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Maggie’s Birth


Check out this sweet birth from back in January 2012. My daughter had the best feedback. “Aw, it’s Maggie. Wow, mom, you have nice hands.” Maggie\’s Birth      

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July VBAC class!


By request we are doing a 1-day class this month, instead of our usual 3-week series. Saturday, July 30th from 10am-4pm (or maybe 5). We will share a potluck lunch with informal sharing while we eat. The class is interactive … Continue reading

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Celebrating International Day of the Midwife


Today midwives and supporters around the world gathered for a symbolic “Walk to Durban.” Next month, midwives from around the world will gather in Durban at the ICM Triennial Congress to discuss ensuring that midwives are part of the solution … Continue reading

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VBAC Story: The Birth of Oliver William


Since my last post was about improving hospital-based maternity care, today I’m posting a birth story that is a perfect example of how maternity care should look. Heather hired me as a monitrice because she felt safest in the hospital, … Continue reading

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Cesarean Epidemic Conclusion: Homebirth is Not the Only Answer


We need to work to improve hospital-based maternity care. There are models in the US and around the world for good maternity care. Yes, there are hospitals that have <15% cesarean rates, high VBAC rates, offer breech and twin vaginal … Continue reading

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The Cesarean Epidemic, Part 3: Positive Birth Stories


In my last post, I discussed the importance of telling our children their birth stories. Today, let’s talk about telling others our birth stories. When we are pregnant or have just birthed, our hearts are wide open. When people tell … Continue reading

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The Cesarean Epidemic, Part 2: Birthday Birth Stories


So, after an awesome weekend with dear friends and a super fun trip to Old City Park in Dallas, my mind is clear and I’m ready to tackle this issue. A dear client, got me thinking about birthdays and birth … Continue reading

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The Cesarean Epidemic


In continuing to discuss VBAC in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM), I was planning to write about skyrocketing cesarean rates. In my life before kids, I worked in public health, and I always get a little excited when I … 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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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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