I can understand that some of you may think that birth in remote areas is dangerous. And we have made it clear what it means for our women to birth in our communities. And you must know that a life without meaning is much more dangerous. -Source: The Conversation
Whilst having very little knowledge or contact with indigenous people, I felt STRONGLY that by my method of birth, I was returning to something profoundly lost to our Western “civilisation”, something indigenous tribes have been deeply steeped in (yet also their youth have lost their connection to it). I haven’t spoken of this to anyone because who am I to speak for other cultures (and I wouldn’t want to be in a position of cultural appropriation), but I definitely felt I was bridging awareness of two vastly different approaches to birth. This and the fact that it is actually safer for these women and communities and creates better outcomes than removing mothers “from the land” is potent. I feel passionate about creating awareness that birth is not without risk, whether in a hospital or at home. These Inuit women empowered themselves to embrace that risk and accept that there will always be unfavourable outcomes, however they lowered those negative outcomes by choosing self-knowledge over fear of safety.