Urban Midwife

Urban MIdwifery is a homebirth focused midwifery practice including complete prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum care.

Operating as usual

10/11/2021

It's true, tho.

And, your first child never lets you forget it! 😂
Thoughts From Aisle 4

10/07/2021

And more!

10/07/2021

I've had the absolute pleasure of working with this doula! Hire her!

Photos from Mums & Tots's post 09/27/2021

Photos from Mums & Tots's post

08/09/2021

From my friend .... so true.

I am reposting this one because it is so good.

08/03/2021

One million thoughts, emotions, feelings captured in a split second. A million words flood into my head and I am near speechless. I can FEEL this image. I sent it to the women working beside me, "Are you somewhere you can sit? I want to send you something but you need to absorb it"
Shanna Hinrichs : "It's like I can feel the stress and the peace all at the same time by just looking at that picture"
Courtney Elizabeth :I could stare at it all day.
It's an emergent situation but the scene is calm and gentle and intimate. It's quiet when what's going on is loud.
Me: The muscle memory, the counts in our heads, Breathe 2,3 switch, compress... 1&2&3&BREATHE....until he did. Cord pulsating life from within his mother, midwives encouraging his breath from out. Chaos and calm, pinpoint focus, blocking out all peripheral noise ...just the counts..and the words of the women beside me.
And then he breathes, and he cries and we celebrate and hand him back to his mother. But in this split second...the beauty of midwifery was captured by the eye of Megan Eidson & Blush Little Baby Photography *Shared with permission* (For those not experienced...all babies are a bit blue when they are just born due to naturally low O2 sautration)

One million thoughts, emotions, feelings captured in a split second. A million words flood into my head and I am near speechless. I can FEEL this image. I sent it to the women working beside me, "Are you somewhere you can sit? I want to send you something but you need to absorb it"
Shanna Hinrichs : "It's like I can feel the stress and the peace all at the same time by just looking at that picture"
Courtney Elizabeth :I could stare at it all day.
It's an emergent situation but the scene is calm and gentle and intimate. It's quiet when what's going on is loud.
Me: The muscle memory, the counts in our heads, Breathe 2,3 switch, compress... 1&2&3&BREATHE....until he did. Cord pulsating life from within his mother, midwives encouraging his breath from out. Chaos and calm, pinpoint focus, blocking out all peripheral noise ...just the counts..and the words of the women beside me.
And then he breathes, and he cries and we celebrate and hand him back to his mother. But in this split second...the beauty of midwifery was captured by the eye of Megan Eidson & Blush Little Baby Photography *Shared with permission* (For those not experienced...all babies are a bit blue when they are just born due to naturally low O2 sautration)

Photos from Az Breastfed Babies LLC's post 07/18/2021

Photos from Az Breastfed Babies LLC's post

07/15/2021

New research: Species of gut bacteria linked to enhanced cognition and

A new study provides compelling evidence that the composition of gut bacteria is really important for neurodevelopment.

https://microbirth.teachable.com/blog/244170/cognition?fbclid=IwAR10ONwg28hGBkkMMtXOezr2CswqJ5RkCmKh4r0GdOwqj0ijmaqzktt5Xj8

New research: Species of gut bacteria linked to enhanced cognition and Wow. This is so interesting. Another really fascinating piece of the puzzle highlighting how gut bacteria could be really important for neurodevelopment.

[07/13/21]   There are many things about midwifery care that I love but its the small things that make the biggest impact.
Maybe ...most likely... I won't change the world. But on a day that I can draw blood on a mom while she sits in her car so she doesn't have to wake her sleeping babes after a stressful time of getting them both loaded in car...the care of a midwife made an impact on her, today, in this moment she needed grace. I love that.

07/11/2021

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06/10/2021

When you have a baby who only wants to nap on you, will only sleep next to you, and wants to be held all the time...
Remember these words; YOU ARE BEING USED.

But not in the negative way that is associated with this phrase.

Biologically.

You are being used as your baby’s regulator.
They are literally using you to regulate their physiological functions.

When a baby sleeps, they cannot regulate their temperature.
They cannot regulate their heart rate.
They cannot regulate their sleep rhythms.

And children work this out at their own pace with our support.
For some, it’s instant. They are happy sleeping independently.
But for most, this is not the case.

Becoming a mother is a massive upheaval.
A baby comes sn*******ng into our lives and we suddenly have to change an entire lifetime of sleep patterns and thought processes and career paths and social schedules.
Everything that we ever thought that we knew comes into question.

And people will stress the importance of getting babies to meet the unrealistic pace of their parents.
But the mother/ baby dyad would benefit far more, if we could SUPPORT mothers in meeting babies at the realistic pace of an infant.
Because biologically, that is what our babies need.
Not want. NEED.

In theory it seems like a wonderful thing;
to give birth to an independent robot with a well established circadian rhythm and physiological functions.
But in practice, thats just not how it is.
And accepting it helps us appreciate the beauty of it.

Whilst we are holding our babies and doing the easy work for them. Breathing in their smell and soaking up the time....
BEING THEIR REGULATOR.

The hard work is going unseen;
The most important work.
The work that is overlooked because we cannot physically see it happening;
THEY ARE GROWING THEIR BRAINS.

So yes, you are being used.
But for such an important reason.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Photos from Photography By Kristen's post 06/08/2021

This is everything!😆

[05/05/21]   It's the International Day of the Midwife. A day to celebrate the thing we do. What we do is so much more than healthcare. Its lifecare. It listening and hearing. Its encouraging and sometimes using our bossy voice. Its pushing and pulling and holding space for a woman to find her in most self... the one she may not have known she possessed until she grew and birthed a unique life.

Its sleeping in odd places at odd times in odd positions. Its not being able to stand up without help from hours in an awkward position because the mama didn't want to move herself and the work still needs to be done. Its suturing hunkered over in a dark room that's a million degrees with sweat rolling down your back (as it cramps up) while someone else tries to hold the flashlight exactly where you need it to be so to do your work and not disturb the quiet moments of introduction between family and babe. Its faxes and orders and labs and interpretations and charts and schedules and trying to fit your own family in there somewhere....there aren't many real "days off" and its often a one-woman show without support staff to help you through your days.

It's starving.....its eating strange foods at odd hours....its the last smashed flat slightly opened protein bar in the bottom of your purse and ruining your well-planned diet with Whataburger at 4am when you finally CAN eat.

Its celebrating victorious experiences and holding them when they cry about babies lost too early or birth plans smashed to bits by necessity. It's listening to them learn to communicate when marriages are strained and they sit on opposite sides of the couch and won't look at each other because...She is uncertain how to mother and he doesn't know how this wanted but scary change will affect who they were "before the baby". Its uncertainty and gently advising so they find their footing. It's watching them find that footing and gain confidence in the weeks following the birth of the mother and father and babe.

Being midwife is so much more than catching babies. Its being witness to the birth of an entirely new phase of life in all its glory and heartache, sleepless nights and chaotic days. It's leaning on each other and knowing your sisters will answer the phone at 3:00am to let you vent or join you in the work or hear you cry. It's knowing you are held up and held to high standards by each other and that you will be called to the carpet out of love and because high standards are what we do.

It's a lot. Being a midwife is a lot...of ...a lot of things. But is who we were born to be and who we will be long after we retire our hands from this work. It's something I'll never regret being called to and something I am so very grateful to have been a part of from the generations before us to those coming up after us.

We ARE the worlds ACTUAL oldest profession.

04/26/2021

Birthday cake for the wee Sunday birthday girl!

Birthday cake for the wee Sunday birthday girl!

04/21/2021
Eventbrite 04/14/2021

Eventbrite

This week is Black Maternal Health Week! Info below on how to register for a free screening of the new documentary Chocolate Milk happening on April 17th. Registration ends April 15th. Sorry for the late notice.
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I'm hoping this message finds you all healthy and well. I'm writing on behalf of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) to invite you to a virtual film screening that we're hosting on Saturday, April 17th during Black Maternal Health Week. As you probably know, FAM is the charitable arm of Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA). FAM is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which funds grants that confront the intersecting social, racial, and economic factors, which result in severe disparities in maternal and child health outcomes. We sincerely believe that midwifery can make a huge impact on improving these outcomes.
This free virtual screening of the acclaimed feature-length documentary, Chocolate Milk Ⓡ, by black filmmaker Elizabeth Bayne, is specifically geared toward the midwifery community and our various stakeholders to continue the conversation on how we can support black families. The film explores the unique environmental and socioeconomic challenges that contribute to low breastfeeding rates among African Americans. This screening will be a key fundraiser for FAM this year.
We would like to respectfully invite your faculty, students', and even client's complimentary attendance at the screening. We will be accepting individual donations of all sizes during the checkout process on our registration page, but it's not a requirement to register for the screening. We sincerely want to get the message of the film out to as many members of the midwifery community as possible--that we stand with black mothers.
Individuals can register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../fundraiser-private-virtual...
Space is limited and registration ends on April 15th.
Last year, FAM delivered $60,000 in grassroots grants in response to the needs of birthing families during the ongoing pandemic. This year, we're focused on building sustainability for the organization, lending our support behind the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 and the MANA Stats Project, as well as positioning ourselves to deliver more grants during our 2021 - 2022 grant-making cycle.
My very best,
Jacqueline Sullivan
Board Member, Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery
[email protected]

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Timeline Photos 04/11/2021

I love this. Ww work so hard to welcome babies in a peaceful room and let them adjust to the world that first hour and a half

❤ BIRTH FACT ❤
Newborn term babies that go through an uncomplicated birth into an environment that is dark, quiet and calm will initially go through the Quiet Alert State.

This state of alertness will usually last for the first hour after birth as the baby is calm, awake, alert and taking in his surroundings.

All of his attention and energy is focused on seeing and hearing everything around him, especially his mother’s and father’s voice and faces.

This is the perfect time to bond with your newborn. It is the perfect time to cuddle and speak to your baby. Holding your baby's face close to yours will allow him to see you and study your face.

This is a time not to miss or to waste with “hospital routine”. That can wait. This is a precious time to be together uninterrupted.

If the newborn remains close to his mother during this first hour, the Quiet Alert State can last even longer. ❤

Photo courtesy of @birth_unscripted 📸

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04/08/2021

But. YALL! Victorious Birth After Cesarean on Easter day. Little man, your mama was stunning! #VBAC #BirthAtHome

But. YALL! Victorious Birth After Cesarean on Easter day. Little man, your mama was stunning! #VBAC #BirthAtHome

04/08/2021

Strong like a mutha...or a midwife...or both 😁 practicing what I preach from home today because I missed the gym. #StrongLikeMom #ButtSweat

Strong like a mutha...or a midwife...or both 😁 practicing what I preach from home today because I missed the gym. #StrongLikeMom #ButtSweat

Mobile Uploads 03/18/2021

Don't miss this opportunity to train and be mentored by these incredible women!

01/04/2021

Microbiome Courses

This is fascinating and really helpful for all expectant and new parents, and for all those support mothers to breastfeed.

Research from Turkey (Basim et al., 2020) finds eating fermented foods daily could help prevent mastitis.

The study found lower incidence of mastitis when the breastfeeding mother ate 6 fermented foods daily: kefir, homemade yogurt, conventional yogurt, boza (a fermented drink made from wheat and yeast), tarhana (a grain that is mixed with yogurt or fermented milk) and pickles.

https://microbirth.teachable.com/blog/218431/fermented_mastitis

#microbiomecourses #breastfeeding #lactation #breastfeed #breastmilk #humanmilk #microbiome #gutmicrobiome #guthealth #fermentation #lactationconsultant #ibclc #breastfeedingsupport #breastfeedingjourney #parenting #parents #health #science #childbirtheducation

12/15/2020

This post is for information from a trusted medical professional to help you make the best decision for yourself.

As the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations took place yesterday, many of you have reached out to ask my thoughts, so I wanted to take a moment to share what I know so far.⁠

There is a tremendous amount unknown about the virus, the cure, and even prevention. With a vaccine coming to market so quickly, there are inevitably uncertainties, including about safety and efficacy. As with all pharmaceuticals -- adverse effects often don’t come to light until post-market surveillance of many users over a length of time. Without being able to rely on years of clinical studies and longitudinal outcomes tracking there’s a lot we just don’t know at this time. Whether to receive this vaccine is a matter for deep personal consideration and decision-making, weighing personal concern and lifestyle, risks, and a very real and very serious global pandemic. Therefore, as with all vaccines, I do not share what I will do, or what I think you should do.⁠

For pregnant and breastfeeding mamas, however, the guidance is more clear.⁠

According to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), “there are no data as yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy, either from human or animal studies. Given the lack of evidence, JCVI favours a precautionary approach, and does not currently advise COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy.”⁠

For breastfeeding mamas, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) says that, “women who are breastfeeding are also currently advised not to have the vaccine”. Mamas at high risk - including frontline workers - are encouraged to consider the vaccine when they are done breastfeeding.⁠

ACOG recommends they not be withheld from pregnant or BF’ing women who meet criteria for vaccination based on benefits outweighing risks.

FDA cautions pregnant and breastfeeding moms against getting the vaccine due to lack of data.

As data evolves, I’ll update you.⁠ACOG recommends they not be withheld from pregnant or BF’ing women who meet criteria for vaccination based on benefits outweighing risks.

Both of these statements have been supported by the FDA that cautions pregnant and breastfeeding moms against getting the vaccine due to lack of data. As data evolves, I’ll update you.⁠

PS. This post is meant for your information and support - vaccine infighting, trolling, etc., will not be tolerated and any such posts - and those who post them - will be removed from this page. Please be respectful - these are scary and uncertain times, with tough decisions to make. This page is about education, community, and caring.

12/01/2020

Got myself a uterus cross stitch coffee mug complementary of a precious client and friend. 😆

11/17/2020

All of this is true more often than you would guess with our mothers. Reach out, you will find no shame in this place when you come to me with this struggle.

I did not like my children when this photo was taken.
I actually resented them for existing.
Kaiden was 17 months old and Chloe 1 month, and I didn't want to be their mother.

I didn't want to change their diapers, feed them, and most of the time - I wanted to leave them in their cribs and run out the door, never to return.

I'm serious.

I know that some of your jaws are hanging open, and some of you are probably disgusted thinking, "How the hell can someone dislike their own children?". I know, its effed up, which is why it took me so long to tell anybody about it.

I remained silent and buried my thoughts. I smiled for photos and mustered false admiration when someone would fawn over them.
I cried often, most of the day actually. I questioned my sanity and constantly berated myself for being such a terrible person. I screamed, I hid, I let them cry and pulled my hair out. I didn't want them anymore. I didn't want them.
My husband didn't know. He was gone a lot, working. I couldn't tell him, he'd regret having children with me. I was alone.

One day I decided I wasn't going to get them out of their cribs. I was going to leave them there, let them cry and soil themselves. I didn't care. I couldn't care. I tried to care. I COULDN'T care.

Instead I called my doctors office. The moment my favorite receptionist answered I broke down in tears. I told her I didn't want to be a mom anymore and she told me to "Come in IMMEDIATELY". I did. The doctor spoke to me about Post Partum Depression as if he'd had this conversation thousands of times.

Turns out he had. Turns out I was one of MILLIONS of women experiencing those feelings at that exact moment. I wasn't crazy. Something was wrong with my brain. Something I couldn't fix alone.

My doctor and I fixed it together.

My kids are 4 & 6 now, and I love and adore them so much that my heart physically aches when I think of them. I would give my life for them without blinking.
Reaching out for help was the greatest gift I have ever given them as a mother.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, I just wanted you to know -- you aren't alone. You aren't crazy -- and it doesn't have to be this way. Tell someone. Tell someone TODAY. It gets better

Who We Are

Kristine Tawater LM, CPM is a State of Texas Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife practicing in Dallas since 2012. She is the former owner of Dallas Birth Center and Currently is practicing in a homebirth focused practice Urban Midwifery which is part of the Urban Family Co-Op-Dallas.

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