Author Archives: Brielle

About Brielle

I am a Licensed Midwife and doula/monitrice in Austin, TX and a very happy homeschooling mama to my two amazing children.

Creating a Blessing Circle (Blessingway)


A Blessing Circle is based on the traditional Navajo ceremony to celebrate important life passages, known as a Blessingway.  Out of respect for the Navajo people I draw from this beautiful ceremony to create a Blessing Circle (or Mother Blessing). … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go: Note to Midwives, Doulas, and Mamas


The first VBAC I ever attended completely blew my mind. I watched a woman move from excited and hopeful to the darkest, scariest place of fear, to surrender, to extraordinary power and then to the softest, most tender human presence … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go, Part 3


We’ve been talking about how to get into the right frame of mind for having a VBAC.  Here are a few more tips: Get determined. Believe you will have a VBAC. Stay away from naysayers or negative birth stories. When … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go: Part 2


In the last post, we discussed ways to process the trauma of a c-section in preparation for VBAC. As you do that, begin to incorporate these habits into your life: Practice letting go. When your child or partner tests your … Continue reading

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Idaho Medicaid to Cover Licensed Midwives? How ’bout Texas?


In February, Texans for Midwifery, powered by over 100 midwives and consumers went to the Capitol to tell legislators how the state could save money and improve outcomes by covering the services of Licensed Midwives under the State’s Medicaid plan. … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go, Part 1


As an ICAN chapter leader, and as a midwife, I give out lots of information on VBAC.  I tell women that the research shows us that VBAC is safer than Elective Repeat Cesarean (ERCS).  I recommend things like chiropractic care, … Continue reading

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Back to blogging…


After a long hiatus from blogging, I’ve finally decided to get it going again. I think my friends will be grateful for me to have a wider audience for my soapbox soliloquies. So if you’d like in on the fun, … Continue reading

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