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A Lovely Placenta

July 5, 2012

This placenta was really pretty, and practically textbook.  I have permission to post these photos from the mom who birthed it. This is the fetal side, laid out for printing with the membranes tucked under.  You can clearly see the vessels branching out like a tree from the base of the cord, which is nice […]


Alpaca Babies!

June 24, 2012

So I just had two births in three days.  I’m farm-sitting for my mom, and both of her June mamas decided to have their babies on my watch! Meet Alisa… and Victor! Alisa is now two days old.  She is about 4 hours old in this picture.  It had been pouring out and she shivered […]


Foot Massages for Baby Shower Guests

Feet & Hand

June 16, 2012

I had a super fun day today.  I got to attend a baby shower…as the entertainment! The lovely hostess wanted to pamper our soon-to-be-parent and the guests, and had the awesome idea of having me give foot massages and hand massages to everyone who was interested.  She even made it a surprise: she was the […]

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Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica on Placenta Preparation

June 7, 2012

Most folks who prepare placentas for encapsulation, including myself, use what is called the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method.  I’ve been looking into the history of this method, and would like to share what I have found.  I have not yet changed my approach to placenta encapsulation, but I am thinking about it.  I don’t […]

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Your Orgasmic Pregnancy

My rating: This entry has a rating of 3

June 4, 2012

I really like the idea of this book. The execution, not so much.


Queer Co-Nursing Research Results!

May 15, 2012

Phew! My research paper has been finalized and approved! Thank you for all your help and support. My work focuses on queer parents (including lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants) who share nursing of one or more children. The final paper can be read here: Two-Parent Co-Nursing in Queer Families. Copy-pasting from a word doc to […]

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My Antique Birthing Stool

April 6, 2012

Today I’d like to share some pictures of my birthing stool, which my grandfather brought back from the Middle East after being stationed there, years before he even knew I existed, and no one in his family was a midwife.  Mostly he brought back some brass camels, and ornate goblets and such.  But amongst that […]


Two-Parent Co-Nursing in Queer Families: Research Questionnaire

March 1, 2012

You may remember my call-out post Seeking Lesbian and Trans Families for Co-Nursing Research. Well, I mailed out my research questionnaire today, and I’m nervous! This project has taken up most of my time since I’ve started, so it will be nice to have a tiny break while I’m waiting to hear back from some […]

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Seeking Lesbian and Trans Families for Co-Nursing Research

December 16, 2011

Hello, all. This winter I’ll be wrapping up my research project for my BS in Midwifery. This means I’ve done all the preliminary work, and I’m ready to do the actual research! My project is on co-nursing, also called shared breastfeeding/ chestfeeding, in queer families. To participate, families need to have two parents actively nursing […]

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Robin Lim: Hero of the Year!

Robin Lim CNN Hero of the Year

December 12, 2011

Today, midwives and mothers everywhere can celebrate Robin Lim’s amazing and well-deserved win of CNN’s 2011 Hero of the Year award.


“Pregnancy Massage Tables” vs. Pregnancy Massage Positioning

November 28, 2011

One of the most common questions I get about pregnancy massage is whether I use one of those fancy tables where you get to lie on your belly even if you’re 42 weeks pregnant.

My short answer is no.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting

My rating: This entry has a rating of 0.5

August 1, 2011

Oh, this book. The book midwives love to hate. The book that scares unsuspecting parents. And, unfortunately, the book that manages to end up in the hands of pretty much everyone who even hears the word “pregnant.”


Anything by Aviva Jill Romm

Romm: Natural Health After Birth

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July 30, 2011

I highly recommend anything and everything by Aviva Jill Romm. She is a midwife, herbalist, and easy-to-read author whose works are both useful to experienced herbalists and accessible to families.


Contrasting Births

September 28, 2010

These two births were similar in that they were both holdout primips from the previous month, shared the same due date, and happened back-to-back.  Other aspects of their labors and births, however, were polar opposites, and very interesting to compare to one another.  I learned a lot here, including a glimpse of how much I […]


Missed Births

September 1, 2010

The entire month of August, I attended zero births, which is wild considering our practice had 5 EDDs on the calendar for the month.  My preceptor attended 3, but I managed to miss all of them, and the 2 other August mamas went over into September.  This is the story of the births for which […]