activism


all about pap smears
All About Pap Smears is presented in the spirit of sharing knowledge and information; all people deserve to know about their bodies and how they work. This piece is dedicated to Henrietta Lacks and her family. If you have never heard of her, please read here. I cannot recommend the book, The Immortal Life of […]

All About Pap Smears


Tools Of My Trade 4
Speculums, Clamps, Tenaculums and Scissors. These instruments are hard, cold, shiny and clunky.  These instruments are also Tools Of My Trade.  As a clinician, I appreciate them, use them for pap smears, rupture of membrane evaluations, placement of IUD’s and repairing of lacerations after birth. All valuable and necessary tasks. […]

Tools Of My Trade #7


Pearls of Practice 3
As I continue to share this series about some of my learned Pearls Of Practice, I am happy to share this Fourth Pearl. It is really one pearl that should be applied in two ways; to ourselves as practitioners and to the other practitioners that we work with, learn from and receive […]

The Fourth Pearls of Practice



This Brick
This Brick may seem small. After all what is one brick out of a wall? What is one drop out of the entire ocean? Well, now imagine that entire wall, on your shoulders everyday, day after day. Even generation after generation and then we might begin to understand the accumulated […]

This Brick


The Third Pearl 1
Let’s face it, as midwives we have an interesting calling.  It is profound, spiritual, demanding, awe inspiring and a little crazy.  It is systematic and mentally challenging work, to which we dedicate years of study.  It is also a complex, ever evolving work of art that we spend many years […]

The Third Pearl of Practice


the weavers 4
The Weavers Gathered. A room full of women, supporting, sharing and working through trauma together….. Close to one year ago, I attended a class called From Trauma to Triumph. It is based on the work of Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, MFT in their book When Survivors Give Birth. It was an […]

The Weavers



Now We Wait 4
And now we wait. This process has been long, it has been demanding, frustrating and exhausting. It has also been, in a strange way, empowering and it has fostered a stronger birth community. I am proud to have been a part of this work, to fight for families; so they […]

Now We Wait


Postpartum Depression
While this article was still germinating in my mind, I sat down in front of my computer to reach out via social media. I asked folks to share their experience with Postpartum Depression (PPD) in three words. What happened next, was something I was not entirely prepared for or expecting. […]

Postpartum Depression


Fun and Games
It’s all fun and games until its not! Working through this process to update our birth center regulations in the state of Colorado has been many things; tedious, inspiring, infuriating, hard-fought.  It has also brought together a vibrant community of birth workers and created a network of supporters. Personally, this […]

Fun and Games



Fighters 6
The Background Working the system can be challenging! I recently shared in my last post about the founding of the Colorado Birth Center Coalition (CBCC) in order to make the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) open our state birth center regulations. (Please be sure to check out […]

Working the System