Katherine Jensen works in the Pacific Northwest. She and eight other women put together an independent nurse-midwifery practice and a freestanding birth center, which they operated for six years before medical politics closed them down. Katherine remains absolutely committed to the radical notion that pregnancy and birth are normal and that a woman has a fundamental right to choose where she will birth and who will attend her.
We need to rethink risk assessment and how it is used in childbirth. Read more…. Reconsidering Risk
Training involves the process of learning to DO things. A much greater challenge is learning to DO NOTHING. The old adage,“If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” is a vitally important concept to internalize. Read more…. The Challenge of Doing Nothing
Being adored is one of the delights of the profession and simultaneously, one of its hazards, for adoration must be dealt with. We are with a woman during the most significant rite of passage in her life; it is natural for her to love us and to invest us with power far beyond what we deserve. Read more…. Pedestals