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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...

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...

….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 tibetan buddhist nuns are mostly not supported by any umbrella institution. 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...

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...

End of the year…new years adventure

I attended 4 births this months. 3 boys and one girl. Three of those births were quite fast and uncomplicated and one little girl could not turn herself from a breech position into a head down position, due to her short cord…this is what we know now… so, she was helped out by a c section. Everybody promised pictures and stories… but due to the holidays, nobody actually came through. It has been a lovely...

Birth of a Blog

What does it take to start a blog… well, in my case it took somebody like my Tibetan English student, a professor of Buddhist studies, to direct my attention to this activity and the possible benefit of keeping this kind of a journal. tu chi che… means thank you in Tibetan. This month is the first quiet months of the year. not very many babies at all- which is a welcome break. I am seeing 12 pregnant women for...