Processing

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It’s Monday and I’m putting myself back together. It’s 1 pm and I’m finally beginning to come out of the birth fog. I got good sleep but it takes a bit to process out. I write a short thing every time about what I could have learned. It is always humbling but there is always […]

Abduction of a Sabine Woman

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I will not pretend the source material isn’t rather historically distasteful (Taking of the Sabine Women) but the form of the humans depicted here is astounding. What I find fascinating is the very mistaken idea of the prevalence of nudity in past cultures or in expression of nudity in life. Western civilization has developed more […]

Inherent Safety

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“I talked particularly about my feeling that birth is not the dangerous thing that it is set out to be. That, in fact, it is inherently safe and I believe biology tells us this. One woman, one baby, that the baby can’t survive without the woman. It takes a long time to grow a human […]

Formational ecosystems

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It is all the things we do to first time moms that traumatize them for the rest of their births. We have a fragile, formational ecosystem that we treat with impunity, then are surprised when they no longer trust or engage. -Shannon Mitchell

How?

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You know, by this time two weeks from now you’ll be holding a brand new baby. I know you say you’re tired of the stress. What I’m going to ask you is: How did you want that baby to get here? What made it worth it to you to make the decisions that you made […]

The Kissing Booth (2018)

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Inane teen comedy with requisite sexual context and little actual plot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bfS6seiLhk The idea of there even being a Kissing Booth these days…yeah, like that still happens. (Does it still happen, if so, I’m a bit worried…) So, beyond all that…the movie opens with two friends who were born on the same day and their mothers […]

Catharsis

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Catharsis is good for the soul. It is confessions of fear, emotion, it is pouring out the pain of something that affects us. It needs to happen so that others are aware of problems. It is not activism, though it can sometimes drive it. Activism is being in motion, creating a working plan, figuring out […]

Know

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Know that you are a midwife. Know that this is just one step on a path that began when you started serving women. No more, no less. Be who you are and go on to become the midwife you are meant to be. Never let someone else define you. Not by tests, by paper, by […]

Lending Library Policies

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These are in development. At this time, let’s just say I expect all books borrowed to be returned or paid for if not returned. You pay shipping up front to borrow a book. I only ship You return the book within 90 days or you purchase an extension for $5 a month. At the end […]

What is a “Guide to Childbirth” Anyway?

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It seems to come in various forms. There is the “Your pregnancy week by week” or month by month… Or the “Knowing your Informed Choices” The “The Ultimate Guide to everything you need to know” and the “Holistic Guide to A More Natural Childbirth” and even ones that imply you are a Thinking Woman, they […]