Midwife Blog

One year ago today …

One year ago today… Tuesday, August 26, 2014. I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of several babies, as well as a new apprentice named Kendra. My husband Larry had decided to leave town the next day to attend a nephew’s wedding and to visit his mother on the family farm. I was disappointed that I could not go with him, but I could not get away because of those babies I mentioned; I was on call. We also figured that with…

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Herbal Discoveries in My Own Back Yard

I learned something new about a little herb that grows wild right in my own back yard. What’s really cool is that I learned about it from my apprentice, Kendra Lucero.  Kendra’s mother is an herbalist and so she grew up learning a lot about herbs. Needless to say, I welcome any knowledge she can share with me on this subject because I also love herbs. A few weeks ago Kendra was helping me garden in my back yard. She was pulling weeds when all of a…

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To Whom it May Concern:

An Open Letter to Those Concerned about a Loved One Choosing a Home Birth Larry G. Overton, with Beth Overton, LM, CPM, Copyright © January 24, 2006 Congratulations! Someone you love has just chosen to employ the services of a midwife and have her baby at home. It’s an exciting, wonderful time, and your loved one and her baby are going to get the best of professional and personalized care. With a midwife attending her at home, she has the…

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A Lesson in Relaxation

Last night I hosted a childbirth class in my birth center. (Childbirth classes are held twice a month, on Friday evenings.) I didn’t do a lot of advanced preparation for this particular class; I pretty much saved all the work of preparation for the day of the class.   Now, I can procrastinate as well as anybody, but in my defense, I’ve been very busy the last several weeks. For about two months now I’ve been working on opening my…

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How I Got “Blessed”

January 31, 2008 was the day Mara Breigh Wilson was born at home. Mara’s mother Tessi was my client and I had the privilege of delivering Mara, who was Tessi and Joel’s firstborn child. Tessi and her husband, Joel, are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I really enjoyed the time I spent with them during Tessi’s pregnancy. Her birth was beautiful. Tessi’s birth story would be a lovely one to tell. But this isn’t a birth…

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