There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.

~Pamela S. Nadav

Your Job Must Be So Fun!

August 23, 2016

This is the most common response I get when I share with someone what I do for a living. When I share that I’m growing into midwifery. If all we did was snuggle babies and drink margaritas, I suppose this statement might be true. But this job isn’t all baby snuggles, and it rarely involves…

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My Greatest Fear

August 1, 2016

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.…

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VBAC: You’re The Number One Stakeholder

April 19, 2016

In this line of work, informed consent and refusal is paramount. There is not one factor more ethically important than accurate fully informed consent. Without it, a care provider is practicing unethically, and patients are deciding blindly. Without it, it is far too easy for doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to steamroll patients in their…

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Rock the Boat: Call the Colorado state senators TODAY!

April 8, 2016

Maybe you believe your vote doesn’t count in general elections. That your voice makes no difference. I won’t try to convince you otherwise. However, what DOES count is your phone calls and emails to your Senators & Representatives–in your state AND in Washington! Whether you voted for them or not, EVERY phone call represents hundreds…

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100 Things I’ve Learned in 100 Births

February 15, 2016

So, my 100th birth happened last week, just before midnight on the 12th. 100 births since 2008. 44 doula births. The other 56 births were as a midwifery assistant and student. Those began January 29th, 2014–my late father’s birthday. The birth of a new life, and the birth of my midwifery journey. A significant day…

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Learning Curve

October 11, 2015

Homeschool. Husband. Midwife studies. CAPPA. Childbirth classes. Home management. Family. Friends. It’s a lot, folks. No wonder things, and sometimes people, fall into the cracks and get lost. “Can’t you just cut something?” Well, sure I could. Anyone could cut anything if necessary. That isn’t the question, and I’m not complaining. I’m entering a new…

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Menstrual Monday: Lunaception

August 14, 2015

Well, this is interesting. I’ve never even heard of this process. I think I might try it.

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5 Things Midwives, Doulas, and Postpartum Moms Love

July 6, 2015

As I was in the shower today, after two births in 24 hours–one in the hospital as a doula, the other at home as a student midwife–I was appreciating the perfect temperature of the water, the smell of my shampoo, and the utterly clean feeling I had when I stepped out onto the mat. I…

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Drink More Water: Creative Ways to Stay Hydrated in Pregnancy.

July 6, 2015

“Drink more water.” It seems to be the pregnancy panacea. Having a lot of Braxton-Hicks? Drink more water. Feeling tired? Drink more water. Having headaches? Drink more water. Constipated? Drink more water. How many of us feel like we are paying our care provider to tell us to stay hydrated? In Colorado it’s doubly tough,…

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Grace Under Pregnancy: Responding to Horror Stories

June 22, 2015

We’ve all heard the horror stories. The homebirth turned cesarean. The induction gone wrong. The horrible hemorrhage. Cracked and bleeding nipples. Breastfeeding sabotaged by circumstances. And more. There is almost a compulsion to tell these stories, and we are often left feeling a little dazed as we walk away. These are valid experiences, but hard…

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