“Learn to be Patient”: The Birth Stories and Precious Wisdom of Midwife Francoise “Mamacita” Souverville | Indie Birth

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“Learn to be Patient”: The Birth Stories and Precious Wisdom of Midwife Francoise “Mamacita” Souverville

April 21, 2021

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With 5 children of her own, Francoise ‘ Mamacita’ Souverville, a Certified Childbirth Educator since 1982, began practicing midwifery in 1972, has assisted more than 2000 births in hospital, home, and nature, and created ‘Preparation for Men’ as a means to transform the attitude of birth in the family.

After playing a decisive role in the establishment of a maternity clinic in southern Arkansas in the early 1980’s, Mamacita organized workshops and conferences toward establishing midwifery legislation in Arkansas, and subsequently worked with the Arkansas Department of Health in forming their rules and regulations.

Having been published in two books, Special Delivery by Rahima Baldwin, and The VBAC Experience by Lynn Baptisti Richards, Francoise has spent her life sharing her knowledge, taking on apprentices, training midwives in the US and Europe, and confirming the tremendous benefits of waterbirth as established in Igor Tjarkovsky’s research on waterbabies.

Below in this week’s shownotes, I have included links to various articles Francoise has written for the publication “Midwifery Today,” as well as articles and podcast episodes from Indie Birth on water birth.

LINKS & SHOW NOTES
Birth Warrior Podcast submissions link
“Using Quinton Hypertonic for Postpartum Issues” by Francoise “Mamacita” Souverville
Midwifery Today, Issue 120, Winter 2016 (contains Francoise’s article “A Glorious VBAC”)
“Waterbirth? Yay or Nay?” via Taking Back Birth
“To Waterbirth or Not to Waterbirth” (blog post)
“Evidence on Waterbirth” via Evidence Based Birth
“What are Sheela Na Gigs?” via The Sheela Na Gig Project
“Sheela na gig: The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power” by Starr Goode (buy book on Amazon)
“The VBAC Experience: Birth Stories by Parents and Professionals” by Lynn Baptisti and Michel Odent (buy book on Amazon)
“Special Delivery” by Rahima Baldwin (buy book on Amazon)
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