Evidence Based Care is a Three Legged Stool

Evidence based care (aka evidence based practice) is a phrase that gets tossed around a lot. It is frustrating to me, a health care provider that aims to provide evidence based care, it is frustrating when I hear other providers say that their patients ‘refused evidence based care” as if evidence were the only part of the equation. Nope. Evidence based care has three parts: the evidence, ...

Relationship Musings

Have you ever had a relationship that you just put up with because, well, you are simply that kinda gal, committed to the end? Ever found yourself making excuses for your partner’s behavior, towards you or others? Or for their general lack of commitment or energy? I have. Recently, I had a relationship end because the other party just quit....

By |2019-03-07T15:56:34-04:00May 18th, 2018|Midwifery, Mothering & Me, Parenting|

Chevre Printemps

Sometimes, I just want to eat a baked potato with butter, sour cream and chives. And living with a cow dairy allergy, well that is a bad idea*. But sometimes a craving demands to be heeded. That is what happened for the creation of this recipe. I want a baked potato with butter, sour cream and chives. I wound up with this lovely, simple, elegant and ...

By |2019-03-06T17:34:54-04:00May 4th, 2018|Midwifery, Mothering & Me, Recipes|

Just Midwifery

Recently, someone asked on Facebook if I did “just midwifery or also OB-GYN?” At first I was taken aback: putting the word ‘just’ in front of anything sounds belittling. But I quickly got over myself and realized that she was simply asking a question. What a great question! Do I do just midwifery? Maybe… In NY state, Licensed Midwives provide full scope health care for women. ...

By |2019-03-06T17:39:59-04:00April 27th, 2018|LCM News, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

Food Photos

If you have ever scrolled through my Facebook or Instagram pages, you have seen pictures of my meals. A lot of pictures of my meals. In particular, you will have seen a lot of photos of my husband eating food I have prepared. Several friends have taken to referring to Kevin not as my husband but as "the guy photo-shopped into your food photos." Photos of ...

By |2019-03-06T17:55:30-04:00April 13th, 2018|Midwifery, Mothering & Me, Recipes|

The mess of home birth

“Home birth? I wouldn’t have a home birth because of the mess. Yuck!” For years, decades really, I have heard similar comments. In the early 1980’s, when I first heard statements like this, I was confused: I had seen of lot of planned home births and they weren’t particularly messy. (But, toddlers eating spaghetti? Now that is messy!) Then I saw my first hospital birth. And ...

By |2019-03-06T18:00:00-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Home Birth, Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

Touch

Touch, it is our earliest and our most communal sense. Whether we are a floating embryo, a tumbling toddler or a middle aged midwife, we all sense touch. Even if we are blind, or deaf, or deprived of the sense of smell or taste, we still know touch. From Bali to Bahrain, touch is both sanctioned and regulated by religion and culture. Human greetings are made ...

The Improvisational Dance of Baby Catching

Over forty years ago, when I was a kid in Missouri, I would walk from Hixson Middle School, over to Webster Groves High School to attend modern dance classes. Some of the dances where tightly choreographed, some were looser, improvisational. In dance class and after school practice sessions, I studied movement, memorized steps, and sequences. More importantly, I learned to pay careful attention to the moment, ...

By |2019-03-06T18:12:56-04:00March 2nd, 2018|Home Birth, Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|