Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
3pm Mom and baby screening of The Business of Being Born
with Q and A
with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
5:15pm Hour of Activism with Dr. Laura Norrell from St. Luke's and a representative of Homestyle Midwifery.
How can you help!
7pm Main screening of The Business of Being Born
with Q and A
with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
9pm Par-teh!! Premiere party at a nearby venue (still thinking-we're picky!) with Ricki and Abby and the SF birth community (You!!)
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Sunday, November 18, 2007
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thank you MANA, ICTC and Florida midwives for a beautiful and inspiring conference. It was an honor to be among you!
from Emily, Michelle, Elizabeth and Ruth
Mirala por donde viene,
Mirala por donde llega
La Virgen de la Barquera.
Ya se van marineros,
ya llevan el muelle,
Que la reina del cielo embarcar quiere.
From MJ Hanafin, CNM, Homeopath from England--
Wow, so good to be back into the energy of my sister midwives, you and wise ones too. I have been a 24/7 carer for my lovely mum for the last 3 plus years after she had a severe stroke leaving her totally paralyzed accept for her right arm. She can talk which is quite a blessing. It's lonely, hard work but she has a great sense of humor and she is very sweet and grateful. So, tho it's hard work, I wouldn't wish it to be anything else. But getting an energy boost from "my women" now and again keeps my spirits up and batteries recharged to give my mother the care she deserves. Blessings to you all, MJ
From Nancy Rotecki, NP, CNM, MPH from Seattle, WA
This is my first blog experience-being a midwife working in women's health for the Seattle Public Health department. I dearly miss my midwifery practice of 22 years at the Health Dept, but love the diverse clients I see day to day. The issue is affordable health care; this is an ever present concern for the women I serve. I hope we can effect this idea that health care is our right in my life time.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thank you so much to Diane Holzer for dedicating 20 years to the MANA Board! She has been tireless in her work and visioning for the future of midwifery in the US and internationally. Gera Simpkin will be looking forward with the rest of the MANA board to more ways of promoting midwifery for all women.
The Midwives Alliance is IN CHARGE!
The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) is committed to increasing access to midwifery, through research, public education, and public initiatives. We are the only grant-making, midwifery-related organization in the country.
Please support our work and help our vision become a reality: that midwifery is available, affordable and respected; and birth has been returned to women, families and normalcy.
Visit FAM at www.formidwifery.org.
-- submitted by Priya Morganstern, FAM Board member extraordinaire
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Noah joins his super big brothers, Joshua and Zachary, all born at home to midwife Lisa de la Fuente and Brian Colety.
Monday, October 8, 2007
lovely photo of Orion with his proud parents. I recently came across something an MD said at the end of his post to a list serv,
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I worried about this.
I worried that I would miss the "me" time.
I worried that I would get bored, get anxious, wish I hadn't had a baby.
Even my step mother said over and over, "We'll see how you do when you are a Mom and are no longer in control over your whole life." I was worried.I had my baby boy on July 8th of this year. Birthed him at home in an amazing birth. And two months later, even during a week of being totally sick, even though my body was warm with fever and my throat was so sore I could barely swallow I held him fiercely to my breast, to my heart with a love that I never experienced in my life. And when my breast or my body or my voice lulled him calm it made me feel more alive and well then I have ever felt. I do not miss "me" time. I miss the hours I spend away from him. I dread going back to work with a heart breaking ache.
Although my sentences are often half finished, my well planned life is constantly interrupted, and the hours reel one into the next with little sense of day and night and no difference between week day and weekend, nothing else makes me feel this way, nothing else makes me feel so desperately in love, so desperately ALIVE.
I used to wake at 5am to go to the gym, then to work, then to dates with friends or my partner, then to bed. Now I wake at 2, at 5, at 7 to feed my son. Now my favorite part of my day is our afternoon nap. I crave these hours together when I can breathe in his breath next to my cheek, his little heart beating fast next to mine. He is asleep; a smile comes over his face, then a frown. He wakes with urgent cries for food. I feed him and he smiles, his face covered with my milk. He giggles as he gazes right into my eyes. He is totally at peace, totally content, totally loved. I am totally at peace, totally content, totally loved.
And until I first felt his warm, wet, sticky skin, I never was sure I could give up my sense of self centeredness, my need for my own time first, my need for my own needs first. How would I ever give up the long weekend days I spent running, biking, shopping, walking and being alone, the long weekends I spent with my partner? How would I compromise up my work?
And now all at once I don't even need to think about it - it just is all I want, he is all I want.
Becoming a mother has opened me to new places in my heart and to a joy so intense it makes me gasp. Maybe I am not "motherly", but I am a mother in love. --Niko Everett
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
By Brandi Bernazzani
Monday, September 3, 2007
Here is the link to the Today's Show.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
My, my, I've been on vacation and have fallen off of the blogging band wagon. So much to say, so many babies to welcome. Here's our first.
Welcome to Baelen Welborn Raphaely, born at home on August 12, 2007 after a long and courageous labor. Congratulations to Sarah and Dorth for their hard work and perseverence! Much gratitude to Sue Baelen and Michelle Welborn, the midwives in charge, who were honored with this baby's name. The miracle of birth has the power to create community and connections that are deeper than we can ever guess. Every birth is a wondrous event and we are lucky to be called to be present.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
It is distressing to see that some obstetricians and public officials refuse to acknowledge the medical literature on the topic of home birth. Planned home birth with a skilled midwife in attendance has been shown many times to be a safe and reasonable option for low-risk women. (See, for example, the study published in the British Medical Journal, June 18, 2005: “Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America”).
National certification is currently available to midwives, as is licensure in many states. With the high rates of unnecessary Caesarean sections in most hospitals across the country — and the well-documented problems associated with surgical deliveries — it is more important than ever to preserve safe choices in childbearing that have the potential to reduce unnecessary interventions and their attendant risks.
Both home births and hospital births carry specific risks, and women who seek to reduce the likelihood of unnecessary medical interventions should be able to choose the home birth (or free-standing birth center) option.
As our obstetrician consultants for our forthcoming book on pregnancy and birth would agree, it is simply a myth that having a baby in the hospital will guarantee a better outcome for mother and/or baby.
Executive director, Our Bodies Ourselves
Monday, August 13, 2007
Thank you to Rachel, Julianna and Lorraine Cambria for being the most fabulous focus group for the upcoming movie on Natural Childbirth, "It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth." Rachel, 17, says that it definitely changed her outlook on natural childbirth. Juliana, 11, wanted to know if the babies were really born in the water. Lorraine says that she is reminded about how much she wanted to have a water birth 17 years ago with the birth of her daughter. The movie will be released in October 2007 so stay tuned for more.
Live from Long Island!
Welcome to the world to Scarlet Shir-Lin Shinkle, born on August 10, 2007 at 6:43am. Congratulations to proud parents Emily and Andy, you have joined the circle of parents!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
We are proud and thrilled to announce the birth on August 9, 2007 at 6:56 a.m. of Dominic Price Witham, born naturally at home after 29 hours of labor and weighing 9 lbs. 4 oz. and measuring 21 3/4" long.
We are all doing just great!
Karen, Bill, and Dominic
Monday, August 6, 2007
Cozy has an amazing little sister!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Miss Simone Handler Andrade took her first breath at 4:19pm on Wednesday August 1st. She was born at home weighing 8 lbs, 2oz and is 21 1/2 inches tall.
Mother and baby are healthy and happy, and big sister wants to "hold Simone peeeeeeez."
Birth has that big way of bringing us to a vulnerable place where we learn alot. Rebecca took charge of this birth and brought it all home for herself and her baby. Amazing courage, strength, and willingness.
Congratulations to Philip Milic for receiving the coveted "Best Tattoo Artist" award from the Bay Guardian. Here's what they had to say, "The Asian-influenced, eye-popping ink work of Philip Milic, an independent needle slinger who works by appointment only, has our readers covered for yet another sleek and sexy year." Yeah, Philip and Meghan Marie who are planning a homebirth for later this month!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Waterbirth International needs you to register your baby on their "I Was Born in Water" list on their website if you had a waterbirth. Click here if your baby was born in water. They have over 4000 baby names listed and their goal is 10,000 by 2010. They are in line for an grant to do follow-up research for these babies and their mother's experiences of waterbirth. Not only will you get to be on a very cool list, but you will be helping to prove that waterbirth is a safe and wonderful way to enter the world!
Here are more waterbabies: Gomeh, Solena, Elle, Oona Jane, Camilo, and Forrest!
Friday, July 27, 2007
The Bay Area Homebirth Collective wins best home delivery from the SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Awards 2007. Pizza and chinese food eat your heart out!
"The natural-birth resurgence of the '70s gestated, was delivered, and suckled right here in the Bay Area. After 30 years the movement has grown into a well-respected alternative to highly medicated and medicalized birth. While local hospitals have cesarean rates as high as 25 percent and give epidural anesthesia to 70 percent or more of their patients, planned home births with licensed midwives are consistently associated with fewer medical interventions and have been shown to be as safe as hospital births. For families who prefer to give birth in the safety and comfort of their homes, the staff of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective offer childbirth preparation classes, labor assistance, and midwifery care to women in every corner of the Bay Area. The members of the collective come from diverse backgrounds, and all are experienced, licensed, and committed advocates of natural birth. Just as good: they won't make you wear one of those tiny peekaboo paper gowns." Click here for the Best of the Bay Awards online.
Thank you Bay Area!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Female firefighters are some of my favorite people on the planet. They are sooo cool. And of course, homebirthers are my other favorites. So when I have a homebirthin' firefighter, you know I'm over the top! Here is Rita, you can read Thomas' Birth Story back on the Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions website. Thank you Rita, you are awesome!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Last year the Bay Area Homebirth Collective had the privilege of training the many fire fighters and first responders in San Francisco regarding midwifery and homebirth. Their training center is located on Treasure Island, half way between San Francisco and the East Bay. I think the trainings were a huge success and we have already experienced the difference when we need to call 911 for a transfer. Thank you, SFFD! Here I am again talking to a group of EMT students last week about homebirth and midwifery and how we can collaborate more when our care intersects.