Let go of expectations Sounds like a title to a self-help book, amirite? I never would have thought that this simple, somewhat overused mantra, would be my driving force throughout my second labor, and ultimately be my guiding light over the next intense 6 weeks that followed. Let me elaborate… Here were my expectations: Second pregnancy, walk in the park. Conceive on attempt #1 just ...
Happy Mother's Day to you. Here are flowers for you, so many flowers. May their beauty remind you of your own beauty. May their variety remind you of your uniqueness. May their delicate strength remind you of your own amazing resilience. Love, Michelle and all of Local Care Midwifery
Mother's Day happens every year in May. Yet, Other Mothers' Day happens every day in the bodies, heart and souls of women everywhere. On the Friday before Mother's Day, let us a give a loving nod to acknowledge these Other Mothers..
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....
The title says it all: Michelle's Down & Dirty Childbirth Ed Tips (aka All You Need to Know for Life)
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 ...
If you have ever seen my Facebook or Instagram pages, you have seen a lot of food pictures. Not just food, but of food shared and ended -these are photos of meals. In my household, eating together is important. Here is a post I wrote for Albany.com entitled Eating Together.
While childbirth education is obviously about being a parent, somehow new parents often feel unprepared for the reality of life after childbirth. In this essay, Midwife Doyle shares some thoughts and asks for your help.
Following on last week's post, What I Have Learned From Large Families, here is brief offering on the same theme.
Homebirth midwife, K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, recalls her young daughter discussing human reproduction.