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  1. Pregnancy & Birth
      Sara Lamm shares her thoughts on creativity   After I watched the documentary Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, I felt inspired and grateful. I also felt curious about just how Ina May and the other farm midwives who were mothers did their work while mothering and how the...
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      Almost three years ago, I took a doula training workshop through DONA. As part of the preparation for this workshop, we were required to interview a mother from an older generation about her birth experiences. I'm not sure I ever would have thought to do this if it weren't for this assignment...
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    My first birth didn't feel very empowered. My OB seemed distinctly uninterested in having an empowered birthing patient. I felt meek and under his power. I evolved, my power grew, I switched OBs, and by Baby #2, I had what felt like a very empowered birth. Details in a moment.   When a baby is...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
      I consider myself a natural birth advocate. I believe women have a right to choices in their care and in their birth. The phrase, "All that matters is a healthy baby," is one that I find sadly dismissive of the experience of the mother. I am often reminded of the tragedy that ensues for...
  5. Pregnancy & Birth
    The Farm-Day 4 A surprise When we think of The Farm most of us think of Ina May.  Even if you have read Spiritual Midwifery and have met the other midwives we don't always remember their names.  After this trip I know that I will never forget Pamela Hunt.  She was on the original caravan...
  6. Pregnancy & Birth
    Chiggers, Tics, & Birth All I kept hearing about from the day I received my enrollment packet to the day I arrived in the home where we would be staying on the farm was to watch out for chiggers and tics. The woman at the welcome center asked "did the midwives tell you about chiggers and...
  7. Pregnancy & Birth
    Mighty Midi-Men Being a family friendly environment most of the women who are here for the workshop brought their families.  My husband is here with my youngest son and he was hanging out at the swimming hole with two other of the attendee's families.  One of the local guys concocted a name...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    Honorary Hippie Today was what I think a lot of us were waiting for.  Though I am quite content just to be on this legendary farm with these legendary women-some of us really came here to acquire some skills.  I had never taken blood pressure before so that was really fun and have been...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    <!-- see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php --> Seven months ago a friend and fellow doula sent me an email which read-"we should just do it, let's go to the farm."  The farm she was referring to is none other than Ina May Gaskin's Farm Midwifery Center.  And we are...
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