Friday Five (#13)

Thank goodness it’s Friday! This week knocked me flat on my back. I picked up a viral URI at the hospital last weekend, then nearly coughed a lung out earlier this week working through said URI, to the baby getting hand, foot and mouth at the day care Thursday. The day care part was funny…….

Women Ask Wednesday: What are the hallmarks of midwifery?

Happy Wednesday! I’m still flying high from our awesome Disney trip last month and an awesome birth over the weekend that sang midwifery hallmarks to the top of our Alaska mountains. The mama had prepared for birth so well and during her contractions, she was so stoic you could barely tell she was contracting. I…

Student spotlight: How to prepare for midwifery school

Happy Monday! I am coming off a weekend of working 48 hours on the labor and delivery deck and I am TIRED. My mamas this weekend did outstanding and we had some really amazing births. The tiredness is totally worth it! Onto today’s post… Over the past few weeks, the student spotlights have been wildly…

Friday Five (#12)

Oh Friday! This Friday is the start of a long weekend of call for me. I’m trying to imagine spring, sunshine and flowers blooming through the few feet of snow Alaska received this week. I think we used the snow blower 3 times already before Friday (and by we, I mean the husband did most…

Women Ask Wednesday – The Well Woman Visit

The annual pilgrimage to your women’s health office has always been looked down upon by generations of women. I want to take a look at the well woman visit is different light and see if there’s not more benefit to the visit than a breast exam and a Pap smear. Let’s break the visit down…

Things I view differently since having babies…

I get asked all the time if I was a midwife before I had babies – and I was! I was a midwife for just over 2 years before my daughter was born. I don’t think that having babies makes you a better midwife, but I do think birth gives you insight into many things…

Friday Five (#11)

Happy Valentine’s Day! The husband and I believe in eating chocolate every day – so we’re not big fans of the holiday for the candy and the flowers – but we are doing Valentine’s Day with our three year old daughter this year and she is beyond excited. She thinks Valentine’s Day is a combination…

Amber’s Birth Story

I am so pumped to share this birth story with you all today! Amber is one of my dear friends, a former colleague and an amazing midwife. She has a heart for educating women, empowering women during pregnancy, life and birth, and is opening doors for people to learn about the path to midwifery on…

The State of Midwifery (Part 2)

Did you catch part 1? If not, check it out here before reading part 2 today. This was a fun post to put together. To me, this is the every day climb up on Mount Midwifery to make the midwifery profession stronger. It takes every woman, every midwife and every person in between to encourage…

Friday Five (#10)

This week I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers – Modern Mrs. Darcy – and her post on things that are saving her life right now. I get asked all the time – how do you do it? I promise I am not super human. I do have a number of things built…

Student spotlight: What to do between graduation and your first job?

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Lift up midwifery!

Today’s post is short but the takeaway is this: whenever you have a chance, lift up midwifery! Here’s how I think I look most days: 5 foot-6 inch, certified nurse midwife, probably in scrubs and Danskos; in the hospital or clinic; and most definitely with a cup of coffee that was warm two hours ago…

Friday Five (#9)

Happy Friday! This was a moose right outside the window of my unit last summer. Every time I see this picture I think – this moose is demonstrating Alaska’s version of hands and knees. Well done moose! For anyone that’s curious, this is a young moose, maybe a couple years old. 1. Kellymom.com: This resource…

Student spotlight: 11 tips on how to prepare for midwifery clinicals

Oh my. You’re a midwifery student and clinicals/apprenticeships are finally in sight! I’ve been precepting nurse midwife students for five years now and have noticed some trends along the way amongst the midwifery students. In that vein, I’ve decided to write a list of the things I keep saying over and over to my students…

The State of Midwifery (Part 1)

Oh snowy Alaska – you are so pretty. The babes and I went to a little town called Girdwood last week to go to the outdoor zoo (yes…. outdoor zoo, in 0 degree weather, in January – you read all of that correctly). The full moon over the mountains and town was too pretty to…

Friday Five (#8)

Happy Friday! I’m so glad Friday is here. I had a 24 hour shift in the middle of this week in which I was awake 23 of 24 hours. You know you’re tired when you just lay down on the bed, glasses on, shoes on, and pass out without even thinking about falling asleep…only to…

Jessica’s Birth Story

I can’t think of a better way to welcome Monday than this happy birth story. Today we get to share in the wonderful birth story of someone dear to my heart – my own sister! She is amazing. Although we live far apart, we are united by so many things across the many miles –…

Friday Five (#7)

Happy Friday! I’m dreaming of warm weather and flowers blooming, instead of the icy darkness that is Alaska this week. And boy is it cold…it was -15 degrees F this morning…get your act together Alaska. Also, only in Alaska do people call over the hospital system: “Please be advised, there are two moose at the…

Blessing of the Hands

For this Women Ask Wednesday, I want to share about a sweet tradition called the Blessing of the Hands ceremony. I first found out about this tradition in my midwifery program. In my prior years of nursing I had no idea this existed! My midwifery cohort consisted of 8 women and we gathered together for…

Midwifery Practice Spotlight (#1)

Today we have our first Midwifery Practice Spotlight! Elizabeth is a midwife that works at Community Health Centers of Pinellas in Florida. See her answers below! I personally loved her piece of advice to women (and her hope for midwifery!). Interested in sharing about your practice? Check out the original post. Where is your practice…

Friday Five (#6)

Happy Friday! It has been such a COLD week in Alaska. I’m ready for the temperature to be above zero. Please and thank you. This is a busy Friday Five. I stumbled across a lot of different fun things this week and wanted to share all the goodies! This page contains Amazon affiliate links for…

Midwife Monday – My second birth story!

Whew! It’s a warm ZERO degrees in Alaska this morning – and that’s the high temperature for today. Happy Monday! Just a heads up – this is a longer post today – but I feel strongly that it has many elements to educate, inspire and empower everyone. With that said – here’s my second birth…

Friday Five (#5)

Whew. We spent the last week in Disneyland with the family. I am once again humbled by traveling with a lap infant for 6 hours (oh vey). But we made it and came out as more seasoned parents (I think). The trip was a blast and we will spend the next week recovering from all…

Call for Midwifery Practice Spotlights!

One of the goals of A Midwife Nation is to increase education about midwives and midwife practice across the United States. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to let the midwives speak! As mentioned on A Journey to Midwifery podcast by Dr. Amber Price, midwives have to open the doors to…

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…