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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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Technology can be my friend

I have been forgetting to tell the blog to accept posts from my phone. But I have it set up now and this can make it easier to keep everything updated. Well, except I hate typing on a phone. “my phone will take dictation. but it seems I have to go back and change the […]

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Final Exams

I have been trying to get ready for final exams to begin next week.  Not terribly traumatic for me, just time consuming.  Anyway, I had to take a quiz tonight – and I had studied, dutifully prepared.  I even spent 45 minutes reviewing the material before I took the quiz and told myself I understood […]

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Apartment Birthing

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 […]

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Health Care, Health Insurance and Health History

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 […]

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What a mom needs

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 […]

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