Category Archives: midwifery

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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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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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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Caring for Women Who Do Not Seek Out Midwifery Care

“But….when’s the doctor coming?” An exasperated first-time mom howled at me as I rushed into the room, introduced myself as the midwife on call today, saw the baby’s head beginning to crown and hastily threw on a gown and gloves. … Continue reading

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Everything Was Fine Until It Wasn’t

**Note: This post contains thoughts and feelings about birth trauma. As always, no protected patient information will be shared and this writing is comprised solely of my own reflections** Everything was fine until it wasn’t. Those are the words that … Continue reading

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Crash

In school they tell you you’ll know a “crash” c-section when you see one. I had thought I had seen them. I had moved briskly to the OR, helped get things set up, waited impatiently for the prep to dry … Continue reading

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