In midwifery, like life, things do not always unfold as you think they might. And Baby Joey has schooled us in that particular lesson again and again in his short life. For a update on Baby Joey, see the blog post from 3/21/13. This essay was presented, by Michelle, as the sermon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy, NY on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
St. Paul's Episcopal in Troy, NY is starting a book club. Our priest, Father Michael Gorchov has picked Beginner's Grace by Kate Braestrup as our first selection. Beginner's Grace is a lovely book about prayer that is truly appropriate for people of all faiths (including atheists). I read the quirky and powerful book last year on the recommendation of Father Michael's wife, Marianne. In appreciation of Michael, Marianne and Kate, here are a few of my own beginning prayers.
Having bought a side of beef from a local farmer (and beloved client), we are having many hearty and delicious meals. Here is a quick and easy recipe for braised beef short ribs.
The importance of the breastfeeding relationship extends beyond the mother and baby. The lessons from that simple act ripple out into the world.
A dear friend (and client) is in the midst of celebrating and grieving for her yet to be born son. We expect that due to the way his heart formed, that he will not live long after the placenta is delivered. She said it would be helpful to have a letter or FB post to tell people how to talk to her. This post was born of that conversation.
We all have secrets. A discussion with friends got me reflecting on the power of secrets and the effect of sharing.
Do you remember the moment you knew you were destined to be with another? I do.
Are hour long appointments in a planned home birth practice medically useless, or, sensible and useful? This post explores why K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, N YS LM chooses to provide hour long prenatal care appointments for her pregnant clients.
Homebirth midwife, K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, recalls her young daughter discussing human reproduction.
This post is a memory of her young son's physical communication and the lessons from the time-out that ensued.