Category Archives: birth from within blog

Birth Story as an Intervention: The Iatrogenic Effects of the Birth Worker’s Story

Once upon a time I sat and told the person giving birth what I had witnessed.  It was my story of what I saw unfolding for her baby and her relationship with her baby and her relationship with her family … 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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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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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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