I was reminded this morning how difficult it can be to actually be willing to grow. Growth brings change, and we are comfortable where we are.  Others are comfortable with us where we are.  Sometimes it feels like growth ruins everything. And lets face it, pregnancy and parenting is definitely a time of growing. I was challenged to see things in a new way, experienced “problems” from a new perspective.  My understanding was broadened.  But it wasn’t easy. I wrote this to a friend who actually brought this topic to my mind this week: I’ve found so much of my understanding of Christianity has evolvedRead 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 →

Do you have your conference plans set for this spring?  I know it is last minute, but I’m hoping you can work in a stop for the Christian Midwives International Conference.  If not this year, plan for next year. The conference is half retreat, half intensive education.  I enjoy the time I get to reconnect with friends from around the country, and it is always refreshing to see how the work I do fits into something larger than me.  It always gives me opportunity to learn how others are using the time of childbearing to minister to families. You don’t need to be a midwife…usuallyRead More →

I know many women’s groups offer support of a new family by providing meals for the first week or two after a baby is born.  I was challenged today to think of another way to serve families. Laundry seems to grow fast in the first few weeks with a new baby, so one of the ways to serve a family is to help keep the laundry monster within a manageable size.  I think the specifics really vary depending on how well the families know each other, but it was suggested that there are several ways to help. If the family puts in a load ofRead 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 →

I ran across this article from the CDC today: Breastfeeding practices: does method of delivery matter? Maybe you are like me, you want the researchers to say it doesn’t matter.  In part, they did.  It turns out there is no difference in initiation of breastfeeding.  It’s just that women who have an induction or a cesarean are less likely to breastfeed to 4 weeks and to 6 months. There may be many reasons this happens.  In the hospital, the nurses are trained to offer help and support.  While it may not be perfect, it is something. For many women this may be the most helpRead More →

I’m in a health economics course this semester, and I’ve been spending the last few weeks pondering the idea of insurance as a health financing tool.  I’ve never been a fan of insurance – I’m still young and healthy so even in years I’ve had children I’ve paid more in insurance premiums than I would have spent out of pocket. Basically, insurance is a risk pool.  I put my money in, you put your money in and if something happens to either of us we have the money to pay for it. There are definitely some problems with the way insurance works in real life,Read More →

I hope you don’t mind my sharing some deeper questions I’ve been pondering lately. I’ve been enjoying taking a new look at the Bible, and like any learning, leaves me with more questions than answers. This year I have challenged myself to read the Bible looking for the power dynamics in relationships.  Questions such as “who has power” and “why do they have power” have lead into questions such as “what do the people without power think about that?” Bi So this is my big question as I stay aware of power dynamics of what was written….If the Bible is written by men (and inRead More →

I’ve challenged myself to learn to have more compassion. I admit it has been an interesting summer with unexpected, but much appreciated, personal growth. I was starting to feel that I was mastering compassion, until today. This afternoon as I was preparing to make soup from a new recipe, I responded to the direction to “mince the vegetables in a food processor” with a mental, “Why would they do that?” I didn’t ask this question seeking new understanding of cooking theory or techniques.  In reality it wasn’t even a question – but rather something I said instead of saying, “I think their direction is wrongRead More →

A friend on a message board brought up an interesting topic last week.  She had started volunteering for her local crisis pregnancy center and discovered the information they had to share with families about birth consisted of two outdated books.  This ignited a passion within her, and I want to help grow that passion in others. I didn’t realize the crisis pregnancy center where I volunteered was lucky.  They had a full education program they offered to women for free.  Run by a volunteer nurse, she helped the women find the right questions to ask and grow their confidence in their ability to mother theirRead More →