Thursday, July 22, 2010

thanks babes

Thanks to all the babies...all the babies that I have had the privilege to help care for. From the tiny preemies with the translucent skin to the post date wonders and their crackly skin. Every baby that I have ever seen has helped me to be able to recognize a baby with a problem. Every baby that has needed a little help to get started has increased my skill level in this area. On behalf of myself and all of the future babies that these hands will care for....thank you!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

in the tool kit

The first item that should always go in the tool kit of a midwife is HUMILITY and lots of it. After that, there are several things that we should keep on hand at all times.....

soothing words and touch
a change of clothes and toothbrush
humor and a couple good jokes
strong hands
a warrior heart
sharp senses

As I have newly been traveling down this path with women, one of the other things that I have had to cultivate is my 'inner drill sargent'. This is one item that I really have to foster and work on as it does not come as naturally to me and it is a crucial skill in midwifery. One of my favorite sayings is that "birth is made to work if no one shows up" and as a midwife, this is a truth that I hold dear. For the vast majority of births...I should not be needed, I should sit on my hands and observe and support. However, sometimes a Mama and babe need help and when this happens, a midwife must be able to take charge of the room and make things happen. These are the times that we are called upon and must act quickly.