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New collection named after ancient African Queens has launched TODAY! 10% of our proceeds benefit a young woman’s tuition to complete her midwife training. She will be focusing on the underserved communities like women of color and more!

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Lost Queen April 2015 Collection

Hello beautiful ones!

As promised, today we’ve launched our new collection!!!

This collection is named after extraordinary African woman in history. Some were Queens, others were warriors and teachers. They were all remarkable and we hope that through learning a little about these astounding Lost Queens that you, in turn,  will start to recognize and grasp the power that lies inside.

In that same respect, we wanted to introduce you all to a new cause that we will be donating 10% of our proceeds to.

A lot of our inspiration comes from the ancient tales of women. Through this curiosity and mutual friends, we connected with a young woman named Kiara Monae, who is incredible to say the least. Her heart and intention is so pure and felt through all of the conversations we’ve heard with her. She has said prayers, created incenses, bath salts, candles, oils and more  by hand to aid us with various concerns over time.

Her life’s work and calling is as a medicine woman to her village (community), and Kiara’s now prepared to travel down the path to her calling but she needs some support from her sisters! Women of color are severely affected by the lack of choices and denial of her right to choose her birthing methods. In Kiara’s own words, women of color face the denial of culturally competent, nurturing and informed care through the many phases of her pregnancy and  the denial of acknowledging her as a human being with rights. She hopes to combat that by studying to become a midwife! How awesome is that?!

Her practices will be  in working with, providing care for and making herself accessible to young women, black,  indigenous, latinx women & families of color, those who may be low-income, those undocumented, the differently abled and folks within the lgbtq community while actively addressing issues like mental health, sexual trauma, violence {from people, as well as governing bodies & the state}, domestic abuse, lack of access to food, healthcare, shelter, and education.

We at Lost Queens feel a responsibility to advocate for this young woman and her studies as she is a much needed member of our community and Assata Shakur taught us, it is our DUTY to stand behind and push Kiara forward. So through supporting us, you are supporting a very important cause. Thank You.

Read more about Kiara’s cause and work in her own words: http://gofundme.com/mooyobilongo

Thank You all for your continued support. We hope to connect and build with all of you that believe in us. Feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Just send us an email at LostQueensXIV@gmail.com

Also encourage your fellow Queens to join our Brand Ambassador tribe. They’ll receive 30% off all purchases and 15% off code to share. Every 5 times that code is used, they’ll receive FREE product.

Lets grow together.

I have a pregnancy kit box full of Positive Tests!

I can’t help myself, i keep testing. I feel like I won’t be calm until I see my tiny baby on the screen at my first scan. Is anyone like this?! Each test has even darker lines!! <3

My first Midwife meeting is the 29th April 2015 and they want to book my first scan for the end of May. I think it’s a little early as they are basing everything on my last cycle dates, despite the fact that I know the date I conceived. Everything is being done two weeks early… but oh well! I guess it means I get my scan early instead of waiting longer.

I’m just so worried still…. after my past experiences.

Please hold on tiny baby. <3 <3 <3

anonymous asked:

What is the best part about being a midwife?

Recently I saw a 19 year old woman for her postpartum visit.  She had given birth 6 weeks ago, and was still feeling overwhelmed.  She’s undocumented, doesn’t speak English, and has no job (now that she has a newborn to take care of), so she can’t move out of her abusive uncle’s house since she has nowhere else to go.  She was supposed to move in with her boyfriend but he decided at the last minute that he didn’t want to be that serious, so now she’s just kind of fucked.  When I saw her, she told me that her boyfriend had been over the day before and they had unprotected sex.  She admitted to me, through the interpreter phone, that she just doesn’t know how to say no to him.  I asked her if she wanted to get pregnant again and her eyes got wide and she shook her head vigorously.  I explained the emergency contraception options that were open to her, and she whole heartedly agreed to get a Paragard IUD, the most effective emergency contraception, and an exceedingly effective birth control option for the next 12 years.

That is the best part of being a midwife.

I had a patient come in for her second prenatal visit practically unable to walk herself into my office.  She was exhausted, pale, sick, and had to run to the bathroom to vomit halfway through the appointment.  I talked her through morning sickness comfort measures and I prescribed her vitamins and medications for the nausea.  For weeks later and I hardly recognize her, she’s vibrant, excited about her pregnancy, healthy and gaining weight.  It’s beautiful.

That is the best part of being a midwife.

I’m congratulating a patient after she gives birth, giving her a hug and walking out of the room when she grabs my hand.  "Thank you,“ she says, and I immediately respond by telling her she has nothing to thank me for - she’s the one who did all the work.  Her eyes tear up, her lip wobbles, she holds my hand tighter, and she says again, ”Thank you.“

That is the best part of being a midwife.

I sit down with a patient for her first prenatal visit, "So my first question for you,” I start, “is: was this a planned pregnancy?” She shakes her head, “Definitely not.”  So I continue, “Do you want to be pregnant right now?  Or do you want to hear about some other options?”  She seems a little confused.  "Options?“ she repeats.  I explain about our family planning service, and I talk about the adoption service that I work with.  She listens closely, fascinated.  At the end of my long speech she leans forward, eyebrows furrowed, "You mean, I can have an abortion?”  I tell her yes, and explain the various abortion procedures.  I ask if she wants to meet with the counselor right now before we even finish the visit.  She closes her eyes and leans her head back on the wall, silent hiccuping sobs shaking her.  She smiles.  She says yes.

That is the best part of being a midwife.

Elephants in the wild have midwives who surround them in a circle during their labor, protecting the pregnant mother and swaying along with the laboring elephant. The elephant midwives may care for the pregnant elephants throughout their long gestation of 21-22 months, in labor, and through infancy.

In labor, the elephant midwives may stroke the mother and make sounds along with the laboring elephant. Within the circle of birth, the midwives protect the laboring elephant and assist the newborn to be released from the amniotic sac, stand up, and take its first steps. The baby elephant can stand on its own within fifteen minutes of birth.

John Robbins tells the story of a mother elephant in labor at a zoo in his book “Reclaiming Our Health”. The pregnant and laboring elephant was isolated in her own cage, and was becoming increasingly distressed and aggravated. The zoo keepers called a European zoo that had experience with elephant births. When they relayed the bizarre and dangerous behavior of the isolated laboring elephant thrashing about the Europeans were appalled. They demanded to know where the other female elephants were to help with the mother elephants delivery. Elephants need female elephant midwives to give birth calmly and safely. 

The Americans immediately complied with the Europeans’ instructions. As soon as they were allowed into the area with the birthing mother, the other female elephants rushed to her and began to assist her, stroking her with their trunks, calming her with their presence, and helping her to complete her labor. After the newborn elephant emerged, the midwives cleaned the baby and took care of her while the mother rested. 

The wisdom of the elephant midwives, demonstrates the power of the midwives supporting women in childbirth, to protect the birthing mother from unnecessary disturbances, isolation, and fear. No wonder so many women are fearful and distressed birthing in hospitals today when alone and labor is interrupted with numerous nurses, technicians, and doctors. The loving care of one’s personal and trusted circle of birth is the most powerful support in instinctive birth for all mammals.

Kara Maria Ananda
From my book “How to Have an Awesome Birth”
http://karamariaananda.com/awesome-birth-e-book/

Every time I get a little fetus specimen I am still amazed with how tiny and perfect they are. This little baby passed at only 18 weeks gestation, and you can see the little mouth, gums and tongue already formed. This baby was miscarried due to placental issues. The good news in a case like this is that if the mom decides to have a future pregnancy, there was not a problem with the baby itself. So the chance of having another miscarriage is less likely.
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Justine Siegemund (1636-1705)

Art by Katya Granger (tumblr)

Although Justine never had children herself, she educated herself in obstetrics and began practicing as a midwife in 1659.  Justine began her career by offering her services for free to poor women.  Eventually she rose to prominence served as court midwife to the House of Hohenzollern (Brandenburg-Prussia).  Justine is said to have delivered almost 6,200 infants during the course of her career.

In 1690, Justine published The Court Midwife, the first medical text written by a woman in German.*  Formatted as a dialogue between Justine and a student named Christina, the book detailed solutions to problems such as shoulder presentation and a hemorrhaging placenta previa.  It also included embryological and anatomical engravings by Regnier de Graaf and Govard Bidloo.  The Court Midwife was published six more times in German between 1708 and 1756, although it was not published in English until 2007.

*Louise Bourgeois Boursier’s obstetrics textbook was translated into German, but written in French.

agarota asked:

What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?

A doula is a support person who offers emotional, physical, and informational support to people who are pregnant and choosing abortion, adoption, and parenting.  They can coach breathing, rub backs, provide information about medications and procedures, help out at someone’s home during the postpartum period by doing dishes, washing laundry, holding the baby, etc.  They know the labor and birth process front-to-back and know how to help people through it.  They are not medical providers though - they cannot diagnose, prescribe medication, or make medical management decisions.

Certified Nurse Midwives are nurses with specialized Masters training specifically in reproductive health and labor and birth.  They can prescribe medications, do annual exams, insert IUDs, deliver babies, and make medical management decisions.  They often work with doulas in order to provide their patients with the best possible care.  Many midwives were once doulas themselves, and know how to use the same tips and tricks and techniques to support their patients through labor and birth and the postpartum period while also managing their healthcare. 

Certified Nurse Midwives provide the same type of care in hospitals for laboring and delivering patients as Obstetrician Gynecologists and other doctors who delivery babies.  They are able to order epidurals, prescribe pain medications, induce labors, etc. for all low-risk patients.  If a patient has a complication that is outside of the midwife’s experience or scope of practice, the midwife will often work in tandem with a doctor to provide the best care possible.

Louise Bourgeois Boursier (1563–1636)

Art by Zoe Kierce (tumblr)

Louise was the royal midwife to the court of Henry IV of France.  She delivered all six of Marie de Medici’s children, including Louis XIII.  After the delivery of the couple’s last child, Henrietta Maria, Henry IV awarded Louise an annual pension of 300 livres.

In 1609, Louise published a detailed obstetrics textbook which treated childbirth as a natural process requiring little intervention.  It was so popular that Louise published three expanded editions between 1617 and 1634.  It was also translated into Latin, German, Dutch, and English.  Louise’s book remained a standard text until the early 1700s.

No matter your type of provider (midwife, ob/gyn, etc.) ask informed consent questions when a procedure is suggested.  A way to remember:

  • B  Benefits of suggested procedure
  • R  Risks of suggested procedure
  • A  Alternatives – are there any or is this a policy thing?
  • N  Nothing. What happens if we do nothing?
  • D  Decision. If it’s not a flat out emergency you have time to make an empowered and informed decision.i