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Natural Health and My Faith

I had an interesting conversation with a midwife friend at the conference last week.  We talked about our philosophies of health, and it was a great reminder to me that many people interpret natural and holistic living differently. My friend what sharing about her use of herbs.  She likes to use herbs with the women […]

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Upcoming Christian Midwives Conference

  In case you haven’t heard, next week is the 2013 conference for Christian Midwives International. This year it is conveniently located for me in Savannah Georgia, just down the road a bit from Atlanta. I’ll be there, and ready to see friends old and new.  I’ll even be helping other midwives update their skills […]

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Mother’s Day is Coming

Did you notice it is already March?  I wanted to get your mind set on a project you can do to support the needs of expectant families in your area – host a “Baby Shower” at your church for Mother’s Day. This can be as elaborate or informal as you choose.  Some churches put up […]

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Daily Bible Reading

Now that I have officially graduated, I’ve returned to my normal practice of reading the Bible through each year. I’ve kept up very well in the past two months – which is amazing given how unfocused I have been at the other items on my to do list. I have been excited about this year’s […]

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Learning From Job

I started reading Job this week.  I’ve always loved the Book of Job, the way it speaks honestly about trouble and problems. My heart goes out to Job, who so openly confesses to his friends that their attempts at consolation are pitiful. Because of Job I never use cliches or simple phrases promising life will get better […]

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Prayers answered

Just a reminder that prayers do get answered. I had lost my files due to hard drive failure. The retrieval company reported all the files as corrupt but were willing to give us what they found for a greatly reduced rate. When the files arrived, they could all be opened and my work could continue.  […]

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New Technology

I am so thankful for technology that makes my life easier. For example, I con now make blog posts directly from my phone.  This means you are more likely to get posts.  We all win. So now I want to know, how do you utilize technology in your ministry?

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I’ve returned from Honduras, and am using an unexpected break to update the main Birthing Naturally website.  As I started, a funny thing happened – I realized how much my view of birth has been changed by my learning over the past few years. It isn’t that I’ve suddenly changed my whole philosophy. It is […]

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Volunteering in Honduras

The next step in my crazy schedule is six weeks in Honduras.  I’ll be volunteering with an organization – teaching neonatal resuscitation in a few places and putting in some hours as a doula in the local hospital. Did this just get you excited, because you have a heart to help internationally too?  If so, […]

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Welcome to Summer

Dear friends, I hope your year has been fruitful and a blessing up to this point.  I have been overwhelmed with school and had to stop all non-essential work for a few months.  But the semester is nearly  over for me, and I am getting back to my “real” life. Isn’t it funny that we […]

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