Fearless, empowered & fully aligned with her true self she walked through my doors straight off the plane from iraq. two little boys at each side of her wiggled around the office as we instantly connected. she had come home to give birth & shortly after would load her family and new baby back up to fulfill their lives mission of serving the war torn people of iraq, helping them get back on their feet.
years passed and i watched from afar in awe of their incredible work & bravery. a text came through that she was pregnant but they wouldn’t be able to come home this time. i sent her sister with supplies i couldn’t live without at a birth as she boarded a plane to iraq.
last night at 4am i woke up and saw she was in labor.... i reminded her to facetime me if they needed anything and anxiously awaited the good news. the next text i received was pictures of a beautiful baby. i instantly thought.... my goodness what a brave little girl! i responded that i prayed she lived a life of bravery and purpose. her response was.... she is here and her name is brave. my jaw dropped.
so i want you to remember this.... when things are hard.... push through.... the only way out is through. and all the strength that you need is already inside of you. for you dear friends can do anything!
📽@drvolkandede not all heros wear capes!
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Can you get an #epidural when you have a midwife as your provider??? of course! certified nurse midwives who attend births in hospitals give you that option. every mom is different and desires different birth preferences. a midwife is there to offer all options for expecting moms. check out this video of a part of the epidural procedure! moms are numbed with local anesthesia for placement. after placement the needle is removed and only the plastic catheter remains in place and offers continuous medication to help moms “numb” the discomfort of the contractions and labor. however your body should still let you know when baby is coming!!! #midwifebrittany
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regrann from @jessicaaustinchildbirth - contrary to popular assumption, the safest place for most people to plan to give birth is at home (you can always leave and go to the hospital *if there is a reason to* to during birth). many people plan to birth in hospitals because they *think* it’s safer to do so and “just in case” something happens. in reality, research shows healthy outcomes happen more often when people plan to birth at home than in hospitals: “outcomes of planned hospital birth vs planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.” (janssen et al, 2013) “compared with women who planned a hospital birth with a midwife or physician in attendance, those who planned a home birth were significantly less likely to experience any of the obstetric interventions we assessed, including electronic fetal monitoring, augmentation of labour, assisted vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery and episiotomy.” (janssen et al, 2013) “newborns whose mothers planned a home birth were at similar or reduced risk of fetal and neonatal morbidity compared with newborns whose mothers planned a hospital birth” (janssen et al, 2013) “women and their partners should be advised that the risk of pph is higher among births planned to take place in hospital compared to births planned to take place at home” (nove et al, 2012) “low risk women in primary care at the onset of labour with planned home birth had lower rates of severe acute maternal morbidity, postpartum haemorrhage, and manual removal of placenta than those with planned hospital birth.” (de jonge et al, 2013)
“#i dear1in5 🌿
you have not failed as a mother. or as a wife. you have no failed as a sister or a teacher or a woman on this earth. you have not failed because you asked for help. or because you are now on medication. you have not failed because you just needed a few days away by yourself. you have not failed because you suffered from postpartum depression or anxiety or any mental illness that has surrounded you throughout your life. you have not failed because you got frustrated and raised your voice. or because you hid in the closet crying as little hands banged on the door.
the days and hours and minutes might feel hard. they might feel lonely. your head might get clouded with endless thoughts filled with shame and sadness. but you have not failed. your heart might feel heavy and the confusion about why you feel this way might be the scariest feeling you have ever felt. but you have not failed.
mama, #iam1in5, too. but we have not failed because we are not defined by our diagnosis. we are not defined by our past. we are not defined by our most vulnerable moments or our difficult experiences through life. we have not failed because we are still here. living and breathing and full of strength, worth and promise. today might have been hard, mama, but you did not fail. because you are stronger than you give yourself credit for. you are braver than you’d like to admit. you will get through this, mama. you were never a failure.
another 1 in 5 mama 🌿
by: @meg.boggs ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lavendermoonmidwifery#postpartum#postpartumsupport#postpartumdepression#postpartummooddisorder#postpartumanxiety#postpartumjourney#babyblues#mentalhealth#mothersmatter#1in5#midwiferycare#midwiferysupport#midwife#homebirthmidwife#homebirth#youarenotalone
“labor begins, and the midwife places a small dry twiggy rosette in a bowl of warm water near the mother. labor continues, the mother gently perspires, her c****x is softening and opening, and as it does, the ball of twigs begins to soften and expand into a woody flower. she takes a sip of the medicinal water, and, breathing deeply, she watches as the ball fully blossoms. soon enough, she’s ready to push…”
have you ever seen this plant before? it is known as the rose of jericho, or “the flower of maryam." it is a small shrub collected across north africa, saudi arabia, iran, and pakistan, and among its most popular medicinal uses is its application for childbirth. whether its medicinal properties encourage dilation, or if it’s a powerful visualization tool for mothers, traditional midwives have used the flower of maryam with their laboring mothers for hundreds of years. .
as a medicinal preparation, it is reconstituted in water and taken internally for colds, as an emmenagogue (to bring on menstruation), for epilepsy, uterine hemorrhage, and to bring pain relief and support for childbirth. in some places, it is burned as an incense during labor, made into a powder mixed with olive oil and honey, and as a liquid from fresh leaves is used as a treatment for conjunctivitis and other problems of the eye. it has also made its way to europe where it is used in christmas celebrations. *info from krystina friedlander* ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
**i personally have never recommend the use of this plant, as i don’t know it well. so please don’t take this herb internally before doing your own research into it’s safety.** .
would you want this ritual plant as part of your birth experience?