Category Archives: Midwifery

3 sisters – 1 sister-in-law

It was 5:45am and I should have been sleeping. Instead, I was sitting on a bedroom floor with a large container of coffee that was having a hard time keeping up with my level of fatigue. It was still dark outside, but light was creeping out to the east and I knew that dawn was […]

I don’t empower my clients!

I just had a lovely 6-week postpartum visit (the final for this pregnancy) with a fantastic family whose first baby was born in a hospital – while this current little sweetheart she was nursing was born into a birthing pool in her bedroom. As we neared the end of the visit, we asked the question […]

Being Vulnerable

I have never felt as lonely as I felt this past week. It’s nobody’s fault, and I have lots of people who would have LOVED to have helped if they were able to do anything to help! But at the end of the day (and at the end of the week), I felt very alone […]

“At least you had a healthy baby….”

I need to write a blog about cesareans and disappointing birth experiences…but where to start? My mind goes crazy, racing to several different places and wondering where to start. I suppose I should start with myself since my personal experience came first in the line of stories I feel I need to share to illustrate […]

Prenatal Perineal Massage

I’ve been asked a few times lately during normal prenatal visits with clients as they get near term – usually first time parents, “So what do you think about perineal massage? And when do you think we should start it?” In case you don’t know what prenatal perineal massage is – it is using the […]

A Brand New World for Obstetrics

It’s amazing to me when I sit back and look at how the world has changed in the last 20 years and how much it has changed my own profession. I truly do think that the world wide web has probably influenced the current debates, division, and seeds of change that have invaded obstetrics more […]

2010 BABIES – a thank you

2010…what a year!! Ups and downs and all around – but that’s one of the joys of midwifery: it’s never boring!! I’d love to take a moment to say thank you to the miraculous moments I have been allowed to take part in this past year. LENA (1/10): You were my first baby of 2010 […]

Do I trust birth?

I have told many people in my office when they sit down for an interview and say, “I’ve read your blog!” that it’s a little embarrassing…this blog is ME, unfiltered, uncensored, raw.  I don’t edit my posts beyond a spellcheck – I sit down and speak from my heart.  If you read my blog, you […]


I made a decision to risk failing my “Practicum exam” – one of the four required board of exams I had to take in order to obtain my midwifery license. Yep, you read that right!! One of the four exams I had to take to get licensed, one of the exams that I would have […]

So you want to be a midwife….?

I regularly get approached by women who tell me, “I want to become a midwife…what should I do? I don’t know where to start…” So you want to become a midwife! Admitting that you have a problem is a great first step. (in case it’s less obvious in print, that’s a joke – so you […]