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May 05, 2006

International Midwives' Day

Today is a day set aside to honor and thank the women who have dedicated their lives to being with women during the amazing, transitional time of pregnancy and birth.

I'd like to give special thanks to those midwives who were with me during the births of my four boys:

Carol Wolfson and Cheryl Hollifield, Florida

Veronica Wagner, California

Alisa Voss, Texas

Tavish Brinton, South Carolina

(Via The Mommy Blawg. Who reminded me of it last year, too.)

Hey, Alisa! If you ever google your name and find this, please e-mail me! I hate that we've fallen out of touch, and I'ld love to catch up with you. . .


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Yay for good midwives. Melanie D. and Lindsay R. at Nativiti birth center were my wonderful, supportive midwives who spent countless hours with me answering all my questions. We are so grateful for them.

Posted by: Tricia F. at May 7, 2006 12:11 AM

Wow, the name Veronica Wagner is so familiar, no doubt from my childbirth activist days. I must have heard her speak or read articles from/about her or something. I went to her website in an attempt to refresh my memory, and all I could remember is, "Yup, that's the Veronica Wagner I was thinking about!"

I'm thankful for a number of midwives who have either helped deliver my babies or who helped with prenatal care (and I'm afraid I might forget an assistant or two in my pre-coffee morning stupor):

Vicki Wolfrum was a pioneering supporter of homebirth after cesearean. She saw me through a homebirth turned cesarean and convinced me that I could have my next baby at home --- which I did, thanks to her and the wonderful women in her practice.

Joanne --- She has the amazing ability to read the minds of laboring and birthing women. She's the miracle midwife who delivered my miracle baby. I owe her a debt that could never be repayed.

Fran --- she was so wonderful during the first half of my fourth pregnancy and was even willing to drive four hours to deliver my baby after we moved (although she encourage me to find local midwives, which I did)

Sue and Michelle --- What a great team! They cared for me with such strength and compassion during my fourth birth, and Sue was with me every moment during my fifth, somewhat odd, birth. Sue has the wonderful way of keeping laboring women grounded, and helping them tap into their inner strength.

Brenda --- Every midwife that I had was the "perfect" midwife for that particular pregnancy or birth, and Brenda was no exception. She helped me through the fear of a pregnancy after miscarriage, and she helped me through my most intense labor, and my most...well, comic...birth.

I really think that midwives do one of the most important things in the world, and they are among some of the most wonderful women I've had the privilege of meeting.

Posted by: Rebecca at May 7, 2006 10:04 AM

Yay for Valerie, the midwife who delivered me nearly 21 years ago! :-) Not only did she deliver me, but also four of my eight siblings. She was a wonderful midwife.

~Krista, a lurker

Posted by: Krista at May 7, 2006 01:57 PM

Thank you for honoring the wonderful midwives who honored us, their "delivering" mommies-to-be, with love, respect and beautiful children. I want to bless Gurujan KhalKhasa from San Diego who helped bring Bahne Kuehne into the world, and Martha Breeman of San Antonio Texas who graciously allowed me to be present at two of her births. And to Veronica, who allowed me to be present for the birth of Tennyson.

Posted by: maureen kuehne at May 7, 2006 04:07 PM

Yeah for midwives! The drive to a midwife would have been huge for my first pregnancy. After experiencing the care I receive from BirthCare (Alexandria, VA) I wish I had done it! What a wonder these women are. I am looking forward to birthing this new little life surrounded by family, support, and skilled women who understand the importance of what I am doing, and the fact that my body was indeed designed to do it!

I need to bake something scrumptious for my next prenatal appt. . .


Posted by: Amy at May 7, 2006 07:19 PM

Alisa is my midwife right now and we've enjoyed her so much! (I blogged a thanks to her on the 5th as well.) I used your Contact Me link to send her contact info your way.

Posted by: Shannon at May 7, 2006 10:44 PM

I'm way late (don't know why I haven't been by here in so long!), but I'd like to honor Bridgett Ciupka, who didn't get to deliver my baby, but was so supportive during my recent miscarriage. I often wondered why God led me to a midwife if I wasn't going to carry this baby to term, but I know it would have been a whole other experience with an OB/Gyn. Bridgett was awesome!

Posted by: Gem at May 17, 2006 03:13 PM

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