The Power of Women
Instinctual Birth Stories

Contents

Dedication—To the Next Generation

Women's Wisdom Wheel

Preface—by Tonya Pinkins, Mother, Activist

Introduction—by Beverly Donofrio, Author, Looking for Mary

Prologue

Chapter 1 ~ Stories of Power

  • Word Medicine
  • The Underground
  • Ariel Elizabeth
  • Raisins
  • The Power of NO!
  • She-Bear Power
  • Up, Up with Women

Chapter 2 ~ Stories of Simplicity

  • Word Medicine
  • Red String Goddess
  • The Power of Georgina
  • Snow Baby
  • Mary's Baby Is Our Baby

Chapter 3 ~ Stories of Community

  • Word Medicine
  • Sequoia Marie
  • Young, Old and In Between
  • Team Work
  • Wonder Woman on Halloween
  • Small Village, Big Village
  • Twins and Breech

Chapter 4 ~ Stories of Culture

  • Word Medicine
  • Tonya
  • Julia
  • Living Culture
  • The Many Names of the Great Mother
  • Politics
  • Crossing Borders

Chapter 5 ~ Stories of Babies

  • Word Medicine
  • Guardian Angels
  • A Precious Peanut
  • Baby Breath
  • Little Girls
  • Rebozo Baby

Chapter 6 ~ Stories of Instinct

  • Word Medicine
  • Eyes of the Grandmother
  • Angels and Ancestors
  • Patience
  • Secret Desires in the Heart of a Woman
  • Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy

Chapter 7 ~ Stories for Students

  • Word Medicine
  • Hard-headed
  • The Good and the Bad
  • Women's Work at Night
  • Rest and Wisdom
  • You Never Get a Second Chance
  • Elephant Circle
  • Modern Visionaries
  • Don't Forget to Breathe

Chapter 8 ~ Stories of Fear

  • Word Medicine
  • Alicia
  • Amory
  • Saving Lives
  • The Evil Eye and the Limpia

Chapter 9 ~ Stories of Courage

  • Word Medicine
  • Echoes of Fears and Fearlessness
  • One More Makes Twenty-one
  • Liberty and Women
  • Planting Corn

Chapter 10 ~ Stories of Transformation

  • Word Medicine
  • The Great Belonging
  • One and One Makes Two or More
  • Wombs Cry, Too
  • Super-intuition
  • The Heidi Halo
  • The Trial

Chapter 11 ~ Stories through Poems

  • Word Medicine
  • Kalista's Story
  • For Grandmother
  • For Firstborn Tabitha
  • For Missed Baby Dear
  • For Alison
  • My Wish for Women

Chapter 12 ~ Stories through Photos

  • Word Medicine

presents…
Placenta: The Gift of Life Learn how to use the placenta in ointments, essences and other remedies.
Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse Learn how sexual abuse affects women during pregnancy and childbirth and what you can do to help.
Brought to Earth by Birth Enjoy this stunning collection of photographs by one of the world's master birth photographers.
The Power of Women Discover the power of shared birth stories and the difference they can make in our lives.