March 23, 2019

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

       

        The current state of U.S. maternity care is reflective of the more general picture of current American society. At first glance, a system with the purported goals of equitable health and prosperity seems to be working toward meeting the needs of a population. Yet, a little investigation results in the uncovering of a haphazard assembly of people and institutions whose actual impact is dangerous to anyone the least bit vulnerable. Low-income people, those with lower education levels, and people of color are all at risk in the maternity care system, just as they are in society as a whole. Due in large part to the racist foundations and history of American culture, racial and ethnic m...

September 22, 2018

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

       

I believe that the poor maternal and infant outcomes of the United States will remain wholly unchanged if birth does not rapidly shift to out-of-hospital settings with midwives as primary care providers. Access to midwives and home births is inherently intertwined with social justice in birth and reproductive rights. Globally and locally, the most egregious and preventable traumas take place where birth is primarily occurring away from the homes and communities in which birthers live. It also seems to me that the more advanced the medical system one exists within, the more likely birth-related trauma is to happen.

This is partially due to ill-informed and misinformed consumers who have exp...

September 21, 2018

Sometime mid-2017, I decided to pursue becoming a midwife. It was a thought long in the making, but one that I had not given much attention to. After discussing my options for school, career paths, options for financial aid, and more with my husband and anyone else who would listen to me process. After some amazing advice from fellow student midwives in Orange County and beyond, I decided to pursue nurse-midwifery specifically. I began taking classes to complete prerequisites in order to apply to nursing school; I threw myself into allll the science courses that I had always avoided, knowing I just needed to get through them, then just needed to get through nursing school. Someday, finally, I would be able to study and practice the birthy stuff my heart, mind, and spirit so adore. I would just need to be patient…. The video below (transcription below that) is me chatting about how I realized that the nurse-midwifery path was not for me and how I came to understand my values around birt...

December 29, 2017

You might have read or seen a news piece on the "growing trend" of women encapsulating and consuming their placenta after they've given birth. You might even be someone who has had their placenta encapsulated by a doula or placenta specialist in your own community.  Or, you may be coming to this article as an expecting parent who has no idea what the heck this business with the placenta is about.

If you have heard of or read about doing something with the placenta after birth, you have probably heard the same list of potential benefits and hopeful outcomes of placentophagy that have made their way around the internet. We hear them from news anchors and new parents alike, from doulas and childbirth educators, and even some midwives and obstetricians. Everyone cites the same anecdotal evidence that birthing people choose to encapsulate or otherwise consume their placentas for one or more of the reasons below. The spiel usually goes something like:

1) The placenta is a very...

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