Posts for Tag : midwifery

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Book Review “Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart – A Midwives Saga” by Carol Leonard

Book Review “Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart – A Midwives Saga” by Carol Leonard

This is a must read for all midwives, and midwives to be or birth workers in general.

I have met Carol at a few conferences and actually purchased my copy directly from her, and she is as fabulous in real life. She speaks with a clarity often not encountered in life let alone on a book on midwifery, and its struggles.

She weaves her personal story throughout the book and makes the reader understand the struggle, drama and the actual life part of a midwife. Midwives have lives, and families and needs like anyone else, and she presents their needs in a way that leaves the reader in awe of the awesomeness of birth work and the dedication needed when one dips her toes in the waters for the first time.

I will be adding this fabulous book to our reading list for the midwife’s assistant training program. Thanks Carol, sharing your integrity, and journey will I am sure inspire many birth workers of the future.

You can get the book here on Amazon.

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Doula Trainer- Helena Wu 0

Helena Wu

Helena Wu

Helena Wu is a fabulous BAI trainer. She is a gentle and thoughtful teacher. We are so blessed to have her on our team.

Helena of Moon Mountain Midwifery and Herbal Medicine  is a Licensed Midwife who has   been attending homebirths in the southern Vermont area since 1990. She trained   by apprenticing with different midwives and is a Certified Professional Midwife.   She has been a La Leche League Leader, Childbirth Educator (trained through   ALACE and Cooperative Childbirth Association), Doula and Postpartum Doula. Helena has been a BAI trainer since 2003.

She loves teaching about natural birth. “I am committed to keeping alive the   old ways of being with women, developing our tools (herbs and other natural   therapies, simple ritual, love) and passing along the wisdom.” She is the   owner of Good Medicine Tree, an herbal apothecary, where she   offers products, herbal education courses (Happy Heart Sacred Plant Medicine and others) and health consultations. Fostering humankind’s awareness of their   connection with Nature and Spirit is her passion. She is a member of the Vermont Midwives Alliance, the Midwives Alliance of North America, National   Association of Certified Professional Midwives, United Plant Savers and is on   the Council of the Northeast Herbal Association.

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Special delivery… why London women are spending up to £5,000 on private midwives 0

Special delivery… why London women are spending up to £5,000 on private midwives. London women are taking private midwives into the labour ward to supplement their care. Jasmine Gardner on the new birth plan.

This is becoming more common all over the world. Women in the US are opting for homebirths even in states where it is illegal to practice as a midwife. Why are women doing this?

1. Homebirth is safer

2. Respectful care

3. Mother’s needs are addressed and they are not just a number.

4. Women are tired of their health care being dictation by what is hot, what others are doing and what someone else wants with little evidence that it is safe or warranted.

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What is a Doula? – audio article 0

You can listen to “What is a Doula” if you want more information about doulas and what they can offer families.

Doulas can offer parents support, educational resources and compassionate care.

The birthing woman deserves to be honored and supported as she embarks on this most challenging, heartfullfilling and expressive journey. Birth Arts educational programs are for those who want to get to the heart of what it means to be “with woman”. Being a doula is truly being with women, where they are emotionally, spiritually and physically- BAI Philosophy