What is True Midwifery?


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“You are a midwife, assisting at someone else’s birth.

Do good without show or fuss.

Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening.

If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge.

When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say, “We did it ourselves!”

– From the Tao Te Ching

Ruth Ehrhardt -Midwives & Doulas of South Africa - Portraits by Leah Hawker

I am Ruth Ehrhardt

a Certified Professional Midwife living in Cape Town, South Africa

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I am also the author of The Basic Needs of A Woman in Labour


My next teaching trip to Europe takes me back to Portugal!

In the spirit of holding one another on the path, Ruth, Samara and Alex would humbly like to share with you a carefully crafted retreat which aims at empowering us with the essence of True Midwifery and care and love for self and others as we travel precious moments in our own existence and the ones of the women and babies we care for.

For 7 days you are invited to Southern Portugal to come to learn, share and take time for yourself as birth keepers to reflect on your journey and our roles to keep on reviving the sacred haven of birth.

Limited places and early bird fees will be offered so please contact us as early as possible if you have a deep interest.

We have an Early Bird fee of 600 Euro until end of February 2019!

For more info on this course and to book your place see here

You can write to me via the Contact Form