Miles 4 Midwives

by Gabriela Murphy Goldberg

On a beautiful, crisp Saturday morning on October 6th, eight members of Mount Saint Mary College’s Bio-Psychology of Birth class ventured to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY for the tenth anniversary Miles for Midwives 5K walk/run.

The eight members included Dr. Uzelac, Brooke Formica, Kerilyn McNamara, Donna Delgado, Jessica Martinez, Jessica Burns, Kristen Maiberger, and Jamie Christopher.

Prior to the walk, each class participant sold bracelets with the phrase, “BIRTH IS NOT AN
ILLNESS”, to raise money for the Miles for Midwives event and its educational outreach to the
public. The class was also taught valuable information about the choices women have in their
birthing experience and how midwifery care can be a part of that choice. Midwifery care is based
on the belief that every person has the right to the following:

1. Equitable, ethical, accessible quality health care that promotes healing and health.

2. Health care that respects human dignity, individuality and diversity among groups.

3. Complete and accurate information to make informed healthcare decisions.

4. Self-determination and active participation in health care decisions.

5. Involvement of a woman’s designated family members, to the extent desired, in all health
care experiences.

The Miles for Midwives 5K event is coordinated especially for this type of midwifery education for the public and to bring a community of people together for a day of fun. While walking the 5K, participants saw a range of people, including pregnant women, mothers, fathers, and their babies. They were also exposed to a wide variety of booths filled with educational and consumer based materials such as midwifery school literature, a map of NYC that showed where all midwifery practices were, and clothing goods for women who were breastfeeding.

As a whole, the event was seen as a great supplemental learning experience and an eye opener to how widespread midwifery care actually is. For more information about midwifery care and the Miles for Midwives 5K event, you can check out the following links:

Midwifery FAQs: http://cfmidwifery.org/midwifery/faq.aspx

Miles for Midwives NYC: http://miles4midwivesnyc.blogspot.com/