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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...

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...

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...

confessions of a shortsighted rescuer

As the oldest child of 4,  I was blueprinted to imagine that I must help others first.  I am still more comfortable being on the side of giving, which I now know is not necessarily a virtue.  At an early age I developed the guts to be a “first responder” and having a baby at a very young age,  further blueprinted me.  It only makes sense that this early habit would show up as a loud calling to make midwifery...

Meeting Melli, midwife sister from Germany

For months I have been looking forward to welcoming my colleague, Mellie;  freshly off the boat from Germany.  We both must have been a little nervous about meeting for the first time. We sat next to each other,  thinking the same thought… so this is her. We took a long moment to take a firm hold of each others eyes and trust was ignited.  Mellie left her native Germany to join her husband, who found work here in...

How to avoid a C section and how to accept when yo...

Consider midwifery care Midwives are keenly aware that pregnancy and childbirth are not an illness nor is birth a mere medical event. A midwife takes the time to get to know you and your baby and together you will make a plan for your care,  that is most suitable for you, your child and your significant other. Midwives are keen to prevent complications from arising early on by giving you supportive information. They are...

On being a midwife….

when I tell folks: ” I am a midwife” the most common comment is : “Oh what a wonderful and happy profession”… and I often think to myself…

Thoughts on a Buddhist Picking Blackberries

I have just returned from picking a couple gallons of blackberries in the cool of the morning. I took two of my granddaughters with me last evening to check out the best place to pick. My four-year old picked a few and ate more, eventually telling me that she wanted to go somewhere to pick berries where there were no stickers. I think many Buddhists including me want to experience the fruit of our practice without having to...