I received a comment from a reader on the Birthing Naturally Midwife Mentor Blog.  I moved it here to allow better discussion in a more appropriate forum.  Here is the comment I received. Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your reply a little while back to my comments about Eve’s curse and the Jackie Mize book etc. I wasn’t going to write again but I recently read the statistic that 1 in 13 women in Cameroon will die giving birth this year and I got thinking again. This fact and also the many women who suffer from the after effects of very difficult births, causes me toRead More →

Today is the first day of a big summer project.  I will be updating the Lord of Birth, and if time permits I’ll also update 40 weeks.  This is a relief, and a sadness. A relief because the books were an amateur effort from the start — my personal prayer journals — that I only published because of the prompting of friends.  The topics deserve a better treatment and higher quality than I could do ten years ago. A sadness because I have a feeling there are some women who will prefer the books as they were originally written, and who will feel someone slightedRead More →

I made the startling discovery last week that the blog was “down”.  I had intended to write something quick and get back to my school work, so you can imagine just how annoying that was.  I did what any busy woman would do.  I ignored it. I don’t pay too much attention to the website anymore.  I use programs that take care of most of the work for me, so I haven’t kept up with the coding knowledge I need to fix issues when they arise. The last time I had a blog problem, I lost the whole blog.  I didn’t have time for thisRead More →

I’m starting to avoid social media. I do like the ability to share the ins and outs of my daily life with my family and close friends (who all live hundreds of miles from me). I just find the conversations and sharing of blog posts disruptive to my extended friendships. No matter how hard I try, it is nearly impossible not to start thinking differently about a person after I have seen a few of the things she “shares” on social media. This wouldn’t be so bad if what people were sharing were real questions and thoughts they had as they struggled through this ministryRead More →

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 Bible read through.  I chose an edition that is organized chronologically, which is one of my favorite reading plans.  But more importantly, I have been given eyes to finally see things other than issues of parenting, pregnancy and birth.  I know it sounds weird, but before starting nursing school IRead More →

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.  How amazing is our God?Read More →

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 that my understanding of the problems women face has been expanded.  Let’s face it, when you are an independent childbirth educator or doula you pretty much see one kind of woman – the kind who does research to make informed decisions and has enough freedom in her life to actRead More →

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 have a “real” life – one which we believe happens, or should happen, or that we want to happen; and we have the life we actually live that seems like it is only distracting us from our “real” lives. So I take that back.  I have been living my “real”Read More →

Here it is October, and I’ve just realized I haven’t posted for my readers since the end of July!  So sorry! I’m busy in school, full time in the school of nursing and the school of public health this semester.  I’m doing OK so far, but because of technical problems with the school I haven’t started my clinicals yet! This basically means I will need to be in school for an additional semester, and I don’t know what that will do to my financial aid status so please be praying about that.  I’m actually more concerned about how I will get all my work done once clinicalsRead More →

As I was packing for our trip to Nairobi this morning I was struck by my malarone tablets. If you’ve never traveled to a place where malaria is endemic, you’ve likely never heard of this medication. It prevents the parasite (malaria is not caused by a bacteria but rather a parasite with a rather complicated life cycle) from successfully invading my body. As I looked at the bottle I started thinking of the line of Christian thinking that teaches the avoidance of medications. There are several different reasons depending on your particular line of thinking.  Some feel healing comes only from God, and medications takeRead More →