Personal sharing through story is often discouraged in the medical professions, but a good story, well-told, can enrich the relationship between birth professionals and their clients.
Molly Remer, MSW, ICCE, is a certified birth educator, writer and activist. She is a breastfeeding counselor, editor of the Friends of Missouri Midwives newsletter, and a professor of human services. She has two wonderful sons, Lann, 7, and Zander, 5, and a delightful infant daughter, Alaina. Molly lives in central Missouri and blogs about birth, midwifery and miscarriage at talkbirth.me/.
A midwife and mother channels courage and strength to “let go” of the son she miscarries at home.
In telling the story of witnessing of a friend’s two similar yet different births, Remer explores how a care provider’s attitudes and beliefs about birth can affect their interactions with the laboring mother, and in turn affect her experience of the birth.
Who would guess that the advice from “experts” on chickens’ ability to hatch eggs parallels that of the advice of childbirth “experts.” This cute article shows how nature knows best.