Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The midwife's role in the wider context of sustainability
Carolyn McIntosh has posted a video called "All about stuff" by Annie Leonard. The video challenges us to think about sustainability in terms of the wider global context.
Now I know I am a heretic when I say this, but I was getting a little tinnie bit bored with the whole sustainability 'thing'; another means of controlling my life? I love my car, fast food and heat pump! However, I have been challenged by Leigh Blackall to think about how midwives can contribute to sustainability in a global context.
Supporting breastfeeding and normal birth are two major aspects of a midwife's role that is fundamental to sustainability. Carolyn puts it succinctly in her post in which she talks about the effect of elective cesarean section on resources. As midwives we do not need to burn our bras or go on mass hunger strike, all we have to do is do our jobs! The question is: how well do we do them?
What do you think midwives can do to promote global sustainability?
Image: 'rainforest' Ben Britten www.flickr.com/photos/29205549@N00/14782257