The Art of Opening

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Charting the Course of Midwifery: Rethinking Translation of the Soul World for Medical Systems

When I had prenatal care in the 1990s, I was given my prenatal chart to bring home with me.  It was my responsibility to bring it back and forth.  Today, I can only imagine how many people would possibly leave…

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External Cephalic Version (ECV): Should I do one? The Difficulties of Answering this Question.

An ECV can look like turning a baby with two fingers while supporting the baby with some follow-through, or it can look like 2 providers with their full weight of their bodies pushing on the belly.  These two experiences are…

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Irregular Labor Patterns: What can be done?

A few blogs back, I wrote about the importance of listening to labor patterns, but I also felt the need to give a tangible map now that we have recognized that the labor pattern is talking to us as far…

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“How to know if someone is fully dilated?” : The Limitations of this Question

Let’s shift that question as many people trying to reduce vaginal exams are already thinking outside of the box.  The cervix-centered approach can sometimes be helpful, but honestly, it usually isn’t about the cervix, it is about the baby.  Let’s…

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Labor Pattern Variations: Don’t Shoot the Messenger

To focus on production, we are working with a standardized system rather than recognizing the need for individualized care. On a production line all of the same things can go into making a product.  One can even have some different molds…

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Repeated Instinctual Movements: Are They Talking to Us?

When watching the birth of a breech baby we know that baby will actively participate in their own birth.  Midwife Jane Evans wrote about “The Tummy Scrunch” as being a missing link of the cardinal movements for breech birth.  In…

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Palpation as relationship: The baby has inside information. Are we listening?

Evidence shows that palpation by those who know how to do it is just as accurate using Leopold’s Maneuvers vs using ultrasound late in pregnancy in estimating fetal weight.  Yet, many don’t rely on palpation for fetal positioning or estimating weight…

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Storytelling, Storylistening, and the Birth Worker’s Journey

Note: Mostly written pre-COVID Birthing from Within’s Birth Story Listening ™ and Birth Story Medicine ™ have been cornerstones of my learning. These trainings helped me to deeply listen to birth stories and provide an opportunity to find health in…

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