In a Nutshell..... Why do I do this?

Last Friday, I rode with the midwife I assist to do our home visit with one of our clients. We typically make a home visit before the birth so we can familiarize ourselves with the route - makes it so much easier than driving cold turkey in the dark- and we get the sense of the layout of the home in terms of the birth. This was a repeat client but she had moved since her last birth. It took a bit of doing to get there and it was a lovely rural type setting. The weather was warm and the sky was clear and blue. She greeted us with her toddler. We chatted and toured her cozy home. Then we did the prenatal appointment- belly check, fetal heart tone check, urine check, blood pressure check- etc. Her little one showed us some of his toys. I admired some of her homemade toys and she showed me how to do the blanket stitch in order to finish the edge of her handmade doll. We lingered a bit and I remembered her last birth. I'm very much looking forward to attending this birth. We hugged goodbye and waved as we slowly drove out of the driveway. I looked out the window as they stood there watching us leave. For me- the next time I see her she will be in the midst of labor, as I'm typically not called until labor is advanced. The midwife precedes me and calls me to assist when she needs me which is usually later in labor. The mama looked so beautiful with her round belly and her precious little one was standing there by her side. It was as it should be. I felt almost moved to tears and I thought " We have the best job in the world!"Every woman deserves this type of prenatal care. We get to know the family. We listen with respect and true interest. The midwife builds a relationship with the mama and the family. When labor begins we attend as invited caregivers. We will be the supporters of the process. The birth will be attended with care and attention. The family unit is respected and supported. The baby will be gently and lovingly welcomed into the arms of his/her mama and in his/her own home. I love home birth. Love it love it love it.Post partum care is equally wonderful. They don't have to go anywhere. We leave them settled in in their own bed. Personal attention. Family support. Breastfeeding support. In addition to the personal visits there is the continual availability for phone consultations. Midwifery does not leave mothers and babies in the lurch. I'm so proud to have a share in this model of care. I wish this type of care for all families.So, there it is..... I love this work. It never grows old. As is the case with this family we build a history with our clients. What a privilege. If only more women availed themselves of this dignifying and respectful model of care. As a nurse part of my role is education. I feel the need to make this model known as an option. I'm using this blog as one way to accomplish that goal.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Must read

You simply must read the blog on the Lamaze site.
It is the best!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Breastfeeding and Mothering Circle

COming soon! January 2010

Diane and I will soon be announcing the start date for our new group- Serendiptiy, Sweetness, and Surrender Breastfeeding Support and Mothering Circle.The space is now ready and we are putting the finishing touches on it and tying up all the loose ends. We are excited about this new venture.
I will post the details as soon as we have a start date.
Contact Diane Berger, RN PHN 805 654-1463 805 368-2297

Monday, December 21, 2009

Totally off topic...oh well....

O.K. I have been gluten free now for about 6 months. It's been fairly easy, much easier than I thought it might be. But bread, good actual bread, now that has been dearly missed. I've tried a few brands none has been what one might call "good" and some have been downright icky. This week I discovered the wonderful Udi's whole grain gluten free bread and is it ever yummy. The taste, texture, appearance, aroma all like the gluten bread I know and love. I can't say enough about how good this bread is. I'm so excited about it I feel compelled to blog even though this blog is about pregnancy, birth and parenting and not food. But- here's where the stretch is - if you are gluten free or your children are on a gluten free diet - this info may be relevant. There, I've said it, I've proclaimed the wonders of Udi's gluten free bread, I've sort of made it fit in my blog, and now I shall carry on with the rest of my evening.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Shunning the Family Bed. Who Benefits Most?

Dr Mercola

Shunning the Family Bed. Who Benefits Most?
Co-sleeping is twice as safe for your baby, but why are you being told otherwise?