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…what midwives do on a Friday night

this is the little adventurer who emerged in a welcomed but unplanned home birth in the early evening hours of May 8th. I made it to Oakland in a record time of 35 Min. Miraculously there was no heavy traffic !  Once over the Bay Bridge,  I received an SOS call from the family.  The baby seemed well on his way but the babysitter for the first born toddler had not arrived yet. I made haste and drove my Ford Transit like a...

…what midwives do on a Friday night

This big boy emerged during an unplanned, but never the less welcomed home birth adventure, in the earlier evening hours of May 8th. I made it to Oakland in a little over 35 Min. on a Friday evening. Once over the Bay Bridge, I received a SOS call that he seemed to be well on his way. The babysitter for the toddler brother had not yet arrived  and the father literally had his hands full. It was a good time for my new Ford...

there’s a new kid in town…

Emotional moment for this little boy and his mother.  So happy ! but still stunned by a long birthing process. All mothers are heroes and all babies are figures of light. Happy Birthday to both of...

April 23rd 00:32 h 2015 Happy Birthday Forest

 I was just born in the comfort of my grandmothers house. My brother and my grandmother were curled up and sleeping in my grandma’s bed. My mother and father were trying to catch a little sleep before my arrival, and they briefly did until I decided to show up.  We are so happy to be together and even though it is still the middle of the night, we might all be way to excited to go back to...

Last Virgo of the year

Here is the newest arrival. A little baby boy, so new and fresh, he doesn’t have a name yet.He might be a Ferdinand ? Congratulations Sara and Olivier and “big” brother Guilles. Another baby born in the comfort of the family bed.He was born just as the sun came up.  There is a lot to celebrate and to be grateful for today. The arrival of a beautifully vibrant baby boy, the strength of a young mother who...

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 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...

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...

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...

Welcome

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...

  Natasha called in the morning of February 22nd. She has been patiently and sometimes not so patiently waiting for her baby. Granted, he came a little late.  A happy, festive feeling was almost palpable as I walked into her family home. Natasha smiling brightly through out most of her birth work. She had moments when she thought she could give no more but then reached deep down within herself and found the strength to...

Mama’s Helper

Danil at todays pre natal visit. Listening and counting heartbeats of his baby brother. Not easy to do a complete pre natal with little Danil keeping us our toes. He knew what to do and all I just had to sit back and let him take care of his mother.

February Highlights

This is little Jasper just moments after he was born. He had a very gentle delivery. His mother practiced mindfulness meditation through out his birth. Happy Birthday Jasper. Welcome in a family that has been waiting for you with happy...

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...