midwiving

“In daddy’s arms”

Daddy Cullen sketches? Long time no see : DDD

Cullen with his and my Felicia’s twins, Sophia and Trevor <3
Can you imagine his reaction when midwive tells him that Felicia gave birth to small and adorable twins? Write it in comments below, or send it to me via fanmail/askbox.  The idea I’d like most will be used in short comic strip which I want to draw <3 Of course the “winner” will get a credit

My life is stabilizing slowly, step by step and I can’t wait to have more time to finish my parts of art trades because I want to share them with you so badly <3333

Another photo pose study (I will uptade it as soon as I will find the link)

anonymous asked:

What can I do if I want a home birth but my insurance won't cover it?

Pay for it out of pocket.  :-/  Unfortunately, that’s the only thing to do.  You can talk to the midwives about a sliding scale fee or a payment plan, but there’s no way to get your birth to be covered, and the midwives have to be paid so that they can continue providing care.  

Look into whether or not your insurance will cover a birth center - that might be a close second for you.  And if not that, try to find a hospital near you that supports physiologic birth. Ask about water births.  Sorry!

Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of Western history. They were abortionists, nurses, and counselors. They were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs and exchanging secrets of their uses. They were midwives, travelling from home to home and village to village. For centuries women were doctors without degrees, barred from books and lectures, learning from each other, and passing on experience from neighbor to neighbor and mother to daughter. They were called “wise women” by the people, witches or charlatans by the authorities. Medicine is part of our heritage as women, our history, our birthright.
—  Witches Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers - Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English

#Repost from @thebirthingtree I don’t see why this should be reported and taken down, but celebrities can pose nude and it’s no big deal. This is birth. This is normal. This is a baby crowning and it’s educational. If you don’t like it, keep scrolling. Don’t ruin it for those who actually want to learn about birth. #askthedoulas #birth #doula #doulas #doulaing #doulalife #doulalove #doulablood #doulasisters #doulaingwithoutfear #bwf #birthwithoutfear #birthcenter #midwife #midwives #motherhood #crowning #vaginalbirth

18th Century Midwife Teaching Model

Angélique-Marguerite du Coudray was a famous 18th century midwife and designed this medical model to teach midwife trainees about delivering babies. Louis XV learned of her expertise and asked her to set up courses throughout France. From 1759-1779, she traveled the country with her mannequin and published her Abridged Art of Chid Delivery.

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“Midwives are the unsung heroes of maternal and newborn health. They can prevent about two thirds of deaths among women and newborns. And midwives deliver much more than babies: They are the connective tissue for communities, helping women and girls care for their health, from family planning all the way through the postpartum period.”

––United Nations Population Fund

Learn more about the State of the World’s Midwifery, and stand up for women’s health!

Photos: Jhpiego/Kate Holt

anonymous asked:

Do you think as a midwife you can be pro life/anti choice, as in believing abortion should be illegal, not just conscientious objection? Can I ask if you're pro life or pro choice? Feel free not to answer the last one!

As you’ll see by looking through any of my posts, I’m unapologetically pro-choice.  

Midwives can be whatever they want to be, and there are many midwives who are anti-choice.  However, if your patient comes to you and says, “I’m pregnant and I don’t want to/can’t be pregnant right now,” and you say, “There’s nothing I can or you can do about that,” then you are lying to your patients and doing them a significant disservice. 

If you personally do not want to have an abortion, you do not need to have one, and if you do not want to provide abortions, you do not need to.  However, it is legal in the United States, so if a patient asks you about their options, you need to tell them medically accurate, truthful information about abortion in the United States.

Additionally, abortion can be a life saving medical procedure, and as a healthcare provider it your commitment to your patient’s health and best interests should be paramount.  If you are petitioning to make abortion illegal, you are petitioning to take away a potentially lifesaving procedure for your own patients.  

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One thing that really gets to me is the depiction of childbirth in the media and therefore the general idea of what it’s like to give birth - this idea tends to involve screaming and swearing women with scared partners, doctors yelling “PUSH!” while mom is on her back and then babies being whisked away by nurses. But birth does not have to be a traumatizing event.

This birth video is so beautiful and the woman is so relaxed that I would never have guessed her to be in the final phase of birth, ready to push. The process was left entirely up to her body, she knew when to push, she was not lying on her back, and no doctors or nurses were hovering because she knew exactly what to do. And dad was right there involved like a pro, even having skin-to-skin and sharing an herbal bath with babe. All measurements were done right there with mom, baby was never whisked away, breastfeeding was initiated almost immediately. This. This is birth.

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Disaster-Zone Midwives

Nearly a year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated central Philippines, the disaster is not over. An estimated 230,000 pregnant women live in affected areas, while over 800 women, often malnourished and suffering dehydration, high blood pressure, extreme trauma, inadequate shelter and lack of transportation give birth every day. There is limited or no access to emergency obstetric care. While the Philippine Rural and Municipal Health Centers are rebuilding they are crowded with the sick and injured, charge for maternity services and many maternity patients express not having a good experience there.

Under a canvas tent, in the skeleton of a destroyed elementary school, the organizations Bumi Sehat Foundation International and WADAH Foundation came together under the leadership of an American midwife, Robin Lim, to create Bumi Wadah birthing clinic in the township of Dulag, outside of Tacloban City in the Visayas. At this time it is the only clean, free, 24 hour maternity service. Laboring mothers travel from villages often hours away. Ms. Lim, along with local Filipina midwives and a rotation of foreign midwives, offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid, delivering over 100 babies a month, without electricity or running water.

Reportage photographer Dana Romanoff visited Ms. Lim’s birthing clinic earlier this year, documenting their efforts to provide services in a region where infrastructure has fallen apart. See more images from this series on the Reportage website.

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village empowered healing

my calling to this work is an ancient one that’s come to me through the village wise women, shamans, rootworkers, conjurers and midwives i am a daughter to—ancestors known and not. i profess no expertise in any of these realms but i recognize and have a deep commitment to fulfilling my orí, my life’s purpose, and that is to be a medicine woman to my village. to walk in the spacs for spirit to work through me. at the beginning of my path, i was very much invested in tangible manifestations that involved aligning with allies in the plant & animal kingdoms for healing, spell & ritual practice, and artmaking. while these are integral components of my work, i soon came to know that  treating ailments with herbs or sharing spells for wealth and abundance while helpful, are not really getting to the belly of what i felt moved to birth. 

in my room, some several thousand feet beside the mississipi river in algiers, new orleans i met the words “mooyo bilongo” for the first time. and so it was. there is immense power in naming a thing, in the memory of place and it is no coincidence that this labor began on a land soaked in the blood, sweat and longing of forebears. a land that is still laced with all of the southern mystique and old world allure that it must have carried centuries ago. it was in this land that i entered my crossroads, passed through the gates, and began my lifelong initiation. 

mooyo bilongo {mooyo rougly translating to “soul” or “life” and used to refer to spirits within charms called minkisi | bilongo meaning “medicine” both are of Kikongo origin, the language of the Bakongo & Bundundu peoples of the democratic republic of the congo, the republic of the congo, and angola} was birthed with the intention to serve as a source of ancestral, inspirited, culturally rooted and empowered healing to the village—the crossroads where botánika, apothecary, and sacred grove meet. 

from the words of a sister mooyobilongo so dear to me, I am here to share with you her story in hopes that those who believe in helping others who work with the utmost love in everything they do, can help boost her lifelong vision to fruit continuously.

I’ve attached her gofundme page here to get more background on mooyo bilongo and all that she’s conjuring/planning/& continuing to bring forth.

Thank you all in advance for your time and if you can spread the word/BOOST!

LET’S SUPPORT OUR BLACK BUSINESSES BUT ESPECIALLY OUR BLACK WOMEN BUSINESSES!

LOVE.

Today, even where it is available, some employers may specifically exclude midwife care from their list of covered benefits; insurers may make little effort to include midwives in their networks, since they tend to focus on negotiations with large physician groups.

That is likely to change. The Affordable Care Act added birth centers and midwife care as mandatory Medicaid services, for example. Many health experts are recommending an expanded use of birthing centers as a cost-saving measure as well as in response to women’s demand.

thiswomanwageswar asked:

I was wondering if you’d be able to find any information on medieval wounds (e.g. arrow, sword, sickness) and how they were treated? I’m particularly interested in (what I believe were termed) apothecaries.

For a brief rundown of the time periods discussed in this answer, please refer to this post on the breakdown of medieval historical ages. This is particularly important because medical theory and treatment differed significantly in the Late Middle Ages compared to Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages. Both draw on the teachings of Galen (129 AD - 200 AD), a classical physician responsible for spread of humoral theory; however, widespread practice and teaching of humoral theory in the Middle Ages was not revived in Europe until after the twelfth century.

What is humoral theory?

Humoral theory, or the belief that the body is divided into four humors which determine temperament and health, was the cornerstone of medieval medical practice. In the Late Middle Ages, physicians employed humoral theory in their treatment of diseases. Diseases and personality traits were explained through an imbalance or concentration of one humor in favor of another.

Common treatments using humoral theory include the application of heat (to treat an overbalance of Phlegm or Black bile) or bloodletting (to counteract a disease of the liver/over concentration of Blood). Sometimes, physicians would prescribe specific diets to counteract the disease. Someone who was sweating and feverish (wet and hot) would be made to eat cold and dry foods.

Crucial to the proliferation of medieval texts on humoral theory was The Canon of Medicine, an eleventh-century encyclopedia of medicine by the Persian philosopher Avicenna. In the Early Middle Ages, in the wake of the fall of Rome and widespread decentralization, most of the medical texts were either lost or not copied. The years after the First Crusade witnessed the flood of scientific and medical literature into Europe from Islamic lands, where the Greco-Roman medical tradition had been preserved. Avicenna’s Canon was essential in reintroducing humoral theory to Europe. With the knowledge from Arabic texts and those precious codices that had survived in monasteries in Europe, the Schola Medica Salernitana in Salerno, Italy was founded. It was Europe’s first medical school, and it taught humoral theory.

For more information on humoral theory in treating diseases and diet, see the links below:

http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2011/06/humoral-theory-of-disease-ancient.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5sVJObsLVo

[Note: these links concern either Late Medieval Medicine or humoral theory in the Classical world.]

Herbal Treatment

Medieval medical practitioners employed a variety of herbal techniques in the treatment of diseases and wounds. The most common cures included herb-infused teas, poultices (for rashes or wounds), ointments, and salves. Often, heat was used in conjunction with the herbal treatment. For example, to dispel a fever, the doctor or midwife might wrap the patient in blankets and light a fire in the room.

When treating wounds from an arrow or sword, doctors understood that loss of too much blood could lead to death. As part of their training, knights and squires gained a basic knowledge of treating wounds on the battlefield, including wrapping the wound in cloth (although, they had no knowledge of germ theory, so the cloths were not necessarily clean). Off the battlefield, the injured would be treated by one of the professionals mentioned below. In addition to herbal remedies, a physician might cauterize the wound to prevent further bleeding.

Throughout human history, herbs have been the basis for most medicine. Medieval doctors, nurses, and midwives made use of herbs, drawing on knowledge preserved either in books called Herbals or through oral tradition. The medieval recipes that have survived contain both herbs and animal products, such as ground bones, milk, or fat. Honey and chamomile are two plant products that are often repeated throughout medieval recipes. This link provides a list of herbal associations. Also, check out the Medieval Herb List.

Many of the recipes that have survived are often paired in the same manuscript as devotional material. At the same time that a poultice was applied, the medical practitioner and the sick would recite a prayer to God. Disease was ultimately caused by the will of God. Medieval people often prayed or gave confession to ensure their recovery. Health and piety were clearly linked in the medieval mindset. One author, Henry of Lancaster, composed his own book of medicine to cure the soul, Le Livre de seyntz medicines (The Book of Holy Medicines). In it, Henry links curing a headache to curing oneself of sin, drawing on imagery of the Virgin Mary in his recipe for an herbal cure. Part of this culture included going on pilgrimage to purge oneself of disease.

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“Now and then in life, love catches you unawares, illuminating the dark corners of your mind, and filling them with radiance. Once in a while you are faced with a beauty and a joy that takes your soul, all unprepared, by assault.”

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Happy National Midwifery Week!!!!

Watch this awesome video from the ACNM, the American College of Nurse Midwives.  (And put on your cis-phones to switch each time they say “women” to “people”.)

My placenta print - one of my favorite keepsakes from Cohen’s birth. A lot of people get freaked out at even the word placenta, but I don’t know why because placentas are really. cool. organs. They’re the tree of life! They are literally the life source of your unborn child and that is their only purpose. Plus you can end up with cool pictures like this and/or a natural PPD remedy if ingested or encapsulated. I am forever grateful to my midwives for including placenta prints as part of their routine birth care because I never would have asked for it, or even have known to ask for it. I didn’t even know such a thing existed - I didn’t do too much research into placentas and, frankly, I was only 20. I was already going against the grain so deeply in comparison to other pregnant mama’s my age with my natural birth and birth center and midwives and breastfeeding and anti-circumcision and co-sleeping…I was easing into my crunchy mama role and placenta are pretty far into the “crunchy mom” spectrum.