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Mid-Year Review (sorta)

Funny Points

At a homebirth, we ran out of ice so I threw a bag of frozen tater tots on the mama’s chest.

By the glow of lamplight, I watched a midwife “dirty dance” with a laboring woman.  Très romantique.  Ladies, you know who you are. 

I got peed on.  Twice.  At the same birth.  On the same foot.

I heard a woman say “schrikeys” during her most intense contractions.  Not sure how that is spelled.

Highpoints

I was witness to a homebirth VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).

I threw a chux pad under a woman who gave birth standing up in a hospital bathroom.

Along with Carey, I started an upstate chapter of the nonprofit BirthNetwork (more to come on that!).

No cesareans, pain medications, or chemical inductions for any clients or students this year.

Lowpoints

I continue to confuse terminology between hypnobabies students/clients and non-hypno clients. 

Through a weird twist, I ended up with my 5 month old at a homebirth.  Had to wrap her on my back and rely heavily on the midwife assistant to doula for my client.

I turned away more women than I was able to serve.

A former client took her own life 9 months postpartum.  If you know someone struggling with postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis, please encourage them to get help.  We have a wonderful postpartum support group that meets monthly and can provide the resources for help that might be needed.

Wonder what the rest of the year has in store…

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5 responses »

  1. Your high points are wonderful but the one mother taking her own life as your low point, makes me want to cry. On my worst day, I don’t think I’ve ever felt that bad. I’m glad you guys have a postpartum support group in your area. I’m sure it helps a lot of women.

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  2. All I can say is, YAY for tater tots. 🙂

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  3. “No cesareans, pain medications, or chemical inductions for any clients or students this year”

    What a great stat, Julie – that’s amazing!

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  4. I’m so sorry about your former client, Julie. I teared up just thinking about her and her family.

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  5. I to am so sorry about your former client. My prayers go out to that family.

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