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Posts Tagged "mother"

“A Tale Told By An Idiot”, or a Time of Wondrous Celebration?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog Posts |

“A Tale Told By An Idiot”, or a Time of Wondrous Celebration?

I heard again a line from Macbeth today, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” It made me think of where we are today with active management of labor and defensive medicine practices, that it is birth stripped of its meaning, its sacredness, wherein mother and child are seen as less than the divine beings which they each truly...

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Dehumanization of women in childbirth and How to Avoid it

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Dehumanization of women in childbirth and How to Avoid it

“If we provide an environment that is fearful, anxiety provoking, and deeply suspicious of nature, one that we aim to command and control, rather than to trust, then an inability to birth naturally becomes a self-fulfilling outcome in many of those who actually have the inherent ability to give birth.” Dr. Amali Lokugamage Modern obstetric care is not wellness oriented, but rather problem oriented, always on the lookout for complications or potential problems, which doctors must stay a step...

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“What is Your Track Record?”

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog Posts |

“What is Your Track Record?”

Recently I was asked a question by an expectant mother who called to inquire into birth doula services. “What is your track record”, she asked, “for realizing unmedicated vaginal birth outcomes, versus medicated births, as well as cesareans?” This question, I must admit, caused a very strong emotional response, and I have been musing on it since yesterday. It made me think firstly that it was interesting that she asked this question very openly and forthrightly, a few do. Most leave this as an...

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Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus

I had the oddest dream lastnight. In my dream, I stood before an Enlightened Master, and I asked, “ What is the best way to serve my birth clients?” I heard a voice above me say: “Hail to the jewel in the lotus!” The Enlightened Master then said to me, “ Do what you always do, hold up a mirror and show them the Buddha within.” I pondered this dream all day, and this is the wisdom I believe it imparts: Your doula, your childbirth educator, your midwife, or your obstetrician, are merely fingers...

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Doula or Birth Guardian?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Doula or Birth Guardian?

I have often thought that I am just not really enamoured of the name “doula”, for the service I provide. I am also not too crazy about being named after the top “servant in the household”, as doula is explained to describe. Yes, I do serve and support my clients, but I believe a doula’s role is so much more than either the terms “doula”, or “servant” represent. In my mission statement I have likened the role of a doula to that of the Native American Faitherkeeper. “In the Native American...

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