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Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Jeremy Galvan, Midwife Advocate

8/17/2011 2:43:41 PM

Tags: Seven Springs 2011, Speaker Spotlight, natural health, Erica Binns

Get to know Jeremy Galvan of Maryland Families for Safe Birth. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

Jeremy GalvanWhy on earth would anyone have a home birth? We are going to discuss what a modern home birth experience is like, what a midwife is, what midwives are trained to do and how the midwife model of care is different from the hospital model of care. The presenters Jeremy and Antoinette are going to talk about the home births in their families and how they deeply impacted their lives. We will briefly talk about interventions the hospital commonly use and how, through education, a woman can take charge of her birth and have an excellent experience no matter where she chooses to deliver her baby.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with FAIR attendees? 

I am most looking forward to sharing my experience with home birth to husbands who are on the fence about this issue. I feel that as men we need to educate ourselves about birth so that we can take part in supporting our partner through this life-changing experience.

Tell us about your background with your particular topic. 

I am a paramedic in Maryland. My wife had a home birth for our son Samuel in January of 2011. It changed my life. I have taken on the cause of legalizing certified professional midwives in Maryland. As president of Maryland Families for Safe Birth, we are working to pass a bill through Maryland's General Assembly that would license CPMs and allow them to serve Maryland families in birth centers and in homes.

Why should fairgoers attend your presentation? 

I would hope that anyone who is interested in having children or having more children would be interested in this amazing way to bring children into your family. I believe that education is key to happiness. Without knowing your options, you have none. I hope to give an example of one option that women can consider when choosing how to give birth.

How will you get to the FAIR, and how far do you have to travel? 

We are driving a few hours from Hagerstown, MD.

What are you most looking forward to at the FAIR? 

Finding out about chicken coops. I am hoping to start raising some chickens in the next few years.

What advice do you have for attendees? 

There is so much to see at the FAIR. Think about what practical things you can learn which would be the easiest to actually do at your home. There are tons of resources there.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one thing, what would you choose? 

A 1937 Martin D-28 (a guitar). If that wasnt available I'd take my wife.

Thanks, Jeremy. We'll see you at the FAIR! 


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Courtenay Grabowski
8/21/2011 12:41:47 PM
Jeremy, it is such a pleasure to see a father pick up the cause of homebirth. When my husband talks to other fathers in the community, it makes those fathers see that it's not just something their pregnancy crazed wife wants...that other families have done it, and other fathers have not just "survived" homebirth, but actually embrace it, have read the statistics on the safety of it, and loved the experience they had as a family at the birth of their child. I am a midwife in Michigan, where we are also trying to legalize the status of the CPM, and it's wonderful to see Mother Earth News helping to spread the word!

Courtenay Grabowski
8/21/2011 12:37:18 PM
To answer tbrandt's question, we provide childbirth education classes because we are one of the only cultures where mothers have not attended THEIR mother's, sister's, friend's, aunt's, and neighbor's births since they were young girls. When a human does not know what to expect, they tend to extrapolate inaccurately as to the experience they might have. Fathers have never seen their wives work that hard, and have never heard a woman in labor, have never seen a woman move the way she does in labor, and seeing her labor can be scary, if they have no foreknowledge of what normal looks like. So, yes, sadly, "natural" typically does not need teaching...unless the way that most human cultures give birth is taken from us, and we are closed off from knowledge that our ancestors (and counterparts in other parts of the world) have/had.

t brandt
8/18/2011 12:40:59 PM
If it's "natural" childbirth, why do you have to take lessons?

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