Author Archives: michelleefarber

Midwifing During a Pandemic

I don’t know how to start writing about this. I don’t know how to not write about it anymore. I think back to February. Patients start bringing their concerns to me about this new virus. I brush it off and … Continue reading

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And Now For Something Completely Different: High Pass Challenge Reflections

I usually spend most of my time here writing about my midwifing and occasionally my parenting, relationships, and biking, but mostly in relation to my life as a midwife. Recently, I did a wild and crazy thing that I think … Continue reading

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On Being a Bi/Queer Midwife

“When you become sexually active, do you think your partners will be men, women, or both?” The shy teenager shrinks down in her chair a little farther, scared to make eye contact with me, but manages to squeak out, “I … Continue reading

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Our Bodies Our Doctors

A few weeks ago during the Seattle International Film Festival I had the absolute honor of seeing a film featuring some well-loved abortion docs that I know and deeply admire. Directed by Jan Haaken, the film follows four doctors in … Continue reading

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Day of the Midwife

Today is International Day of the Midwife, and after a truly trying week I started reflecting on what this day means for me and my colleagues. Much of the work we do as midwives is completely invisible and this international … Continue reading

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The Grief Midwife

When I was a student midwife I always wondered what kind of midwife I would be. Would I be one that takes a special interest in breastfeeding medicine and become a lactation consultant? Would I conduct research and go into … Continue reading

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Back into the World of Birth

“That’s the way, all the way down. Down and through” The words flowed out of my mouth naturally, fluidly, like it hadn’t been a year and change since I last said those words to a woman about to meet her … Continue reading

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Charting

I stare at my blinking curser, long after my last patient has gone home. I can see the long line of cars on the highway from my office window, their red tail lights like a swarm of angry insects. Everyone … Continue reading

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Ode to the IUD

Inside the uterus, we’re little T’s Small and versatile are we Teenagers come from their pediatrician Determined to have safer sex, they are on a mission Postpartum parents of all stripes Love this flexible little device Three, five, or ten … Continue reading

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On Choosing to Be a Clinic Midwife

My pace of life is different now. There’s less sprinting from labor room to labor room. There’s fewer tears, less pain. My path is different, but my stride feels the same. Being a midwife who doesn’t catch babies is a … Continue reading

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