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Perineum Stitches – Are They Always Necessary?

I don’t do perineum stitches as much now as I did as a new midwife. I see the magic of the vaginal mucosa too often!  Healing time is surprisingly quick and the result dramatic. The mucosa in the vagina is like the inside of your mouth.  So let’s reconsider the need for perineum stitches. How […]

Babies Want to be Massaged

I love massaging new borns! This particular massage was so sweet because 22 months ago I did the same thing for big brother Noah who is looking on. Clearly he wants to make sure I was doing it right and didn’t miss any spots! It so lovely to work with families for several of their […]

Dad's birth story: father holding boy

Dad’s Birth Story: Dear Son

Here is an awesome Dad’s Birth Story fromBirthvillage Natural Birthing Centreby new dad Rama Krishnan. Huge congratulations to these wonderful parents and for the choices they made together along the way. This dad’s birth story shows how great birth education helped him prepare for the birth of his son. Dear Son, I hope this letter […]

Midwife holding newborn baby

What to Expect as an Aspiring Midwife

Aspiring student midwives often ask me what it’s like to be an independent midwife.  I get lots of emails, from all over the globe, students wanting to come to the birth center in Kerala to study, wondering what a my normal days looks like, what is it like to work in Asia, or the best […]

Birth myths: Baby being born

Top 3 Myths About Birth

There are myths about birth out there that should be dispelled. The moment one person becomes two is the most amazing moment in all of existence. Sadly, it is a magic moment that holds a lot of fear for many women. This fear has crept in from highly dramatised media sources like movies or magazines and […]

Let’s vote for midwives in Singapore

Health care systems are the strongest where doctors and midwives are working together in collaboration, benefiting from each others strong points. It’s election fever in Singapore this week and I can’t help fantasizing about the year in the future when midwives are voted in as an integral part of the health care system. Midwives being voted in to aleviate the […]

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Therapeutics of Presence

With a solid presence we can melt, we can let go. I often get asked ‘because you are a midwife will you need a midwife when you give birth or deliver your own baby?’ I always respond the same; yes of course I will have a midwife! I want to be able to relax and let […]

Mother tying umbilical chord

Woman Powered Birth

Photo: Unison Photo (this is what a lifeless cord looks like and the appropriate time to cut) Birth belongs in the hands of the woman doing it. All birth is woman powered birth. Birth attendants are support people. Not the stars of the show, just the supporting cast. People often ask me how many babies I have delivered. […]

Midwifery Model of Care: What is Midwifery?

Midwifery Model of Care by Birth Photographer

This is an account of the Midwifery Model of Care through the eyes of a birth photographer/doula. I was at a birth recently. There was a birth photographer attending, to document. I have worked with professional photographers at birth before and I am very welcoming of their presence; it is so important for people to […]

Birth Positions

This poster of birth positions is on the wall of a birthing suite in the Pius Hospital de Valls hospital in Spain. This picture was clicked by water birth advocate and colleague Barbara Harper on her recent visit there. Check out how nice and wide that hospital bed is! The extra foot width gives so […]