My goal is to be bold for the cause of home birth and natural childbirth. We live in unusual times with the national cesarean rate above 30%; certain doctors' and hospital rates have soared beyond 50%. More than ninety percent of American births include drugs, I.V.'s, pulling babies out with instruments of great force and other invasive procedures. Vaginal births after cesarean are on the way out in the land of the free, home of the brave. Against these odds, we are at risk of forgetting how to give birth normally.
My prayer is that the recording and sharing of birth stories and natural childbirth information will serve to restore confidence in God and His design for us to bring forth our children in grace and strength.
Thinking about hiring a midwife for your prenatal, birth and
postpartum care? Drawn to the idea of giving birth to your
baby at home, in a birth center or having a water birth? Do
you wish to meet other families who have given birth at home
or in our birthing suites?
Please join us for an information-packed meeting about the
services and options that we offer at Oak Grove Midwifery of
Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is the first step toward
establishing your care with our midwives.
We will cover the midwives' background information,
experience level, and philosophy of care.
We will explain the registration process, insurance billing,
and self-pay arrangements.
We will answer your questions about how we handle unexpected
situations and emergencies.
The meeting is required for all new clients.
Due to the on-call nature of our duties, the meetings will
held on Wednesdays only. You may choose from the following
time-slots for group orientations:
Wednesday Mornings 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday Afternoons 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We prefer that you attend the group orientation, however if
is impossible to attend at these times, we will do individual
orientations at limited times, by appointment on Wednesdays at
9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Orientation meetings and individual appointments are
to cancellation without notice should the midwives be called
to a birth.
RSVP: (920) 328-5622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been paying attention to the words that people use to
discuss midwives and their roles in women's lives. I hear many
people saying, "midwives empower women."
We must be careful about saying these things. Midwives do NOT
empower women. Women are naturally strong; we carry our own
power, and that inner power is not something that a midwife or
anyone else can bestow.
The very best that women and midwives can hope to accomplish
together, is that of experienced women reaching out to and taking
the journey with our less-experienced sisters, so our natural
strength and inner power can be found, nurtured and held up for
each other to see and appreciate, like an image in a mirror, that
confirms and affirms what we know, deep down, in our bones to be
true, but which we are sometimes afraid to embrace.
We are not talking here about an age exchange. All women are
more familiar in some things and less practiced in others. In the
true midwifery spirit, both the "midwife" and the women she walks
the path with, are able to grow as human beings by our
interactions with each other.
As we grow, we can begin to understand how the strength of our
grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters
reflects our own inner strength. When we can see that power all
around us, in every age, shape, size and generation, we can begin
to see ourselves truly-capable of whatever mountain, hurdle or
difficulty that needs to be overcome.
At the end of the day, or many days, a woman who has known and
walked with a midwife will look at her accomplishments and say, "I
did it myself; if I can do this, I can do anything."
One World Birth launched it's innovative Web-TV station to address the issues of maternal and child mortality, overuse of medical intervention in the birth process, high cesarean rates, unnatural childbirth and artificial feeding of infants.
You may join their mailing list/newsletter and view videos from their media library.
Here is today's "Launch Film", introducing One World Birth's concept of film making, birth advocacy, campaigning, public relations and access to world-renowned leaders in maternal and infant health.
Best wishes on this endeavor, Toni and Alex(filmakers),
The stories in this blog are in compliance with HIPAA regulation. Details have been changed to protect client privacy. This blog is not meant to offer or substitute midwifery or medical advice. Please contact a qualified health care provider for help evaluating your personal health concerns.