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Dec012011

Meghann Nursing

L: Meghann, 2.5 years old, "nursing" Fern.
R: Meghann, 27 years old, nursing 9-day old Gabriella. 

Reader Comments (11)

Love it! The first "baby" I breastfed was a plush toy rabbit.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

So sweet!! In the second photo Meghann looks absolutely FABULOUS for having had a baby 9 days prior!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri C

How awesome!! My 3 year old son gets very upset that he can't feed his 10 month old brother!! we do have pictures of him trying to use my breast pump though!! :o

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranna

Wow! That's so special!

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen Chendea

Terri: That's after a c/s, too! Don't let the make-up and pearls fool you... this was right before a photoshoot (I'll add a pic from that here, too, so you can see). She went back to bed for another 3 weeks after that. ;)

LOVE the breastpump visual!!!

December 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

What a sweet juxtaposition! Did you ask her to reenact in the second photo or did you just happen to take it?

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Not at all... just happened to take it and when looking for pics to show Meghann how much like her Gabriella looked, came across her nursing in the rocker. LOVED the similarities!

December 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Love these! I absolutely love that our girls are learning facts of motherhood from the brave mamas we are privileged to work with!!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosebudMidwife

I have recently fallen in love with this blog and can't stop reading. I don't know of another way to reach out to you personally - I am planning to apply to the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery after nearly 2 decades of obsession with midwifery (and much thought about which path to follow). I am 34, working as an administrator and a doula in a non-profit doula agency, and I would really love to exchange emails with you about midwifery, even as you are on hiatus from the profession. I have always had a mistrust of allopathic medicine, but your blog has really made me rethink things and see a lot of (what I saw as) questionable behavior on the part of OBs in the births at my agency from a different perspective. I have a lot of respect for your experience and have learned a lot from reading your blog. I have aready experienced a 39-week stillbirth as a doula (totally unexpected, care with CNMs, healthy young mom, it was an uncontrollable cord problem), which was one of my biggest fears. I feel incredibly cautious and scared about the huge responsibility of midwifery, but I also feel as though I can't ignore the calling anymore. Pregnant women deserve caring professionals, and for whatever reason, many of the professionals providing "care" are callous and impersonal, at best.

Can you confirm or deny my instincts here? I really feel as though many problems in pregnancy and birth can be avoided, but some are just not controllable, and even the most trained and experienced professional cannot affect an outcome? Like that cord problem with my doula client - the amniotic sac had grown around the cord, and gradually constricted it until the baby died. There was no foresight or experience that could have prevented that death - although my OB stepfather said "This is why you should just induce everyone at 38 weeks!!" Hardly.

So does midwifery training (good training) prepare you to know the difference between preventable disasters (and then prevent them!) and non-preventable tragedies, or do they only teach that to OBs, or is that just something that you can only know in hindsight?

I truly believe that for the women who are truly eligible for midwifery care, most of the time, they hardly need anything from midwives other than watchful waiting. So as long as you don't dick around with her too much, most things will be fine. Its that tiny percent that isn't fine that worries me. How do you know the difference? Do you just err on the side of caution for the first 20 years? (Or forever?)

I would love to hear your thoughts, and I apologize for sending this as a comment on a post. I don't expect this to be posted on the blog, but I would be honored if you had any advice for me.

Thanks!
Stacey

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Stacey: I'm actually going to take your email/comment and make it a post because it asks fantastic questions! LOVE IT! Will address the questions in the post. :) Thanks so much for writing and asking... means much that you find what I have to say important. My email address is: Navelgazing Midwife at gmail dot com. Email anytime.

December 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

I think everyone should spend their postpartum recovery period in pearls! I think I'm going to pull mine out when this next baby is born. Love you guys!

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

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