Rediscovering the wisdom of the midwives

Mention the name death doula and people look somewhat mystified, as if one is talking a foreign language.  As it turns out, there is nothing mysterious about it at all.  On the one hand it turns out to be a special calling for some people who have recognised a need in end-of-life care that the funeral industry cannot meet.  On the other hand it is a reverting back to ages past when every street and village would have been able to call the midwife as it were – in this case a death midwife.

Caroline Baum answers her own question Why are we so afraid of death? (Women’s Weekly, October 2017, page 90) as she talks with three practicing midwives who have made it their business to be available to do what few others feel able to do – walk the dying and their family’s home.

Read the full story at: https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-australian-womens-weekly/20170907/282312500215706      For more in the same vein these additional posts might come in handy … http://www.nowtolove.com.au/news/latest-news/call-the-death-midwife-1-13622 ; http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/australias-angels-of-death-the-women-changing-how-we-enter-the-afterlife/news-story/6b604035ffb821adf7c0c36683c02c59 ;https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/03/death-doulas-women-who-stay-by-your-side-to-the-end

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