It is great to see this documentary talk about the history of Granny Midwives in this country and the importance her role was to many communities. Midwifery is not a new term and having a Midwife is not a new trend. It was a natural and holistic way to birth a child and before the takeover of the medical industry, it was the only way a child was born. The Granny Midwives featured in this video were loved and respected for their gifts that helped the community.
Today, the interest in natural, holistic water birth is growing by leaps and bounds. Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen has spearheaded the initiative to rebirth Midwifery programs in the Atlanta area and runs one of Georgia’s most prominent and growing Midwifery programs in the state.
Like the Granny Midwives, Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen and the team of Midwives at Providence Women’s Health Care are highly respected Providers that support the growing interest in natural and holistic childbirth. Dr. Dunson-Allen saw a need to marry the ancient old practice of water birth with practices of the medical industry to create a safe and effective environment for families to experience childbirth with reduced to no medication. The proof is in the numbers; to date, the practice has a 88% vaginal delivery success rate and 85% vaginal birth after cesarean success rate.
“Long before Doctors and hospitals, Granny Midwives were the incredible force that helped birth America.”
Dr. Dunson-Allen is a firm believer in women having a voice in her own health care. She has pioneered a movement for personalized care where the relationship between Provider and patient is a partnership rather than a dictatorship. When a patient needs pregnancy care, she chooses whether to have the traditional medical care or the ancient practice of water birth. This decision is made under the care and support of Midwives and personalized to suit the needs of each patient.
Dr. Dunson-Allen is among many women who believe that the body knows what to do to birth a child and with a partnership of women caring for women, we can continue the legacy of all Granny Midwives that suffered the rejection and elimination of this practice.