Across time and cultures, women's knowledge has included great wisdom about birth. That knowledge has been virtually lost in the Western world. In Western science only that which can be seen, weighed and counted is considered real. Any other sort of knowledge is discounted and excluded. Writing about the role of the midwife guardian, who creates and maintains spiritually and emotionally safe birth spaces, has felt like reclaiming something very valuable. This chapter gives words to the embodied wisdom of women and midwives and does so in a way that links that knowledge to other forms of scholarly and scientific knowledge.
Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship: Theory for Practice, Education and Research p. 21-37