May 2009 - Posts

20 May 2009
Developing a Birth Philosophy
A wise and important step in preparing for midwifery is to develop a philosophy of midwifery and birth. We once taught a conference class in London, England called, “Midwifery: A Profession Looking for a Philosophy.” My friend, Suzanne Colson, believes that midwifery is all over the board... Read More...
17 May 2009
Protecting Mother and Baby
I believe that midwives and doulas, despite their already large workload, have a duty to protect mother and baby. This role might not have fallen on us before such intense and dangerous interventions were used in pregnancy and birth. However, because of increasing misinformation, myth and medicalization... Read More...
14 May 2009
Trust me, It’s Safe! (Pregnancy and H1N1 influenza)
Pregnancy is now considered a risk factor for H1N1 influenza (formerly Swine flu), and consequently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has begun to advocate that pregnant women who develop symptoms of the flu take Tamiflu or Relenza. The intent is to avoid complications such as premature labor, pneumonia... Read More...
12 May 2009
Fear not; it is a miracle
One purpose of fear is to keep us from danger. Like a deer in the headlights, it we can be paralyzed by fear. Fear of birth is dangerous, because it can keep you from experiencing your miracle. Fears in pregnancy can also keep you from enjoying the life growing within. As you carry this miracle within... Read More...
06 May 2009
I Love Homebirth
When I had my first homebirth I looked at my husband Al and said, “I feel sorry for you. You can never do what I just did. You can never give birth. You can never bring a human body out of your body. It was THE most powerful, amazing thing I have ever done in my whole life.” Why would you... Read More...