GoMidwife exists to train the next generation of doulas, childbirth educators and midwives. Our desire is to see birth workers equipped and released throughout the nations to teach and serve women during the childbearing years. Our focus is twofold: training and equipping doulas, educators and home birth midwives in the U.S. to change the accepted cultural norms surrounding birth, and to train and educate midwives in rural, crisis and developing world situations thereby improving care and decreasing mortality. In both areas our focus is to use birth work, as one of the most intimate life moments women ever experience, as a tool to restore dignity, express perfect love and bring life.
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One of the greatest crises in our day surrounds childbirth. No family, community or nation remains untouched by childbirth; from the richest to the poorest nation, none are exempt. Regardless of where you are in the world, women are having babies. Whether you are in the developed world where there is too much intervention or the developing world where there is too little...both are facing a crisis. The loss of understanding that birth is a natural process, the increasing rise in cesarean rates, higher induction rates, refusal for VBACs, and the ever present mortality and morbidity rates of mothers and babies throughout the developing world due to lack of access puts women and babies at risk each day. This can all be changed through education. If we can educate women, train and equip birth workers and raise up new midwives we will see improved outcomes and increased life. It is our desire to see women trained, confident and competent in the natural process of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, willing to spend their lives to see change affected in our generation. We believe every mother and every life is special and each deserve to be cared for through the midwifery model of care. Our mandate is to raise up competent doulas, childbirth educators and midwives who will challenge and change the accepted cultural norms and improve birth outcomes worldwide.
Amy Kirbow, CPM
Founder & Administrative Director
Amy is a midwife serving in the Pacific. She became a midwife specifically to educate and train other women as midwives, and to increase the education and training of cultural midwives already serving their communities in the rural and developing world . It is her expressed purpose to train women to go into the nations to serve, teach and equip other women, and to reach into crisis situations bring comfort and raise the level of care for mothers and babies. "It is the need of our day. It is the issue we face. It is the mandate of our generation to stem the hemorrhage of life from the wombs of women. It is ours to set right and we will do it." - A. Kirbow
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