Category Archives: birth from within blog

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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Fantasy Birth: Beyond the Dream

“The mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth.  Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.”      -Albus Dumbledore … Continue reading

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Birthing from Within and the Boggart in the Closet

My friend Jamie and I have been talking about Harry Potter and our Birthing from Within classes. Even thought about doing a theme based class. So these are some thoughts on that theme: “Call him Voldemort, Harry.  Always use the … Continue reading

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Why I’m a Birthing from Within Mentor (and will continue to be…)

I found my first Birthing from Within book back at the Controversial Book Store in North Park area of San Diego in 2002 or 2003.  I opened it up and although I didn’t have money with me to buy it, … Continue reading

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Upcoming January Workshop: “Storytelling, Healing and the Birth Worker’s Journey”

I’ve been busy lately, and I had thought I’d just skip a year of mentoring “Storytelling, Healing and the Birth Worker’s Journey.” But the more I talk to people, and the more I experience life, I realize that I need … Continue reading

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Holding the Space as a Birth Worker

How do we, who are part of the birth worker culture, find our new way to know and be with birth? How do we inspire the instinctual? How do we name the aspects of birth that matter, yet may be … Continue reading

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Hospital Breech Birth: The Illusion of the Lack of Choice

In the year 2000, a poorly performed Term Breech Trial (TBT) was suspended. Its results changed the way obstetrics saw breech birth to this day. In retrospect, we now know that the (TBT), even with all of its flaws, actually … Continue reading

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