Episode 11: On the Gift Model

A brief and only scratching the surface chat on gift economy; complete with lots of quoting of Charles Eisenstein.

About the Midwife and the OB

Can a doctor and a midwife get along? Or at least respectfully disagree on important issues surrounding pregnancy and birth? The One About the Midwife and the OB is a collaborative project between Maryn Green, CPM and Nathan Riley, MD that hopes to bridge the gap personally and professionally between medicine and midwifery. Listen in on these honest conversations between friends as they tackle topics in pregnancy and birth that are often divisive.

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  1. This episode resonates so much with me. I’ve done some gift economy birth work. One of my favorite stories around this was agreeing to be a doula for a friend who lived three hours away
    I knew somehow that the timing would work out just right and that she would go into labor when I had four days off in a row. I prayed a lot about attending her birth, because she couldn’t pay me anything and financially I couldn’t afford to do it, but I felt strongly that I needed to be there. So I agreed.

    I drove down on my first day off and sure enough she went into labor that night! (Even though she assured me she wouldn’t/wasn’t ready…as soon as I stepped in the house I knew she’d be in labor that night.) Anyway, long story short, it was truly divine that I showed up for her, she needed someone to watch the other kids until her mom got there and then I attended her at the hospital where she needed my support desperately and we avoided many interventions together.

    On the drive home, I prayed “Creator i did this thing i know I was supposed to do…now I have no gas money to get to work this upcoming week….you’ll have to make the money appear.”

    Wouldn’t you know it, a woman id worked for SEVEN years before in Portland Oregon had just sent me a Christmas card with a random large check in it…just because. She covered the cost of my being there to help my friend. I got the money I needed and I truly believe my friend was able to avoid a C-section they where pushing for in the hospital with my help. Her birth story is long and complicated, and her ex-husband was abusive, so I’m glad I was there for her.

    The other friend definitely paid for my doula services even though she didn’t know it! Amazing.


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