|December 4, 2013|
Volume 15, Issue 25
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Quote of the Week
Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.
— Sarah Buckley
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I think one of the best ways to change birth is to remember that it is sacred. The coming of a new human to a family Earth-side is sacred and holy and deserving of utmost respect. If we go into a church, we whisper in respect. We should treat birth the same way and remember that the birth room is a place that deserves our respectful actions.
Could it be that when we lost respect for birth, medicalization began unabated? Because historically, and still around the world today, so many babies and moms died during childbirth, we got accustomed to making birth an emergency situation wherein we remove the sacredness. No matter where this lack of respect and understanding of the sacredness came from, it seems the answer is to bring it back—every birth is sacred.
Let’s bring sacredness into birth and promote it around the world. Scream it from the rooftops, teach it wherever you go and make it part of midwifery and doula curricula. Let every woman and dad-to-be know that birth is sacred. Understand that when at a birth, where you are standing is holy ground. Bring true love into the birth year for every motherbaby.
We will be taking a short hiatus from E-News for the holidays. Know that you will be receiving your next E-News sometime in January. I personally love that much of the world celebrates a baby coming to a young mother in a stable at a birth with a midwife. Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, Kwanzaa, Festivus (for Seinfeld fans) or whatever you celebrate. We can all celebrate midwifery and birth!
— Jan Tritten, mother of Midwifery Today
Jan Tritten is the founder, editor-in-chief and mother of Midwifery Today magazine. She became a midwife in 1977 after the amazing homebirth of her second daughter. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. Meet Jan at our conferences around the world, or join her online, as she works to transform birth practices around the world.
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A couple asked if they could come to my house in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve to have their baby. This would make it easier since their children could stay home while the mom birthed at my house. I had a private room and a private bathroom, so it worked out well. This momma was in active labor when I had another call from another Amish mom in labor. I told the dad, “I can’t come—I have a couple laboring here at my house.”
He then said, “Can we come there, too, to have our baby?”
I said, “Yes, but I can’t come get you.”
“I will find a driver.”
This couple came to my home and I put them in another private bedroom. While they labored, the first couple had their baby. I got the mom and baby cleaned up, weighed and measured. Then I fed mom and dad and tucked them in for a nap. During this time another couple called in labor. (It was now late at night.) I told them, “I can’t come.”
They said, “Can we come there?”
“Yes.” Now, where will I put them? Oh yes, in the living room! They arrived and were soon tucked into a nice space in the living room. Then the second couple had their baby—all went well and I got things cleaned up, the baby weighed and measured and the family fed and tucked into bed.
Soon after, the third couple had their baby. I had everyone cleaned, measured and weighed as the sun came up. I stayed up and made a big breakfast and asked if the three couples wanted their breakfast on a tray or at the table. They all wanted to come to the table to see who else had had their baby. In the end, two of the couples were cousins and they knew the third couple from childhood, so we all ate together. I drove one couple home and then came back to get the other two couples and take them to their homes. I was finally back home around 2:00 pm, Christmas Day, totally whooped. But what a great 22 hours!
— Mary Cooper
Read this article excerpt from the Autumn 2013 issue of Midwifery Today magazine:
Q: As a midwife or doula how do you do your holiday planning when you can be called out at any moment? Do you have any tips for new practitioners entering the field?
— Midwifery Today
A: I don’t take clients during the holiday month. We have such a busy family life that taking a month off is necessary for us. There are enough doulas/midwives to balance the season.
— Brianna Jensen
A: Pray! And accept the fact that at some point you will miss a holiday. All will survive!
— Roseanne Azarow Ebert
A: Non attachment and unconditional love. Take one of the kids with you if it makes them feel better. It’s tough. Birthdays were worse than holidays for me. During holidays I would just let friends and family carry on.
— Robin Garrison
A: We all meet at my in-laws an hour away so sometimes I will drive separately in case I am called. If I am called away on a holiday, we take some extra time as a family to make up for it.
— Kimberly Sebeck
A: I was in control of the calendar when my kids were young. They never knew the difference if a birthday cake or even Christmas came a day late!
— Gail Hart
Save the Dates
We just returned from an amazing conference in Belgium. We were inspired by the great classes, teachers and registrants. It was truly a special learning time and a great time of encouragement. We have three conferences coming up for next year. We are going to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 23–27, 2014. Our plan is to then go to Australia in the fall. Our venue is in Byron Bay, Australia, on the coast in a beautiful small beach town. We even get to have a full moon on the beach! The dates are November 4–9, 2014. Register early since space is limited. Our program will be ready to view sometime in January.
When we announced these conference locations to the registrants in Belgium, our European sisters complained, “What, you aren’t coming to Europe?” So then we got thinking. Eneyda and I had already done a venue check at Culford School in Suffolk, which happens to be available May 26–30, 2014, so why not? So, with the help of Sally Kelly and our awesome conference coordinator Andrea Straw, we are coming to the UK and really looking forward to it. I hope you can join us for one of Midwifery Today’s conferences because they are good for your birth soul! We will soon have an individual web page up for Australia; watch for that on our main conference page.
— Jan Tritten
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