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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...

Mindfulness based Childbirth and Parenting Prepara...

by becoming familiar with the basics of mindfulness meditation,  we train ourselves to become more aware of our inner and outer environment. By setting aside some time to practice regularly, we are able to largely reduce  our stress levels and increase our sense of well being. This method is perfectly suited to prepare for childbirth and parenting. It is a skill needed for the rest of ones life. I am aware that the word...

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...

A New Beginning

A new pregnancy can bring a multitude of blessings to us as parents and to our close circle of family and friends.We get the opportunity to get a fresh start with a fresh look at ourselves and our environment. We get to explore our habits and make them baby friendly. A small embryo  already requires much awareness and parental care. From the moment of conception you are together for good or for bad. Relating to each other...

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...