The Art of Opening

Category: birth from within blog


Upcoming January Workshop: “Storytelling, Healing and the Birth Worker’s Journey”

I’ve been busy lately, and I had thought I’d just skip a year of mentoring “Storytelling, Healing and the Birth Worker’s Journey.” But the more I talk to people, and the more I experience life, I realize that I need…

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Holding the Space as a Birth Worker

How do we, who are part of the birth worker culture, find our new way to know and be with birth? How do we inspire the instinctual? How do we name the aspects of birth that matter, yet may be…

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Hospital Breech Birth: The Illusion of the Lack of Choice

In the year 2000, a poorly performed Term Breech Trial (TBT) was suspended. Its results changed the way obstetrics saw breech birth to this day. In retrospect, we now know that the (TBT), even with all of its flaws, actually…

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Just a few reasons to birth at home.

I recently got a call from a friend who is on the fence about having a home birth or a hospital birth. Now, I am not a person to sell home birth to those who want something else. Home birth…

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Interview about Birthing from Within Classes

Here is an interview I did with Preggie Pals recently. The interview with me starts at about 7 minutes into the podcast.  

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Parent Saver Radio, Birth Story Circle and Birth Trauma

Birth Story and Birth Trauma Recently I was interviewed on Parent Savers Radio Show about healing following a traumatic birth. Near the beginning of the show each mother tells a brief overview of their stories about their traumatic birth. There…

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“Normal” Birth Paradigms

This month I have the honor of teaching a midwifery module of normal birth. I am excited since I am very protective over what I see as being “normal.” However, I find myself asking two questions: 1) What is “normal?”…

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Birth Workers and the Medial Woman

The other day I was asked to speak to San Diego Birth Network about myself and my practice, but I decided also to tell a story about the commonality of the birth workers attending. As doulas or midwives we are…

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The Gravity of the Situation: Architecture, our Body, and Spinning Babies

So I’ve already attended the spinning babies workshop, and I’m still excited that Gail Tully is headed to San Diego for a second round. Why? Because I have so much more to learn. Spinning Babies as a website (spinningbabies.com) is…

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Imprint: The Birth of Generations

I was going to get back to Imprint, but I thought I’d start with a story that occurred a few years after Imprint was created. My middle daughter, Amayi, when she was about 4 years old was looking at her…

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