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Blessingways and Broken Mornings

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I’m re-reading Spiritual Midwifery and getting lost in the hippie love of the Farm midwives.  Why is it that in almost every Farm birth story, the couple makes out during labor?  I didn’t even think of that during my labor.  I was very close to Scott physically and emotionally during the process and he was very hands on but we weren’t making out.  No.  I asked him if he’d be willing to give it a go next time around.  Of course, he suggested we start practicing right away. 


Because I’m dreamily lost in the Farm love, my background music carries the smell of patchouli.  Yesterday, Norah and I were riding in the car.  I was listening to a Cat Stevens song.  Norah asked, “What’s dat song called?”  I said, “It’s called ‘Morning has Broken.'”  Norah:  “It needs batteries, Mommy?”

This Saturday is our monthly Blessingway at UCEDS.  The Blessingways are free and open to anyone.  It is our way of surrounding new and expectant families with positive support and mindful information.  Caryn will be sharing her birth story and then we’ll have an informational session on Cloth Diapering 101.  We need experienced women with encouraging wisdom to bless these new families.  We meet from 2-4 at UCEDS the 4th Saturday of each month.  Children are welcome.       

11 responses »

  1. ps. sean and i tried making out while in labor with clem; we ever- so- romantically fell asleep with our faces smashed together… awakened moments later by a rush.

  2. Is there a benefit to making out while in labor? (Other than enjoying it?) I never would’ve thought of that either, but very early in labor I wouldn’t have been opposed to it. I think Jordan and I might come and see what goes on at the Blessingways meeting.

  3. inexplicableways

    I think the idea is that making out will increase the release of oxytocin (necessary for labor). But The Farm midwives discuss it in terms of exchanging energy which is a far more psychodelic concept!

  4. I never thought about making out with Bryan, and if our next birth is anything like Henry’s there won’t be time for any of that play! LOL! How wonderful you do a monthly mother blessing. I had my own, and it was the most wonderful thing. I am doing one for my SIL and hope to get my stuff back from her and do some things for ladies here….
    Can’t wait to see you in April!

  5. And I remember SM….one of the first birthy books I read with Mary Grace — what an eye-opener.

  6. I LOVE Cat Stevens. And patchouli. But I’m not sure about how far I’d go at making out in labor.


  7. That’s so interesting. If things are going as slow next time as they did with Suzi, Jordan and I will have to try making out. I bet I could talk him into it.

  8. I tried your cookie recipe (although I had to change a few things because I didn’t want to go to the store). I only had regular flour, I supplemented the walnuts with pecans, used extra chocolate chips, and threw in a couple of handfuls of oatmeal. They turned out awesome! And the good part is I can only eat a couple of them at a time because they’re so rich. I learn so much from you and your blog 🙂

  9. Stephen and I totally made out during both our labors.

    Just kidding. Wow, that really happens??

    Did I miss the Saturday thing already? If not, I want to come, but I have two noisy kids. I may be able to keep Abigail entertained w/ her baby doll and a tiny cloth diaper, but no guaranties w/ Lillian.

  10. inexplicableways

    Awww Rachel, you did miss the Blessingway. But not to worry–we have one every month! The fourth Saturday of each month. But the topics change. April’s topic will be Carey Collins teaching babywearing. Come! And maybe I’ll finally meet you (although I have two births due right at Blessingway time…)


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