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Wanderlust Midwifery Services

Destination Home Birth Provider

A Dream is Born

Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.

MAY SARTON, Journal of a Solitude

Here I am on the cusp of heading back to midwifery school in Texas.  I have been through so many changes over this last year since leaving the program, all in an attempt to make it back and finish this dream of mine, to become a midwife.  If the sacrifices we make to attain something are any measure of their worth, this may be the most important step I have taken in my life.  Thankfully, I am too busy to dwell on all the destruction I have left in my wake, or the giant hole in my heart.  Being around birth is healing though. Slowly, one birth at a time, the losses become gains.

My dream is to provide luscious birth experiences for people all over the globe.  This site is dedicated to becoming a destination home birth provider.  I will travel to you, wherever you are, to facilitate the birth you dream of: in peace, love, and harmony, surrounded by the people you trust, in the home and location of your choosing.

As things progress this will be the blog portion of my site where I will post updates on my experiences as a student of Midwifery at a high volume birth center on the border of the U.S. and Mexico.  I will also try to post interesting and informative articles, links to new useful websites, and possibly upload some photos from time to time, all relating to the field of midwifery.

If you want to know more about me and the services I plan to provide upon graduation and certification, check out the About Me page where my list of qualifications and certifications continues to grow.

Thank you for following along on this journey.

xo

A

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Fun Ways to Reflect During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great time to delve into your inner world.  Connect, reflect and meditate on the journey with these great pregnancy journals and coloring books:

Ten Moons Meditation Journal by Spirit y Sol

Spirit y Sol journal

Soften Open Release, a Coloring Book of Birth Affirmations by Amber Delaine

Soften, Open, Release

#ANote2Self Meditation Journal by Alex Elle

ANote2Self

The Cunt Coloring Book by Tee Corinne

The Cunt Coloring Book

Sacred Pregnancy – A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms by Anni Daulter

Sacred Pregnancy

Do you all have other resources or favorite Journals, Coloring Books, or Birth Affirmations?  I would love to hear them and add them to the list.

La Leche Materna print

You are not alone, the shadow side of birth

Because my last post was all about the “Babymoon”, that sticky sweet time of bonding, breastfeeding and beaming at your newborn…this post is about the oft overlooked flip side of birth (and pregnancy); those darker more complex feelings many birth parents experience, but may feel unable to openly discuss.  We have a general acceptance of the “baby blues” in our society, but Postnatal (and Perinatal) Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, and OCD are very real and can affect anyone, even when all seemingly goes to plan.  Check out this article and excellent infographic by kidspot.com.au and the following piece on Birth Trauma.

kidspot.com.au infographic

Bear Mama Medicine Guide to Postpartum

Loving this piece on the Fourth Trimester, endearingly referred to here as the “Babymoon”.

Blogger Bear Mama Medicine has some great tips for how to set up for your postpartum, and ensure you get the most rest and bonding time with your little.   Check out the full blog post on her page to learn more about the physiology of the postpartum, recommendations for physical and mental health, and a great list of additional resources.

“Babymoon. In my experience as a doula and educator, I see more people focus on the lovely things that they’d like to have at their births and less on what the days and weeks afterward will look like, beyond who will be there to help them out and how they plan on feeding themselves.

Those two things are certainly the biggest, most basic priorities for planning what your postpartum time (or fourth trimester) will look like, but overlooking the other ways that you should expect to be nourished, supported, and looked after is a setup for burnout and resentment. If you’re prone to mood swings, depression, and other mental health concerns, now is the time to take extra care and caution and make self-care a priority.”

Great Article on Huffington Post about Women’s Health Education and Cervical Mucus

What We Need to Teach Young Women About Their Bodies

Women don’t understand their fertility.

“At the clinic I rarely met women, young or old, who understand their fertility and what happens during the menstrual cycle. They all know about the blood, although not always why they bleed. But few know anything about what happens between periods. No one has told them.”

 

Love notes BloomaBlog

Obsessed with these “love notes” at BloomaBlog by Julie Kesti.  Aren’t they sweet?

BloomaBlog love note

Fascinating article on Breastfeeding from TheStranger.com

“According to Hinde, when a baby suckles at its mother’s breast, a vacuum is created. Within that vacuum, the infant’s saliva is sucked back into the mother’s nipple, where receptors in her mammary gland read its signals. This “baby spit backwash,” as she delightfully describes it, contains information about the baby’s immune status. If the mammary gland receptors detect the presence of pathogens, they compel the mother’s body to produce antibodies to fight it, and those antibodies travel through breast milk back into the baby’s body, where they target the infection.”

Recently I have seen a new article on Home Birth vs Hospital Birth circulating on social media. This response caught my eye, a piece on autonomy in women’s reproductive choices by Birth Anarchy Blog.  She posits, it should not merely be a discussion about what method of birthing is safer or better, though this is helpful in making informed choices, but any such conversation must also respect what the woman ultimately decides is right for her, whatever her reasons may be, and trust that her choice is the right choice.

What are your thoughts?

“These conversations  – about homebirth studies, about home vs. hospital – they’re never really about safety.

They are about control.

They are about keeping women in their place.

They are about restricting access to choice.”

Home vs Hospital Debate Misses Mark 

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