Janice Marsh-Prelesnik has practiced and taught traditional midwifery, massage therapy and herbalism since 1981. She has four homebirthed, homeschooled children and lives in rural southwest Michigan near Kalamazoo. Janice loves to watch her students grow, develop their intuition and integrate midwifery and the natural healing arts into their lifestyles. During the summertime Janice can be found in her organic gardens preparing herbal remedies for her business, Granny Janny Herbs.
To think like an herbalist one must come to know the ways that herbs interact with human physiology. Which herb will support the body’s healing process? Which herb is the best choice for nourishing the part of the body in need of healing? Which one relieves tension, thereby eliciting the relaxation response? How do the energetics of the herbs interact with the energetics of the human being?
Read more…. Thinking Like an Herbalist
Learning Hawaiian hula
Photos are from the Philadelphia 2008 conference where Janice taught “The Midwife as Community Healer.”
I’m constantly amazed at the kind of care a midwife gives to the people she serves. Midwifery care is a unique gift to the beloved community and is based on unconditional love. During the recent Philadelphia and Ann Arbor Midwifery Today conferences, participants in the “Midwife as Community Healer” class were asked to brainstorm words that describe the midwifery way of caring.
Read more…. The Midwife as Community Healer
Photo by Suzanne D. Williams
An unusual story about a baby who passed meconium long before birth.
Read more…. The Color of Goldenrod
In this second part of a series on midwifery in the twenty first century, the author talks about the caring hearts and the wisdom of midwifery. She recommends that all midwives share their stories with the world. Read more…. Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Midwife Lessons