Tag Archives: Midwifery

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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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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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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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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Repair

Support, support Warm compresses, gentle pressure Control the soft limbs, bluish, delicate skin gradually turns rosy Find the apex of the tear, cast the anchor stitch A first lover’s gentle, excited touches Locked stitches over the pink vaginal mucosa The … Continue reading

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