DA~A~LUZ was created by myself… Vanessa Brooks, I was lucky enough to Learn my midwifery skills in the same way as Ina May Gaskin, empirically “with woman” in an incredible community in the South of Spain. Over 20 years many many babies have been born on the mountain side with the support and love of a tribe, two of my children were born there in my teepee both beautiful births. I knew nothing of birth before living in this paradise but for some reason folk kept asking me to accompany them on their journeys! I became the midwife. I studied hundreds of books about birth, but it was the actually births that taught me and still do 20 years later to be with woman in her most instinctual, intimate moments this was a gift…… I thank each one of those families for trusting their bodies and myself to guide them.
My first experience within a hospital setting was to feed my passion to change birth….a ‘normal’ birth was it seemed the most terrible experience lying on her back this beautiful mother was cut and her baby dragged from her…compared to the ecstatic if often long and hard births I had seen this was truly a hideous event.
This fired my interest in looking at birth in other countries surly women in more ‘modern’ places were not enduring this experience? Well apparently yes! Birth practices across Europe were not serving families leaving damage and trauma in many.
I became a birth activist travelling the world with Midwifery today, Ina May and her fantastic colleagues, studying what were the root causes of the present birth culture.
What I discovered was that midwives were trained in a medical model not at all suited to good birth culture..From this realisation the Midwifery Oasis was born.