A Midwife in Amish Country in Paperback

Today’s the day the paperback version of A Midwife in Amish Country is released! What a wonderful way to celebrate the actual 17th anniversary of its last chapter! I became a NARM certified midwife on November 12th, 2002! Here’s how that chapter begins. A few days after Joshua’s birth, I spent a day working in[…]

Perspective, Perception, Prejudice

As I continue to share my reasons for writing Homebirth: Safe & Sacred, I’d like to visit the idea of perspective, perception, and prejudice. I mentioned in a post I shared in August about a conversation I had with a hospital-based birthworker about our transfers. I described our encounter this way: She shared a bit[…]

Group B Strep Explained!

I was still a student when I first sat through a Sara Wickham lecture. In the twenty years or so since that enlightening day, I’ve come to ever and increasingly treasure her smarts, her insights, her ability to communicate, and her abundantly warm heart. Sara’s blessed us again with her newest publication! In Group B[…]

Event Number Two Along the Glorious North Shore

A week after hosting the screening of Why Not Home? The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Nurses, at 6:00 Wednesday evening, July 24th, Sadie Sigford and I will be hosting a follow-on event at the Grand Marais Public Library! We’ll be discussing American homebirth and homebirth midwifery with an in-depth look at our statistics,[…]

Why Not Home?

Hello, Friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, hasn’t it? The reason — even reasons — for this season of silence are far, far from meaning nothing’s going on over here! But none of those reasons are what this post is about, actually. I’m actually posting to announce I’m way up in northern[…]

If Success Was Measured in Smiles & Hugs

If success was measured in smiles and hugs alone, that would be enough ♥ It turns out there are many ways to measure success! The Barnes & Noble store manager told me on Sunday I’d be welcome back anytime as they’ve been consistently surprised at how often the book is asked for and how well the[…]

A Chat with a Pair of Dads!

Oh my gosh! What a great time! I treasured the opportunity to spend an afternoon sharing what I treasure with two most authentic men and their audience. Sam and Blaine Eldredge of And Sons Magazine invited me to join them for this week’s podcast to, as Sam put it, “talk about birth! Our audience is[…]

Birthing Your Placenta

Well! What a gem! I believe this is my favorite Sara Wickham book yet! Birthing Your Placenta is a most gorgeous little book devoted exclusively to the oft-forgotten, yet no less essential conclusion to the miraculous act of bringing forth life! In Birthing Your Placenta, Sara Wickham and Nadine Edwards explore every facet of the[…]

Another Sara Wickham Book! What’s Right For Me?

Whether you’re preparing to give birth now or simply hope to one day do so, I enthusiastically recommend this book. Our inimitable Sara strikes again with a sweet little tool designed to help birthing women determine what they truly need and want for themselves and their babies amidst a cacophony of options and opinions. Sara[…]

If You Love It—

I’ve been surprised and so blessed by the reception A Midwife in Amish Country has received. What started as a merrily trickling stream in January with my enthusiastic launch team has become a river! Every day I hop online to find sweet messages on my pages, on my posts, and in my inboxes and they[…]