Power of Choice 4
I have some soap boxes to get on today. There is a lot of “doctor or hospital blaming” that can happen in the natural childbirth community. Some of it is deserved and some of it is not. What is becoming clear to me is that for any real change to […]

Power of Choice

Nitrous for Labor 11
****I do not want this to become a discussion on the safety of nitrous for labor.  I am wanting to have a discussion about the philosophy of using something like nitrous.**** Several months ago my birth center started offering Nitrous Oxide (N2O) for the use of pain management in labor. […]

Nitrous for Labor. Yes, No or Don’t Know?

Birth is Elemental 9
  This work, the work of being a midwife, is elemental. Birth itself is elemental; primordial and ancient, rooted in the origins of our species.  In our modern world with all of our conveniences, it can be easy to forget that we are creatures of this natural world. Birth brings […]

Birth is Elemental

300 Babies! Once again, I am honored and humbled to be in this position serving women and their families. I am eternally grateful for my own family who make it possible for me to do what I love; particularly my amazing husband who is my rock and my own Mother […]

Midwife Outcomes, 300 Babies Later

  Or, Laughing Through Transition. Every birth, every woman, every family and every baby are different. Some birth songs are fierce, some are soft, some songs are shy and some are boisterous. Each one is unique. The wonderful Ina May Gaskin has noted that the cervix and the mouth/jaw/throat are intimately […]

Laughing Through Transition; Aquarium Nets and Naked Men

Our Government in Action
I recently attended the national American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) conference in Washington DC. Part of the conference was a Lobby Day, where attendees visited their state representatives in person to educate them on birth centers and issues that we face.  It was a great experience, myself and the owner […]

Our Government in Action?….

Life of a Midwife 2
This life, the life of a midwife,  is not for the faint of heart that is for sure! Here are some examples of issues often not talked about…. My low beam headlights are out, they have been out. I have been driving at night with the high beams. When will […]

Life Of A Midwife: Struggles

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This life–the Life of a Midwife demands our attention, respect, joy, sacrifice and commitment. Midwives must remain vigilant and open to all the experiences that this path presents us. The phone rang, I am hopeful that it is a client in labor. It has been a couple weeks since I […]

Life Of A Midwife: Fluidity

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I have been having a lot of random thoughts lately, so I decided to just list them all together as things that you experience, say and feel as a midwife. Perhaps it will become a little series called Life of a Midwife. Hope you enjoy installment #1 🙂 Midwives talk about sex […]

Life Of A Midwife

Wow! I am very excited to share that two articles of mine were accepted for publication in the magazine Midwifery Today. For me, this is a huge honor. As fledgling nurse and then midwife, this publication was a powerful source of inspiration for me.  There are no electronic links to […]

Midwifery Today