The Reluctant Midwife

Picking a subject for a post is not always easy. This week do I write about how important it is for midwives to support each other when life hands us tragedy? Poor Jenny. Do I inform about agoraphobia or Meniere’s Disease of the middle ear? Bravo to wounded but brave souls. Shelagh’s struggle with infertility […]

HOPE is a thing of extraordinary power

“Working as midwives in London’s East End we were no strangers to the first light or the half dark. When babies arrived we went to deliver them…it didn’t matter what the hour…” This episode really touched me. Sister Julienne showed immense compassion and perseverance as she helped Stella through her labor and birth within the […]

“Our work was birth-the primal act of a woman’s life”

“Our work was birth–the primal act of a woman’s’ life.   A time fueled by instinct and by fear.  Trusting our instinct can be what we fear most.  Our actions –our hours alone….and we must suffer their consequences” It is nearing the end of the university semester—and this modern day midwife/ professor smiled with this episode!  We just discussed […]

Childbirth Without Fear…and With Compassion

I watched with interest and nostalgia as Cynthia lit up with enthusiasm when she discovered the concept and then power of “childbirth without fear”.  I grinned in aknowledgment when the name Dr. Grantley Dick-Read was mentioned.  Dr. Dick-Read was a British physician whose book “Childbirth Without Fear”, first published in 1942, was ridiculed by the […]

Midwifery Matters

“Midwifery matters and caring for women matters”, says Chummy near the end of this first episode. There is good reason for her and all midwives I know to feel this way. We see it and feel it everyday. Jenny Lee felt it when she reassured her frightened patient as she was about to give birth […]