Category Archives: NEW MOM BOOK

BABY SMILES

Your baby is born smart. Sure, you have a lot to teach your baby – how to walk, talk, ABC’s, tie their shoes…but your baby is born super smart! Think about all that your baby is born knowing how to do and it’s impressive! You get your brand new still-wet baby in your arms and […]

What bugs me….

Why am I not writing more in my blog recently? I’m not sure – I’ve started writing probably 5 different blog posts and end up deleting them because in so many ways it seems like it’s all been written before. I like the posts that I’ve made that are ‘educational’ – explaining inductions, Pitocin, episiotomies, […]

Pit of Despair

Pitocin – a very useful drug that improved obstetrics and gave us options to help women in ways we weren’t able to before! Pitocin – a very seductive drug that changed obstetrics, increasing risks to mothers and babies in ways that are often not even taken into consideration. Both of these statements are true – […]

Getting in our own way

Because of my passion for pregnancy, birth, babies, breastfeeding, families…and everything else involved in this ‘job’ of mine…many of my blog posts tend to be long-winded as I try so hard to explain different concepts and make it so that it’s understandable. This is actually a stumbling block for me! There are many topics that […]

EPISIOTOMIES (or “things that make my vagina want to suck up into my body”)

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES! Episiotomy…one of the few words in my field that truly makes my stomach flip. Simply put, an episiotomy is when a surgical cut is performed with scissors to the perineum (area between the vagina and anus) during the birth of a baby. My stomach flips just writing that…think about it! We’re talking […]

INDUCTION OF LABOR – is it for you or your baby?

Alright everyone…lets talk about inductions! What a big topic to tackle, and as I sit here I wonder what aspect I should take on. Reasons? Types? Risks? Statistics of…rates…history of….(it’s a huge topic!) Let’s just start at the beginning and see how far we get. With such a huge topic I will attempt to make […]

BURDEN OF PROOF

In this country (US), we pride ourselves on our “innocent until proven guilty” justice system. Why? Because the direction of the burden of proof makes an ENORMOUS difference in approach, fairness, and focus. If we assume you’re guilty, then we really aren’t in the mood to listen to what you have to say (after all, […]

INSTINCTS

I think instinct is one of the more fascinating things to witness….truly. I am often in awe and amazement watching how we are driven by instinct even when we don’t realize we are. You’ve seen it…you probably have even done it and not realized it. Let me share some of my favorite instinctual things that […]

Being a Midwife

What does being a midwife mean to me? That sounds like the start of a high school English paper. “What does being a midwife mean to me”? But I think that’s a rather profound question to ask someone! Think about it…ask yourself, “What does being a mother mean to me?” “What does being a man […]

Moment of Birth

I think we midwives can do too much at births. There, I’ve said it, I’ve come out and admitted it. I think we often do too much at births. I don’t mean during the labor (although I think some are guilty of ‘doing’ too much then, too)….I mean at the actual birth, the moment when […]