Jeannine Parvati Baker

from Keynote Address,
The 25th Annual California Association of Midwives Conference
The Revival of Midwifery - A Rebirth in Consciousness

Like many of us, I have been praying with my ears, listening to midwives all around the world.
How can we (wo)manifest the vision of unity that would serve families?
Meditating upon the divisions between birth attendants, a vision came to me.

I saw a circle wherein the tribes called to heal the Earth by healing birth sat together.
It was a medicine wheel, with all styles of midwifery and obstetrics represented.
Across the wheel from me sat a medical doctor.
To each of my sides were medical midwives (medwives) and CNMs, seated across from one another.
We defined the cardinal points in the wheel, but were not the whole circle.
From where I sat, I could see directly what was behind the doctor, and visa versa.
To either side I had an oblique angle to view my sister medwives and CNM’s.
Then I realized why we needed one another. It is to keep us honest.
I can see what is the shadow of obstetrics, as the good doctor can see the shadow freebirth casts.
Nurses and medwives add to the bigger picture across the wheel from one another.
No one can turn around and see one's own shadow alone. This is how we serve one another.

All of us who attend birth are holograms in this Circle of Life.
Each has the whole truth about birth within.
When we bring our versions of the truth together, there is a finer resolution and multi-dimensional
viewing into the great round of being.

In my vision, we are sitting in birth’s circle, representing our various tribes.
Not my circle, not yours, but birth’s circle.
Each tribe, each perspective, is precious to birth.
Together the living oracle will be voiced through all of us.
Let it be the voice of what the Earth needs through each of us.
Remembering this always: What we do to one, we do to all.