Author Archives: michelleefarber

Birth

Dear Baby E, I woke up crampy and tired the morning I went into labor with you. Sleep had been interrupted for weeks and our five year old IKEA mattress was not doing my back any favors. I tried to … Continue reading

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Liminal: The State of Betwixt and Between

I was texting with a friend the other day about the state of being almost. Almost done but not quite. She compared it to being at mile 20 of a marathon. You’ve completed so much already and there’s only six … Continue reading

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Baby Blues

Some thoughts on how we are utterly failing our postpartum families and a wish list for a better postpartum world Continue reading

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On the other side of the exam table

Well, the cat is out of the bag with our friends and family that I’m pregnant! Half the reason the blog has been so quiet lately is that this pregnancy has been affecting every waking moment of my life, and … Continue reading

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How I learned to get over my social anxiety and love group prenatal visits

One might ask, how is it possible to have social anxiety and work in a field where you are constantly meeting new people,asking them to tell you about the most intimate details of their lives, and form meaningful, trusting relationships … Continue reading

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Waiting

Taking a family history is a huge part of what I do as a midwife. Certain themes seem to run through families clearly; other far-flung and seemingly unrelated diseases and cancers lurk just under the surface. Most commonly I find … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a 48-hour Call

Day 1 0700: Ok. Cool, there’s not too much going on. I’ll do my postpartum rounds, finish my coffee and maybe get back to bed for a little bit 0804: “An ambulance just arrived and she says she has to … Continue reading

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