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I hope you find this new website a valuable and interesting look into the world of natural childbirth, mindful parenting, post-partum care, prenatal care, family groups, and other topics of interest to you. You will find my musings on being a midwife  and the joys of caring for and helping new families face the challenges of parenthood. I offer encouragement and maybe some humor to soften the harder days of rearing...

New Beginnings September 10th 2014

Someone said the last full moon  was a “super moon”.  Folks often think the full moon is a good time to have a baby.Maybe it’s a little romantic to think that. Though I would say the full moon is full of interesting surprises.  I remember full moons during my midwifery training in one of West Berlins largest hospitals, that seemed to come out of  ER movies or a comedy show.  Experiences of finding the...

Buddhist Parenting

The Emptiness of Family: A Guide to Engaged Parenting. When we enter into the responsibilities of parenthood we welcome another sentient being into our mind-stream and open our mandala of practice to a fledgling life. This is no small responsibility, no momentary hefting of weight to be placed down later. We shoulder the burden of teaching this emerging mind how to interact with, and be prepared for, this world – This life...

Birth. A mystical experience

If we allow birth to unfold, it will unfold into an experience of solitude, which is quite different from the slightly sad quality of loneliness.Solitude bares the quality of self-reliance.  At this point of the journey,  many women get fearful,  as the mind naturally opens up and goes to a higher level of  consciousness.  The sensation of pain will increase with the degree of which we fight and struggle. If we have...

In the wee early morning hours, just as the sun began to rise, this little girl joined her family. Here you see her big sister Amelie and brother Luke welcoming her and falling in love.  Amelie was hoping to name her sister Grace and after careful consideration, this was the name everybody settled on.  No doubt, she found a home full of love and adventure. Grace was born in the year of the wood horse with the moon in...

Happy Solstice Baby

I am very happy to introduce Bryce G. Martins- De Souza to the community of SF midwifery friends. He arrived at 05:45 on solstice day and was born at home, right by the sea shore. After a warm welcome, he had a large breakfast, which he seemed to enjoy very much. Now him and his mother are resting up together, basking in the love and care of his father, grandmother and not to forget his “big” brother Kailey. Happy...

Happy Birthday….

Happy Birthday Romy Indigo. Congratulations Barbara, Massimo, Isabella, Elias and Guiliano.  It was wonderful to see your mother utilize the lemon tree in your families yard for support and your daddy massaging your mothers back.  ” Grand”mother Carla had come all the way from Italy to be here for Romy’s birth. While Romy made her way out into her mothers arms,  granny was cooking up a storm to be ready...

May 5th International Midwifery Day

For the past 20 years, 50 nations have been honoring May 5th as international midwives day.  A day to remind us to reflect upon the importance of midwives and their...

Learning about childbirth 1970

I had my first baby at the tender age of 15.  Yes, my mother gave me the option of having a first trimester abortion.  After many sleepless and tearful nights, I decided to stay with my baby.  Fortunately my mother respected and supported my decision .   I was very lucky to live in a small  German town, imbedded in a large and loving family system.  I was still in High School and school administrators thought it better...