As soon as I opened my first copy of Spiritual Midwifery, I knew I wanted to be a midwife. This was confirmed when, still in college, I saw my first deliveries, shadowing the physician who had delivered me. My plan was to be a homebirth midwife, but I was inspired by a dynamic OB, and decided to follow in her footsteps. I tried to bring the energy of the home birth into the hospital setting and would often take transfers from home and birth centers. It was a joy to maintain the atmosphere that the family desired for their birth, whether it was a multigenerational party or just nuclear family; whether using medications for pain relief or getting creative with dance, water, and songs. Continue reading “Mutual Support in Childbirth by Alexandra Johnson”
I have an opportunity, in each moment, to enter into health. The state of my body, mind, and feelings play a role in this, but not necessarily the one I have been conditioned to think. Growing up, I learned that if I had an illness, such as a flu or stomach troubles, I wasn’t well. Once the malady was treated and had passed, then I could call myself healthy again. Over time, this created a setup in which I began to feel healthy less of the time. As I got older and experienced more chronic issues, for example knee problems, thyroid dysfunction, or allergies, I was rarely able to consider myself in good health.
As a physician, I see patients of all ages with varying physical, mental or emotional conditions. Many times, those with acute illnesses relate to the state of their body with fear and anxiety. From childhood, we receive messages about how the body “should” or “shouldn’t” be. In the absence of questioning these preconceptions, we continue to live in reaction. As the state of the world often has us in crisis, this exacerbates a cycle of tension and stress.