There’s a wealth of good information out there about current women’s health practices, both allopathic and complementary. There are also fascinating accounts of the history of midwifery and women’s health care. I’d like this page to be a link to my Amazon Associates account where people can see short descriptions of these books and order them directly.

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  1. I agree with Anne, you are an amazing writer. I also happen to think you are beautiful and brave. I just so happen to know that there is nothing about you that is uncool, but I love the name of this blog. You always suprise me AND make me laugh!! Casting old boobs could be a whole new art form.

    • Thank you, Kim.
      Your opinion means so much to me.
      You made me think of the old boobs thing differently. Wouldn’t it be great to do that ( maybe down in the birth center), just for fun–not for anything like what I’m doing?

  2. I read it all. I could hear your voice as I read, and imagine your laugh. Felt like when we chat in the call room, and you always say something to surprise me. Some people just have that transformative power to awaken new ideas with a few words. I’ve always longed to meet a Shaman. So far, my closest experiences have been with folks like you, whose fresh expressions serve as a catalyst for new ways of seeing, altering the ordinary. Maybe shamanic powers are subtler than I assume.

    I was horrified to hear you had cancer. I’m angry–even if you aren’t. I suppose a part of me wants to believe in a divine justice, or karma, and cancer happening to someone I care for and admire wouldn’t happen in that world. I’m scared, too. I want very much for you to be completely well.

    My favorite part of your blog was the “About” section. I felt a sense of kinship. I also knew I wanted to be a midwife the first time I heard the word. It was an article about the (now defunct) Virginia Mason midwifery service. I was about 17 years old. I had to buy the copy of Spiritual Midwifery that I loaned from the library because I wore out the spine.

    I wish you well. Peace. Susan

  3. Love your writing! Your voice is clearly there, and full of wit and a clever use of words, and what you say is very meaningful. Stumbled on your link in your facebook post. Had not heard the news about your cancer and the surgery to cure it. Am wishing you well, and looking forward to reading more entries!

    • Thank you so much, Kathleen. It’s awfully nice to find folks reading these things, even though I’m always imagining many think “oh dear, TMI, TMI, she’s coming to pieces.” Decided to shut myself up and listen to those like you who have something good, or some constructive criticism to share.

  4. Oops, correction. Not FB post, was work-email r/t TORB and Epic. My brain no longer functions well in middle of night. πŸ™‚

  5. Hope the crinkles in the inflating beach balls stop hurting soon! And, work ethic be damned. Life is short. Stay off work, focus on healing in all the ways you need to/want to. Work will always be there to come back to in its own good time. K Murray

    • Thanks Kathleen. It just occurred to me that I’m actually grieving a time when I did what I did for love, not money and am experiencing some, shall we say–cognitive dissonance? Thanks for the dose of sense πŸ˜‰ .

  6. Love your post. Had forgotten some of the details and feelings associated with puberty… seems so long ago now. And, hurray for : breasts v. 2

  7. Nice to hear the good news! Love the photo, and the green ribbons. Looks like a corset for breasts! Glad the actual implants are so, so much better than the expanders. Good for you for persevering thru the past weeks, glad it’s getting better now!

  8. Thank goodness for those Nurse Practitioner friends and modern meds, huh?!! Glad you’re rising thru the crying. It happened for good reasons, but you aren’t required to figure out all the reasons. And … embrace the day!

  9. You said it! And yanno, you brought up a really good point, Kathleen. I don’t have to figure out all the reasons, or even have reasons, come to that. As a wise friend said this morning (realizing I was i the grip of yet another meltdown as I walked in the door on my first official day back), “You’re not to blame for your emotions–they’re just there.” Thank heavens for sane friends. Makes me better able to return the favor when needed. XOXO

  10. I just re-read my post and realized it could be mis-understood later. Want to clarify, for the record: I did mean the crying happened for good reasons. (crying, not cancer). Glad you seemed to take my meaning correctly! πŸ™‚
    Yep, your friend is so right. It must feel weird to cry easily right now when you’re normally a sunshiny and even-keeled girl. Those damn emotions. Just have them, let them be, let them out.

  11. What happens if you jump up and down a few times? Does that even them out? I know, not a reasonable idea. Well, Henny Penny, have faith in your body, and in gravity, and know that I’m hoping your pain patch is working better and that you have a great night’s sleep. That ought to help.

    • LOL, Kathleen. Not a good idea. I am, as we speak, admitted for re operation on the misbehaving side. Had a hugely frightening hematoma develop during my drive to what I thought was going to be an embarrassingly normal follow-up appt. Got driven to the ER after a trocar placed to reduce the pressure splashed blood all over the nurse’s shoes. So, off to surgery. Dr. N says he found the pumper & took out some 800cc in clots. More later, xoxo.

    • Have faith, but be vigilant. I am as we speak, re admitted for reoperation on that affected side due to a huge hematoma. Very scary, very painful, but Dr N found the “pumper” and all will be well. More later. Xoxo

  12. Why does all the weird, dramatic stuff happen to medical people? Unfair! Glad you’re cured, sending best wishes for uneventful, boring, standard recovery this time. You certainly have earned it!

  13. Jeepers! Your body is doing it’s best to make sure you are home from work long enough to really, really start missing it! You’ve got quite the warrior story now, and I hope the remainder of your recuperation becomes dull enough to keep you off your feet mostly, then to restful, and finally,

  14. Have wondered how things are going lately. Hope you’re having a boring recovery finally, and that you’re busy with moving into life’s events and little strolls (in the rain, I know) and too busy to write. Looking forward to your next entry, and hoping that if it is dramatic, it has nothing to do with complications. Happy healing!

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Thanks for being interested in my musings! Hearing that is chicken soup to the (sometimes) writer’s soul, I’ll tell you.

      I’ve just been so bound up in getting ready to return to work (EMR classes, exercise to get strong, & all that). I haven’t given a thought to a follow-up.

      You’ve got me thinking, though…

  15. Loved reading the waterbirth, and birth-planning, perspective. Brings back memories. Wet shoes sometimes but lovely births. πŸ™‚

  16. Love reading your creations, and I have friends who I led to your site who either have midwifery or breast cancer history in common with you, and we await more. Write again soon!

  17. Happy sewing! Hope your creation turns out just the way you plan, and that the giftee doesn’t discover it in-the-making! Merry Christmas to you both! Gifts made by your own hands are always treasures, and I admire your industry. The only thing I’ve accomplished today is a shower and reading the newspaper. With no help from the cat. πŸ™‚

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