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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…

Mindful Living

As we journey through this world, there are times when we make connections with our life and all life around us. I would like to offer some mindful thoughts from my friend Ani Kunzang for you to take with you as you experience this marvelous journey through your life. My hope is that through the perspectives of other mindful people, you too will find your connections and in doing so will pass along your mindful perspectives...

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...

Gatherings: Baby and Toddler Groups

On Sunday the 2oth the toddler group will be meeting at Morning Glory Pre school. We will observe our children at play in this sweet Waldorf Preschool space Patricia has so generously opened up for us. I will be prepared to talk about natural remedies and homeopathics for common childhood illnesses. We will meet from 10:00 to about 12:00. Nobody send away for lack of funds. 10 to 20$ donations are happily excepted to support...

V-back News

Yeahhh for a V-back. Congratulations Shana. Not only did you give birth at home in under 4 hours start to finish. You were also told that your pelvis is to small to deliver your first baby vaginally and now you gave birth to a nearly 8 1/2 pound baby naturally at home. How wonderful! The sun was shining over your Presidio Apartment. Congratulations Malcolm and big sister Thalia. Happy Birthday little girl. Born 01/03/2013...

….about me

Now that I am wearing the robes of a buddhist monastic,  folks often ask me in which monastery I live. Then I have to explain that in this culture buddhist nuns are mostly not supported by any community. There is no special building that might grand us a protected space for devotional and meditative practices nor do we as nuns, have such a physical space to offer to the lay community, who look to us for support and guidance....

Midwife to doula ( spectrum of competence)

A little note by the way: I have been asked this question so many times recently that I find I should give it a little paragraph on this blog spot. I have a BA in midwifery plus 30 years of midwifery experience. sometimes I provide complete midwifery care during the pre natal period and spent a lot of the laboring time at home with the families, during which the babies heart tones are monitored with a small ultra sound device...

Baby Group

This Saturday the Baby Group met. What a bright event at my house. shiny, toothless baby smiles and happy parents. What a treat for me. We shared stories, and songs and talked about the highs and lows of parenting life How to find opportunities to continue our mindfulness practices as busy parents. We laughed a little and a few tears were shed as well. It was good to feel the support and warmth of the group. Next weekend the...