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Operating as usual
This is my forever midwife (although I don’t think we’ll be using her professional services anymore 😉). She wrote this beautiful and very real post looking at the life of a midwife.
Yesterday was International Day of the Midwife. I didn’t post yesterday because I was at a first time mom’s home birth with three other great midwives- Frisco Birth Center (Margie Vaughn Wallis), Barefoot Midwifery, and Neta Tzivoni. What a great way to spend that special day- witnessing the calm, steady, strong, knowledgeable hands and words of women practicing an ancient art. It’s a privilege to work with the midwives of DFW!
My thoughts on the International Day of the Midwife:
Being a midwife has given me everything
And cost me everything
Being a midwife gives me euphoric highs
And Valley of the Shadow of Death lows
Being a midwife gave some of my most amazing relationships
And striped away countless others
Being a midwife is both
Energizing and draining
Fulfilling and frustrating
Fast and Furious
and a Slow Dance
I jump tall buildings to get to you
I Walk a Tightrope with you
I carry you out of burning buildings
I talk you off the ledge
I win Ocsars and then hand them over to you
My kids are proud of me
And also in therapy
My friends love me
But know they can’t depend on me
My life is lived
In 10 month segments
That start with a phone call
Or a text
About a line on a stick
And end when that red line
Is a healthy human, week six
My calendar has notes like
EW 37 weeks
I’m now on a leash
Until EW wakes me up one night
And I go running
And disappear for days
My phone is never off
My gas tank is never empty
Nor is my trunk
Or my back seat
I am loved
But at night
Or at 2:00 in the afternoon)
When I finally lay down
With what I did
With who I am
With how I made a difference
And I wouldn’t want to be
Because although being a midwife has cost me everything
It has also given me
During labor, we listen to babies with a , a little machine that projects the baby’s heartbeat in real-time. Studies show that intermittent fetal monitoring is just as safe as continuous monitoring during labor for low-risk birthing people. Continuous fetal monitoring doesn’t statistically improve outcomes, but it does increase the risk of having a surgical birth.
Another great thing about the doppler is that they are very easily portable (and waterproof!), so mamas have complete freedom of movement during labor and birth.
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Whew, third unmedicated birth in 4 days. Two in hospitals, one in a birth center. I cannot stress enough, if this is the kind of birth you want, how important it is to choose a provider that will support your choices and be a cheerleader for you. You are doing the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. You need your whole team believing in you, giving your body time to do what it knows to do, and helping you in ways that will get you the birth story you want. Choose your provider wisely! I can help!
Full moon baby tonight! We all arrived at @originsbirthdallas at midnight and momma pushed out a 9lb 14oz baby at 12:51 am.
Where are the birth books
that talk about this work
That tell you about how you will likely spiral out
And melt down
In those final days (or weeks!)
Floating between worlds
Out of your mind
Unbearable in your body
This heavy, sacred work.
One moment- trusting. Breathing. Making soup for the freezer.
And then the next- screaming into the bathroom mirror
Sobbing into your hand towels
Convinced you’ll be pregnant forever
Convinced you can’t stand one more minute
Feeling so beyond ready.
And then wondering
Will I ever be ready?!!
This is the work
One moment- affirmations. Walks around the neighborhood. Red raspberry tea by the gallon.
And then the next- cursing the calendar, the mailman, your partner and his mother and your mother and every human who has ever given birth before you
This is the work
Double checking your due date app 8 times before breakfast and begging your body for any sign that labor is close
And then collapsing on the couch, hoping you never give birth because you can’t even find the energy to sweep the kitchen
There are no answers here.
There’s no timeline or schedule that makes sense
Time is swirling and murky
Breaking us open
Tearing apart the illusion of control we cling to so tightly
This is the work of birth
And without realizing it, you are already doing it.
You’re already in it- deep and real. And so close.
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Pic 1- sometimes postpartum visits look like this while mom naps, showers, pumps in peace, eats a complete meal with both hands, finishes things on her to-do list to feel human, sits outside in the sunshine, etc.
Pic 2- sometimes you show up to a pp visit and are greeted by the bust of a wildebeest 🤷🏼♀️
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Not just "delayed" but delay until it stops pulsing. Asking for delayed cord clamping but not giving a definition could result in them cutting at 30-60 seconds after birth because technically that is delayed and not immediate. Make sure everyone has the same definition of terms you use!
At birth, ⅓ (or more) of your baby’s blood is still in the placenta.
That means if you immediately cut the cord, your baby is missing A LOT of blood.
If you were missing ⅓ (33%) of your blood, your heart and respiratory rates would increase, your blood pressure would drop, and you would become anxious and confused. If you lost 40% of your blood, all those symptoms would be worse and you would become lethargic.
If you lost more than 40% you would die.
So how long should you wait after birth to clamp the cord?
Ideally you would “wait for white”. This means the cord isn’t clamped until it has stopped pulsing and turned white because all of the blood is now inside the baby. This is usually over 5 minutes (I’ve waited until the birth of the placenta with my two homebirths [about an hour]).
But delaying cord clamping for even 60 seconds has been shown to have benefits including:
🔆 Increased hemoglobin
🔆 Increased iron
🔆 Increased blood pressure (early clamping means BP can be too low)
🔆 Increased urinary output
🔆 Increased body temperature (early clamping babies are colder)
If baby is having a slower transition to breathing outside the womb upon their birth, keeping them attached to the cord will also continue to provide them with oxygen until they begin breathing on their own.
There are always pink flags before it gets to the point of red flags. This applies to your care provider, place of birth, friends/family, workplace with leave, etc. At any point in your pregnancy, labor/birth, or postpartum there could be opposition to your own preferences and plan (whether it's decisions that affect you mentally, physically, or emotionally). I always tell my clients, "The time to think through a plan about something is not when you're going through it. It's beforehand." So think through how you want to respond, and actions you'd like to take, when confronted with these pink flags.
I once heard @theurbanmidwife use this term when it came to managing breech vaginal birth in an out of hospital setting.
She didn’t wait for the red flags. If there was a hint that something wasn’t right, chances were things weren’t right.
This easily applies to your PROVIDER CHOICE.
Don’t wait for the red flags. Don’t wait for the obviously signs that your provider does not support you.
Some of these early signs could be:
-says things like “no one gets a trophy” when referring to birthing without pain medication
-doesn’t recommend hiring a doula
-doesn’t spend time adequately answering your questions/addressing concerns
-works in a hospital that has a high c-section rate (okay, this may be red… but it’s something people might not be concerned about since it’s not directly related to their doctor)
-doesn’t support true delayed cord clamping
-works in a practice with providers who aren’t known to be supportive of patient choice
-has a low VBAC rate
*this is obviously a red flag if you are hoping for a VBAC but VBAC rates can also matter even if you’re not planning one
-routinely breaks their patients water in early labor
This is just a handful of them, I’m sure there are many more!
The pink flags matter. Even if they don’t seem like a big deal, they can give you a glimpse as to whether or not your provider offers evidence
If you start feeling that something is off, chances are, something is off. Don’t ignore your instincts.
This work is unique and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I don’t take lightly the fact that women choose me to be a part of their story in this way. It’s heavy, humbling, joyful, challenging, exciting, and brings tears to my eyes at every birth. I’m so thankful!
To all the back rubs happening tonight! See you in October 😉
I’ve absolutely loved this year supporting moms and families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It really is the best job, and I can wait to step into the stories of more families in 2022. Happy new year!!!
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I joined this family as the back up doula when mom had already been in hard back labor for 2 days. Sometimes being the back up doula is hard because you don’t have that relational base established for the couple to trust you, but I feel like we quickly connected (they were very easy to connect with 🥰). As time moved on, but no labor progression, tough decisions had to be made. I told mom that this was the first of many difficult parenting decisions she would have to make with not much time and more questions than answers. The couple snuggled, prayed, cried, and laughed then decided to move forward with the doctor’s recommendations. I’m so proud of them, and feel incredibly privileged to witness the beginning of another family.
I hope today is full of rest, snuggles, and lots stretchy pants! I’m so thankful for all of you!
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