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 |2020-11-18T11:20:25-05:00March 2nd, 2018|Home Birth, Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

LCM Stats 2017

In 2017, Local Care Midwifery (LCM) attended 31 births. Of these, 29 babies were born vaginally and two were born by Cesarean Section. The Vaginal Delivery Rate for LCM clients in 2017 was 94%, and the C/S Rate was 6%. (That's 6% compared to a US C/S rate of 32% and a NYS C/S rate of 34%.)We had 26 clients that entered labor planning to birth at home* and except ...

By |2021-09-21T07:19:47-04:00February 22nd, 2018|LCM News, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

What would you say to your younger self

If you could magically go back in time and tell your former-self something, what would it be? And how would you say it so that the message would be truly heard? There are two separate issues: what to say and how to say it, and one is important as the other. Working as a midwife, I often hear women say “I wish I’d know…” “No one ...

By |2019-03-06T18:29:53-05:00February 16th, 2018|Midwifery, Mothering & Me, Parenting|

Crowd Sourcing

Have you ever been a first time parent? Have you ever lived with a newborn human? If so, I am curious how you dealt with visits from family and friends in those first weeks after your baby’s arrival. Also, I wonder how you balanced your needs for privacy, getting help, being independent and staying sane. Here are the questions: What was helpful? What decidedly not helpful? ...

By |2019-03-06T18:25:29-05:00February 9th, 2018|Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

Our Daily Bread: A Recipe

Most days, like most people, my husband and I eat bread. For several years now, I have been making that bread. Actually I have been making bread since I was old enough to stand -sourdough rounds with my mother, sandwich bread with my aunt, biscuits with my grandmother. In my teens and twenties, heavy, hearty breads of whole grains were my passion, with the occasional light, ...

By |2019-03-06T18:35:43-05:00January 22nd, 2018|Health, Midwifery, Mothering & Me, Recipes|

2017 by the Numbers

2017 Numbers A new year is here, 2018. Like many of you, I find myself simultaneously looking forward and looking back. What did I do last year? What should I have done? What should I have left undone? What will I do this year? What should I do? What should I leave undone? As one year ends and another begins, I look over my ...

By |2019-03-05T08:10:25-05:00January 19th, 2018|LCM News, Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

Butternut Squash Soup with Walnut Gremolata

Anyone who has visited my kitchen in the last six months knows that I am obsessed with my InstaPot (and they would agree that 'obsessed' is not too strong a word). This recipe is super easy, tasty, nutritious, can be easily converted to vegetarian/vegan, and allows me to play with my Instant Pot. Yay! (Of course, this recipe will work without an Instant Pot -just steam or roast ...

By |2019-04-15T16:38:15-04:00December 15th, 2016|Midwifery, Mothering & Me, Recipes|
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