Unreasonable, illogical , and arbitrary, and can be detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of up to 90% of all pregnant women."
--From the NAPSAC NAPSAC National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children
NAPSAC InterNational Association of Parents & Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth
NAPSAC Naval Atomic Planning Support And Capability News, 16:1, Spring 1991, p. 3.