Midwife Monday – My first birth story

People ask me all the time if I had babies before I went to midwifery school. I didn’t. I just always loved all aspects of labor, mamas and babies. But I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that being pregnant and having a baby humbled me in many ways and changed my…

Friday Five (#4)

Happy Friday! I hope the holiday finds you all rested and full of good food and sweets. We have way to many cookies sitting around our house and the temptation to eat one every time we pass by the cookie tins wins every day. Our Christmas Day was filled with a three year old opening…

Merry Christmas!

I hope this day brings you laughter, rest and peace with your family and loved ones nearby. Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus – our only hope and Savior . My faith is strengthened every day I practice midwifery and nursing, and I am constantly amazed in the ways He uses…

Midwife Monday – Call for midwife stories!

Happy Monday to all! I always find the week of Christmas to be warm, wonderful and nonstop. It’s looking like we won’t have a white Christmas in Alaska this year, but it is a very COLD Christmas (it’s 10 degrees outside right now)! One of the goals of this blog is to inspire and empower…

Friday Five (#3) – Placenta prints!

Oh placenta prints! I love these things. What is a placenta print you ask? Well, after the placenta comes out, you lay it on a flat surface, pat it dry, and paint it. Then you gently press a flat sheet of white paper over the paint…and voila! You have yourself a bonafide print of your…

Midwife Monday – My Journey to Midwifery

Once upon a time, I had no idea I would be called to nurse midwifery. In fact, if you had asked me in high school “What is a midwife?”, it is very unlikely I would have been able to answer you. Out of high school, I actually wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, but I…

Friday Five (#2)

Friday Five posts occur every Friday and include a variety of topics aimed at inspiration, education and empowerment. In the five this week… The video above! Posted in one of my last lectures of the semester for graduate school (woohoo!), Dr. Jason Fung speaks to conflicts of interest and bias in evidence based medicine. Not…

Women Ask Wednesday – A Day on Labor and Delivery

Oh, labor and delivery, you are my absolute favorite place to be. Labor is where my heart is – it’s where I feel my gift is – and it’s how I love to serve women and their families. But sometimes after a 24 hour shift I need to sleep a solid 12 hours to surface…

Midwife Monday – My Three Favorite Books to Recommend to Patients

Hello! Happy Monday to everyone. I hope the start of a new week finds you refreshed and rested. We’ve been enjoying the holiday lights, as well as some extremely strange weather in Alaska. Rain and wind in the middle of December? Okay, Alaska. One of my favorite things to recommend in clinic are books to…

Friday Five (#1) – Five Fast Facts on Midwives

Friday Five posts occur every Friday and include a variety of topics aimed at inspiration, education and empowerment. This week’s topic… Five Fast Facts on Midwives CNMs (certified nurse midwives) can practice in all 50 states. CNMs practice with a license issued by the state and are independent health care providers! Midwives can perform births…

Women Ask Wednesday – What’s A Day in the Life of a Midwife?

I don’t think most people understand the work schedule of a nurse midwife. The BBC’s Call the Midwife series is outstanding. At the end of the show, usually with tears streaming down my face regardless what happened in the show, I still think most people have no idea what a nurse midwife does during the…

A Warm Welcome

Well hello! This blog is a long time coming and I am excited to get things rolling. I’ve been reading blogs for over a decade now and love the sneak peek into someone else’s career, experience or thoughts. I love a good recipe, a good mama tip or a good old story to make me…