Like many parts of the world, birth has become medicalized in Croatia. Two midwives write of their efforts to provide women with safe and meaningful births.
Iva Podhorsky Štorek was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She finished the High School for Midwives and has worked as a midwife since she was 19 years old, for 10 years, in a hospital delivery room. She is the secretary of Croatian Association of Midwives. Iva believes that she was meant to be a midwife, yet she was born in a country where independent midwifery does not exist.View all posts by Iva Podhorsky Štorek and Barbara Finderle
Barbara Finderle completed the School for Midwives in 1995 and was employed by the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Clinical Hospital in Rijeka, working as a midwife in the delivery room. She graduated from the Higher School of Medicine in 2001. Since 1998 she has been a member of Croatian Association of Midwives, and is currently chairwoman. In 2004 she was elected as delegate for European and World Associations of Midwives. Barbara advocates a more humane approach in obstetrics and the woman’s right of choice, together with a noninterventional and nonmedicated birth.View all posts by Iva Podhorsky Štorek and Barbara Finderle