- I've been thinking a lot about the Certified Nurse Midwife vs. Certified Professional Midwife distinction, and here is a really great response to all the recent talk on the subject: CNM vs. CPM on Vita Mutari
- This appeals to the sci fi nerd in me, in addition to the breastfeeding nerd in me - Evangeline Lily (from Lost) on Breastfeeding as a Hobbit (on the set for the new movie).
- Kristen at Birthing Beautiful Ideas talks respect in her letter to the care provider from a pregnant woman:
All your years of training–the blood, the sweat, the tears, the money spent on education, the hours sacrificed to your profession–they give you extraordinary skills and abilities and knowledge, but they do not give you the knowledge of what it’s like to be any one of us.
- A woman's hilarious birth story of her surprise unassisted birth (at home, after cesarean) - it is written in the most amusing way!
"I quickly realize, though, that either this is the biggest turd of my life, or it is the baby descending like a train through a tunnel"
"...push hard while making this super animalistic noise, very much like what Chewbacca marrying a humpback whale might have sounded like at the end of the raucous wedding reception"
- Found a new blog by an MCH student. I love the way she phrases this, in her post "navelgazing":
I would say right now I am mostly trying to hash out a spot somewhere between three angles on the topic:One. The fact that many or even most aspects of modern American birth are not optimal for healthy mothers and babies, aka the public health angle.Two. The severe lack of information, choice, and agency most women face in their childbirth experiences, aka the feminist angle.Three. The devious little inner know-it-all birth nerd that thinks everyone should have a non-interventive birth and breastfeed as long as possible, aka the asshole angle.