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O Holy Night! The Perspecitve of a Birthworker.

Merry Christmas! Take a moment to consider the holiest of nights… Watching and assisting a woman in labor is both humbling and miraculous. A laboring woman confronts her greatest strengths and her greatest weaknesses simultaneously. It is truly one of the most incredible events of her life. As you many of you know, I am laboring woman’s cheerleader by vocation. The majority of my cheerleading takes place during her last few months…

Jumping Out into the Waves: Moments of Bravery

My absolute favorite place on the earth is the beach. When I stand on the warm sand and look out into the waves that sail across the earth as far as my little eyes can see, my heart becomes full with wonder, simplicity, and peace. The vastness of the ocean, the crisp smell of the saltwater, and even the scurrying sounds of kids building sandcastles around me have their way of bringing me into a…

Good to be back…Pregnancy

Well, I feel like I am returning from a long trip full of excitement yet sickness and fog. In other words, I have made it through the first trimester of my pregnancy with baby #3. Wow. This one wiped me out, but I am finally back to feeling somewhat normal. I seriously feel like I disappeared off the map for a while. Even though the last 3 months have been extremely difficult, it had it…

Natural Childbirth? Why?

Natural childbirth. Why would anyone voluntarily choose to do that? I hear this question often when I tell people that I teach natural childbirth classes. I get weird looks and even uncomfortable smiles. I understand that it sounds absurd to many people considering the options available to women in our country these days. Imagine what it must have been like thousands of years ago when women gave birth. Our technologies obviously have advanced astronomically. The…