Category Archives: birth from within blog

 The prose of no rotation and no descent: rotating to free the arms

There is this pause.  Some could call it a hesitation.  It may only be a split second.  It comes from going against your old agreements about how you are supposed to meet birth hands off.  Attend birth.  Help or not … Continue reading

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Midwife Hands as Tools :  Being Touched by Breech

Maybe we have to turn things upside down in this world to rediscover it.  These baby’s that are breech are teaching me more about babies that are head down.  They are teaching me about how to feel and touch and … Continue reading

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Breech Competency Documentation (Mobile and Upright Breech)

Breech birth called me to it through my own birth of Nilaya who is now 12.  I didn’t initially seek out the knowledge of such skills, but I did have a core belief that breech was a variation of normal … Continue reading

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Neuroplasticity, Embodied Memory, and “Crescent Moon Bear”

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.”   The way we think can be habitual because the neural networks have formed to back up the pathways of particular ways of thinking. Our brain (including the nervous system) has used such pathways … Continue reading

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The “Dignity for Incarcerated Women” Project: Mothering and Birthing

The incarceration of women, especially women of color, must be reviewed under human rights abuses and how this society perpetuates inter-generational trauma.  When we look to the individual and beyond media’s portrayal of incarcerated women, we see real people with … Continue reading

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The Price of Midwifery Care: Affording Homebirth Services

I often get calls for families looking for discounted services for homebirth.  As someone who understands economic challenges, I also talk about how people prioritize events in their lives and can get creative paying for what I feel are valuable … Continue reading

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Amniotic Fluid: Water is Life

“Before it is drinking water, amniotic fluid is in the creeks and rivers that fill reservoirs. It is the underground water that fills wells. And before it is creeks and rivers and groundwater, amniotic fluid is rain.” – Sandra Steingraber … Continue reading

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Observational Patience and the Art of Not Doing

I am under the belief that midwifery education must integrate the art of not doing and begin to name, mentor and teach observational patience before we lose our craft in the midst of didactic lists in what is considered “knowledge.”  … Continue reading

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Shoulder Dystocia: Kitchen Drawers, Screws and What Can We Learn From the Upright, Breech Birth Movement

I’ve known for quite some time that resolving complications as a midwife can look similar whether the baby is breech or vertex.  With breech there are more external indications for baby’s well-being besides the heart rate as visually one can … Continue reading

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Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery: Keynote Speech, Graduation

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery:  Keynote Speech, Graduation Nicole Morales,  San Diego, CA :    November 7, 2015. Introduction:  I was asked to tell about my journey as a Nizhoni student.  But my journey as a Nizhoni graduate and alum, really … Continue reading

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