Author Archives: michelleefarber

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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