Every woman, and every birth, has shaped who I am as a midwife and for that I feel honored and grateful. Every experience of birth has left me amazed, inspired and humbled by how incredibly strong women are. Being a midwife helps me stay present in the moment, in the here and now. It has pushed me to trust the skills of my hands, the accuracy of my intuition, and the strength of my heart. Compassion, patience and kindness are some of the biggest skills needed for this unpredictable work. We need to be humble, to be able to be wrong, to know there is something much bigger than us at work. We need to ground and breathe and be incredibly calm under pressure. Every birth is so different that you can never predict with any certainty what is coming next.
There are many types of midwives in the world: we do not all have the same skills or the same philosophy. I call the type of midwifery I practice biodynamic midwifery. The most familiar use of the word “biodynamic” de nes a farming concept developed in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner. He described it as “a holistic understanding of the agricultural process”. I love his vision of working with soil, plants and animals to boost the fertility of the land naturally, creating a balanced ecosystem. is feels exactly how I want to work with women and babies.
A biodynamic relationship is not about taking; it is about giving. I learned a lot about the principles of biodynamics while studying to become a licensed and registered biodynamic craniosacral therapist (BCST). I completed my two-year diploma training with the Internantional Institute of Craniosacral Balancing and feel incredibly grateful to my teachers, who had a profound connection to the method and the magic of the work.
These biodynamic principles are the supporting pillars of my midwifery practice.