drjen, if I didn't know that you were at the hospital, I'd swear you were doing birth at home. How cool that you have staff that doesn't freak over stuff like this and that you are so willing to catch however mom wants to birth.
Totally understand the clothing situation. Can't tell you how often I end up with soaked clothing from some part of a waterbirth. Always look like a drowned rat. Thus no pictures of this midwife most of the time.
When I first started here 7 years ago, the nurses were already used to providing labor support and being very family-centered (the nurse manager was a certified doula, even) but while they encouraged all sorts of movement and position changes for labor, client were put to bed with their legs up for the doctor when it came to delivery. I wanted to do things differently (even though I had no experience either, having trained somewhere even more medical) and the nurses were very gracious about all of my "strange ideas." Now, the nurses are so used to all the upright positions we use that they don't bat an eye at anything. The primary nurse for my client yesterday morning is one of our newest nurses - she actually worked somewhere else for the first 2 years and just started with us a few months ago. Our unit's culture, though, immediately rubbed off on her. I've had 4 births with her so far, and she was reminding me of them yesterday - one standing on the floor in the middle of the room, one in the bathroom on the toilet, one in the bed with the squat bar, and the last one with the client standing on the bed with the big exercise ball in the bed with her. The nurse said she loves calling her old colleagues and telling them about my births!
I must run today. I wimped out last night because I was so tired from getting up at 4 in the morning. I'm supposed to do a speed workout today, and I think I'll try to get to the track to do it.
Geo - I'm glad that at least they moved the squirrel. We are 2 days into kindie here and dd is loving it - but she commented last night that the boys at her table just don't know how to sit still.
moonshine - I'm sure you can finish the 4m, but listen to your body and don't overdo it. Remember, you CAN make the changes you need to make, and even though it may take a while, the first step is taking the first step!