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What I did with my winter vacation…

I have to admit, I wasn’t quite prepared for a new semester to start.  It didn’t help that instructors didn’t have readings available until the day of class so I couldn’t be a week ahead (my comfort zone).  What really had me not prepared was that I actually spent my break doing something for me. [...]

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Cleaning Advice

I was reflecting on the advice I often hear for pregnant women and housework.  There is nothing necessarily bad about doing housework while pregnant – no more than any other time – although pregnancy does cause some interesting challenges.  What I struggle with is that the advice is usually to have your partner pick up [...]

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Us and Them; We or They

I heard it again today, “They won’t let me….” Whenever I hear someone talking about “they” or “them,” my ears begin to perk up because I know there is more to the story than I am being told.  Here are the things that go through my mind. 1. Does this woman understand what she was told [...]

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Deciding What to Share When Educating

I’m preparing for two upcoming conferences where I will be presenting.  The first is a conference for Christian midwives where I will be providing a clinical update on menopause.  The second is a conference for nurse midwives where I will present a poster of my original research. As I finalize my work for these two events, I [...]

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On Touching and Being Touched

I am in the process of reviewing for my certification exam – the test that will prove I can be trusted by the community to be safe and competent as I work with families to maintain their optimal health.  This is such an interesting experience for me as I realize how much I have learned [...]

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Reflection

The summer project is completed and I am finally home. It feels good to be in my own surroundings. It feels good to not be surrounded by people all day. It feels good not to have exhausting hours. It feels good not to have to rethink what I am saying in Spanish or to struggle [...]

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The power of discernment

I am proud to be a supporter of natural childbirth.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to assist families as they made decisions about birth and parenting as both a childbirth educator and a doula.  But I’m starting to realize something that bothers me. The advice that I used to give as a doula [...]

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Differing Philosophies of Birth

My husband needed to run to a store today.  He selected a store in a large mall in a trendy part of town.  The mall has beautiful furniture, enticing little cafes and sushi shops, every popular chain you can imagine.  He likes the freedom to look at other things that interest him when he goes to [...]

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Recognizing Breastfeeding Problems

I’m spending time this week (spring break) to work through the postpartum study guide I need to complete for school.  In the process I found an interesting list in Varney’s of reasons a woman may be experiencing inadequate milk supply.  How timely, someone had just asked this on the Facebook fan page last week. So [...]

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Topical Treatments

I’m not really an herb person.  It’s not that I am against herbs, I’ve just never really felt the pull to learn much about them. Honestly, I feel sort of strange about it because I personally have integrated herbs with midwifery in my brain.  It seems natural to me to hear about women whose midwives [...]

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