Category Archives: personal

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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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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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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Getting Back on the Horse

This past month has been hard. I’m going to be very, very honest. I had a difficult birth last month¬†¬†and everything that I have done since then feels like just going through the motions until I feel normal again. I’m … 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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