Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean

  Good morning, Friends! I recently made a new friend via social media, Thais Derich, author of the newly released memoir, Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean. I ordered Thais book and devoured it in a day, shedding tears as I was caught up into the moving story of both her[…]

And It’s Happened!

Nearly three years after immersing myself into a lifetime of old journals, and almost two years after tapping out the last line of the last chapter of the first draft of my first book… eighteen months into my plunge into blogging and Facebooking and Tweeting and wrestling over my book proposal, and twelve months past my search[…]

Haiti – Five Days and Seven Babies

And so the woman I wrote of last week, that desperately silent, utterly vulnerable soul and tiny son, even as she departed the premises, stowed herself away in my heart as I was caught up into the stream of women that flowed through my stay at MamaBaby.   Only a few hours after we’d tended to and erased the traces of[…]

Haiti – First Day, First Birth

I was surprised to be greeted at MamaBaby by a small bedroom filled with Americans. I’d been told I’d be the only foreign volunteer through my first week in Haiti, but there they were – Patricia and Darren Couch, and Emily Stevenson – and they proved a pure delight. Patricia is one of the gorgeous souls who[…]

Three Weeks and Thirty-one Births in Haiti

And so I’m home from three weeks in Haiti, but was it three weeks, or was it a lifetime? Fifty-one pages of my journal are thronged with the sights and sounds, the smells and sensations, the spellbinding moments, the great surgings of emotion, and with the myriad striking souls that now throng my heart. How ever shall I transform[…]

Joy One and Joy Two

Anne Miller first called me in the wintertime of 2011. I assumed initially she was Amish, as a vast expanse of my clients were named Miller. That year alone I’d serve eight Miller famlies, with a remarkable many sharing first names. This made the midnight calls interesting, you may be sure. “You’re calling about Maggie? Um…[…]

Meet Jill Roper, Michigan Midwife

It’s time for another Midwife Highlight, and I thought it would suit to share the story belonging to Jill Roper – the woman who’s the reason I’m this moment serving at MamaBaby Haiti. Jill and I met on-line last year, and, though we’ve still only ever talked on the telephone and by email, we immediately[…]

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