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Left to cry….alone

My oldest child, my son, is turning 17 years old in just a couple of weeks. 17….unbelievable. How did that happen!? Little shrimpy 5’1” tall me, looking up at this looming 6’3” man who lives in my house and shares my name but isn’t my husband. Finally leaving his room at 10:30am on Saturday, he […]

“Thank goodness I had a homebirth!”

Thank goodness I had a homebirth! My baby would have died if I’d given birth in a hospital!! Why don’t we hear women saying this? We often hear the opposite. Thank goodness their baby was born in a hospital because they needed a c-section and without that c-section their baby would have died. Their baby […]

The Best Thing About ‘BELLIES’

At Nurturing Hearts Birth Services (shortened down to NHBS to locals), there is a group that meets every other Tuesday evenings that we call the “Nurturing Bellies” group – a support group of sorts, but a social group of expectant and new mothers. It’s a sanctuary, an educational group, a free night out for some, […]

2011 – my deepest thank you

Today, the last day of the year, is always my day of reflection. I look back at all of the births of the previous year – reliving the triumphs, double questioning the disappointments, always feeling infinitely grateful for having been a part of each of these families special days. And, as I did last year, […]

Holiday Midwife

There are times when I feel like my clients know me way better than they have any need to simply because of this blog of mine. And there are other times when I am baffled and want to say, “Um, have you not READ my blog?” even though I know that they have. We are […]

MYTH-understandings

There are a lot of common myths that I hear regularly as a midwife – common enough I thought I’d toss a blog post out addressing them! Some are funny, some have a basis in truth…but some can be dangerous. 1. PREGNANT WOMEN ARE FRAGILE AND NEED TO RESTRICT ACTIVITIES: Don’t run, don’t jump, don’t […]

TRANSITION

If you are currently pregnant or have had a baby in the past….the word transition takes on a whole new meaning. For most women this is the ‘big scary’ – the part of the labor that so many women fear so deeply that they plan to offer up their veins and their spine to prevent […]

APPLES TO APPLES

I know…there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics” (according to Mark Twain) and I have previously written a blog post about what is considered “low risk” vs “high risk” and statistics related to that.. But this blog post I want to get people thinking about what they read in a different and more critical way. […]

CNM vs CPM

CNM vs CPM – is one better? I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts and Facebook messages and such lately being critical of non-nurse midwifery – and when I see the same topic over and over again it usually means I’m meant to write a blog post about it. First lets start with some […]

My Job?

Life and death. In good times my job is the most joyous…and in bad times it can truly suck. This morning I attended a beautiful birth in this family’s bedroom. Just 2 years prior I had attended the birth of their first baby, a daughter. With the rising of the sun, a baby (gender not […]