Alison Bastien

Alison Bastien, CPM, (previously Alison Parra) was an independent homebirth midwife in Mexico for 12 years. She now teaches classes in midwifery, childbirth education and herbalism, and together with her family runs a natural products dispensary and store. She has lived in Mexico over 30 years, and was one of the founders of the MANA Mexican region.

You can see Alison’s herb work at www.Lavictoriana.com.

The Spectrum of Traditions in Childbirth in Mexico

“Whenever the midwife came, we all got quiet. We knew things were going to happen then; the baby was really coming. She’d go into the bedroom with our mama and come out with a baby,” my husband recalled.

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When a Baby Is Born with Surprises

Not every baby is born perfect. The author, a self-trained homebirth midwife from Mexico, shares some ideas to help guide people when they encounter a baby with surprises. Read more…. When a Baby Is Born with Surprises

Midwives and Fear

Midwives and doulas may find that they relate to the ideas expressed in this story. Fear is a normal aspect of life, but it is important to know how to handle fear when you have responsibilities during a birth.

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Health Care with No Legs to Stand On: The Questions behind the Question

Reflections on how obstetricians have a tendency to choose the most medicalized interventions, rather than trying a simple fix first.

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“Hands-off” Care and Birth as an Out-of-body Experience

The other day I was kneeling by the single bed where I check pregnant women. A woman lay on the bed, her shirt up to reveal her six-month-pregnant belly. As I approached her with the measuring tape to check fundal height she looked at me, puzzled.

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The Blessing of a Blessingway

The Blessingway is an alternative to the baby shower, focused on honoring the transition to motherhood. It evolved out of a Navajo ceremony. There are usually plenty of laughter and tears at a Blessingway, and each woman leaves feeling blessed and honored to be a part of this great circle of womanhood.

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Traditional Midwifery

Traditional midwifery cannot be understood on a timeline or through protocols. Nor is it a fascinating compendium of “tricks.” For the same reasons that it seems a lost art, I believe it will never disappear. For wherever a woman plants her spirit and says, “I’m with you,” a tradition is carried on.

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