Monthly Archives: March 2010

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, […]

C-SECTIONS: FEARS AND CONSIDERATIONS

I was requested by more than a couple of people to do a post on Cesareans – and since currently AT LEAST 32% of women birthing in this country can expect a cesarean, I think it’s a very relevant topic. So…let’s see if I’m up for the task! I have been to more than a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Random Blatherings

It’s late right now…and you know when you have those thoughts that go through your head but you don’t actually SAY them until you get together with your friends and say, “What I wanted to say to that jerk was, ‘Oh yeah? Well you look like you’re having twins, too!’ and pat his beer belly….but […]

Passion

When it comes to your birth: What is important to you? I ask because I have heard story after story after story throughout the last 15 years I’ve been in the birthing field/community, and I have found that the answer isn’t always what you would think. I’ve seen people whose passion lies with breastfeeding, others […]

MEN AND BREASTS

A recent episode of The Office featured a scene with a male lactation consultant (forgive me for not getting into details – I’ve never actually seen an episode of The Office). The online community, it seems, is a buzz with talk over this controversial idea. (a MAAAAAAN providing lactation consulting? Really?) It has also become […]

CONTROL FREAKS

We are spoiled in this country – and we are control freaks. (ouch…what a way to start off a blog post) Think about our typical lifestyle – air conditioning, flat screen televisions, computers with internet, prepackaged foods fill our pantries, at least one car…and these are common even in those considered “underprivileged”. Many have PDA’s […]