As I was looking up the other posts to share with you this week, I found this one on social networking.  I thought it might be useful for those of you inspired to start scheduling interactions with readers and fans. I’ve been thinking since my last post about my Facebook account and other social networking.  I have quite a few Facebook relationships with birth activists, doulas, childbirth educators, midwives and the like.  Some of them, in my opinion, handle the strange linking of business and pleasure well.  Others seem to struggle. I’ve had friends who receive not so friendly messages and posts from other FacebookRead More →

This was originally posted on Jun 6, 2010 on the blog I destroyed.  This is the article I was talking about yesterday. I still don’t feel like it is “home,” but my family has survived the move and is settled into our new apartment.  Over the last week I have been reflecting on the lack of privacy afforded by apartment buildings and the necessity of apartment dwellings in urban areas.  Which made me wonder, are apartment dwellers less likely to give birth at home? As I type this it is late, and I am only up because the young men who moved-in upstairs seem to be having a housewarmingRead More →

This was originally posted on Jul 8, 2010, it is from the blog I accidentally killed. I have been thinking about this topic lately because of an experience I had volunteering at a free clinic.  Enjoy! Last week I received my enrollment information from Emory, the school that is going to train me to be a baby catcher.  Nursing and medical schools are a bit different than other schools because in addition to classroom lectures, we work with people.  People in healthcare settings.  People depending on us for health care.  This means, we need to not only provide all the information to successfully enroll in classes, we need toRead More →

I wanted to share a few secrets I have for managing such a complicated life.  Some of them may help you manage the chaos that comes with birth related work.  But as with any technology, choose wisely.  What seems like a blessing may really become a curse. My first secret is a Google calendar. Not very secret I know, but it does some fabulous things that keep me organized. For starters, it allows me to add things to one calendar no matter where I am. So if I am in class and get a text about a meeting, I can add it on my laptop.Read More →

I had every intention of writing something educational for you before I leave for the birth center, but the truth is I’m feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. I need to catch up on reading because I know I’m the type of learner that does best when I read the textbooks.  So the blog cannot be my priority right now. Which really brings up a good point – you need to know your priorities.  Birth work, any kind, can take as much of your time as you let it.  I know there have been seasons in my life where it was a joy to spend hours helping otherRead More →

Thank you to guest mentor Patricia for sharing these thoughts. I’ve served women for 30 years as a Birth Doula. Only in the last 2 years have I become aware of the known profession. At my age I decided to challenge my brain and pursue this arena of so called expertise in childbirth. At first I was intimidated by the some-what medical side of the learning process. What I had been doing naturally was now in question as I attempted to make my way through two certification processes. It amazed me that all the previous births I had attended would not be validated by this,Read More →

Today we have thoughts from two guest mentors that really highlight the things that helped them labor. Thank you to guest mentor Leah for this thought about preparation. My natural childbirth experience with Bradley method 9 years ago was the most amazing moment of my life. I was very lucky to have a doula at my side and a partner who was supportive and caring. I did not need any pain medicine, because I tapped into the Bradley breathing and meditation techniques. It was a more healthy way for my child to enter this world than the way I did – lethargic because of doses of DemerolRead More →

Thank you to guest mentor Kalah for sharing today. The best thing you can do for a mother is to help her trust the process.  If she tells you she feels like something is wrong, listen to her.  Her instincts are one of the best tools you have.  She knows what she needs, and if she trusts herself, she can lead you in your care of her and her baby. We had one mother who told her doctor that her waters had broken and that her labor was about to start.  He brushed her off when a cervical swab failed to test positive for amnioticRead More →

Thank you to Jaimee for being our guest mentor today. I had both my kids unmedicated, one in a birth center with a CNM and one at home with a CPM, but mostly unassisted.  I think the number one thing birth professionals can do to support women is to instill in them the trust that their bodies know how to birth babies and there doesn’t need to be a prescribed method for growing babies and birthing babies.  Therefore there doesn’t need to be a bunch of interventions (including pointless prenatal tests, required fundal heights and weights, checking heart rate constantly during labor, checking dilation, directingRead More →

As you look around your community do you see unmet needs of expectant families? Do you hope more advocates for normal birth decide to serve families? Did you know you can play a role in helping future birth professionals find their path, and you don’t have to start a school or become a trainer to do that. Your role can be as simple as becoming a mentor. The mentoring concept is pretty easy, you provide a space for someone who has not yet learned the things you know to discover those very things. While the concept is easy, in practice it can be difficult toRead More →