On August 3, 2009, I opened the door to Local Care Midwifery. Five years and 145 LCM Babies later, we are still here.
As a midwife, I have known strong and determined women that by sheer will and determination made their bodies do impossible feats. But sometimes, the opposite happens: the body is so strong that the heart and mind simply have to bend.
It has been five years since Local Care Midwifery opened its doors. Those same five years have seen lots of change to the face of midwifery and planned home birth in the Capital District of New York.
Every time I am asked, 'How did you become a midwife?" I feel my young self realizing her calling.
Even after 15 years as a NYS licensed midwife, five years having my own midwifery practice and four years serving on the Board of New York State Association of Licensed Midwives, some of my clients and best friends still don't understand why I have an eye chart. Hope this answers some questions.
My daughter Alison is my favorite critic and editor. After reading this post, she texted that I could use it. She said it was "kinda boring. But alright." -Exactly!
Into Loving Hands is a movie about a midwife, a family, a pregnancy, and a baby who is expected to die minutes after birth. It is a story that needs to be told.
A year ago, I was waiting for Baby Joey to be born. Baby Joey that no one expected to live.
As a consumer of midwifery care in the 1980's and 1990's, I opted out of routine, prenatal ultrasounds. Cleaning through old files recently, I came across the photos on the one and only ultrasound, I had during my pregnancies.
My two professions, midwifery and Craniosacral Therapy have many things in common. Unearned intimacy is one of those.