Toni Kalushkova and Yoana Stancheva

Toni Kalushkova hopes to set up her own pregnancy school. She graduated in midwifery education in 1988 at the Medicine College of Varna. After that she worked as a midwife for 12 years, consulting and helping with pregnant women. After reform in the Bulgarian health care system in the year 2000, Toni lost her job. She and a colleague operated their own health care center for nine years. Toni tells us, “In our country the midwife cannot have self practice, but must be working with a doctor. Pictures from our breastfeeding action can be seen on my website: www.happymumsbg.com” She would be happy to hear from others about working on such projects.

Yoana Stancheva is a doula who is on her way to a midwifery degree in the upcoming years. She says she loves what Jan Tritten said once: “It’s a natural progression for moms to become doulas, and for doulas to become midwives.” This is very much how things have unfolded for me. Yoana is Chair of the Association of Bulgarian Doulas. Yoana hopes that midwifery worldwide will rehabilitate its status as a true science with its unique methods and skills. She tells Midwifery Today how she envisions the future of birth and midwifery: “I envision powerful women of the present looking back to gather the essence of womanhood, healing our surroundings, offering true recipes for healthy babies and mothers, cooking soul food to keep our families strong and inspired for life.”

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