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The Voice of Reason by Midwifery Today

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“Good luck with that cesarean section problem,” said my webmaster as he posted the beautiful home water birth photos of mother Kalista and baby Loki with father Trace and sister Sophie immersed in love, joy and newborn water. “It seems we were talking about that problem 30 years ago.” Yep, he’s right. We were.

By 2013, ACOG had released their new definitions for gestation, making 40 weeks term and paving the way for inductions at 39 weeks. California-licensed midwives received news of tighter restrictions for homebirth. National and world statistics worsened for infant and maternal mortality making it seem reasonable to move toward higher requirements for birth worker education and tighter control for standards in childbirth. ACOG seems to be the voice of reason.

I, however, am the voice of another reason. In all these rulings, standards, guidelines and laws, the voice of the mother is rarely seen as the expert. Her final knowing and final word ought to stand firm above the knowing of others about her; this is a human rights issue. As we midwives started to create a tiny space to serve mothers, serve our callings and serve ourselves without being thrown into prison, we thought the mother’s voice was heard through our midwifery voice; this was our initial mistake. The Cherokee made the same mistake in calling all men brothers as the foreign foot stepped onto this land. Another’s voice can never replace the one to whom actions are being taken or suggested, especially when the action is insisted upon with threats of death. This is why one must go deep and quietly into the presence of birth to see what miracles are possible.

In his latest book, Childbirth and the Future of Homo Sapiens, Michel Odent concludes, “Let us work as if it is not too late.” Some may work for legislation, others for research, some with colleagues and some with mothers, but may all work with heart and soul with little thought of self and much thought of the seventh generation. I have many passions, but intellectualizing and standardizing birth is not one of them. So I am the voice of undisturbed birth and I am saying, “Stop frightening birthing mothers.” May we learn how to speak our truths without frightening others and without frightening ourselves.

Meanwhile, I wonder, why can’t we see that the way we are handling birth and the very real correlating outcomes are making things increasingly worse? Who cares how much more qualified, educated, scientific, evidence-based, equal or superior we have all become if we as a collective motherhood and as a collective midwifehood are more afraid of birth and, therefore, act accordingly. I’m not sure anyone with any education or training is best suited to be with a birthing mother. If a mother can somehow escape the claws of a professional, she ranks in the numbers of those women who are birthing the last free human beings on our planet—the last human life free from needles, machines, drugs, plastic, spotlights and the coercion of fear.

~ Sister MorningStar
Excerpted from “Voice of Reason,” Midwifery Today, Issue 110
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Numerology for Monday, 5 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 05/October/2015

The truth is crystal clear to you and you may reach the point that you can’t just stand by, looking on and keeping the peace on the outside. Seeing things from the point of view of others may also be important today. So, don’t get carried away with yourself and keep things positive, whatever you have to say, remember love, joy and gratitude.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Numerology for Sunday, 4 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 04/October/2015

Obstacles may be shaking things up at every level, but among this you may see what needs to change. It may feel like ‘make or break’ and you may feel stuck but there are great opportunities here for growth and change. It’s time to let go of the past, set goals and focus on moving forward. Break the pattern of resignation and procrastination – it’s time to believe you can turn things around. Be grateful to obstacles they connect you to others in a whole new way, keep you focused and grounded.

Jane Alton

~Jane Alton

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Numerology for Friday, 2 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 02/October/2015

You have lots of ideas and want to inspire others with your work. There may be a great deal of emotion and procrastination going on behind the scenes and your bark may be worse than your bite. You may be scaring others away, when you need them in your world.

Master your emotions and your fears and you can totally inspire others. Recognize that while things may not be happening as quickly as you would like and you may have to work with others more than you had planned, everyone is doing the best they can. Live and let live, understand that we are all here in service.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Numerology for Wednesday, 30 September 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 30/September/2015

You plan with great intelligence, are determined and you do your homework before opening your mouth. You truly want to uplift others with your vision and may be regarded as an expert in your field. But, you may have to ‘get real’ with regard to your plans, as you may be holding on too tightly to your way of doing things. Be open and accepting of new ways of doing things, you may find co-operative ventures inspire you to think in new ways and help you to connect with others in whole new ways.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Numerology for Monday, 28 September 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 28/September/2015

The courage to be yourself and to do things in your own way is important to you today. You may feel forced into doing and may be making decisions with little emotion. But, good things may come from ‘going with the flow’ so try not to spend any of your energy hanging onto how things were. You want to look after others, but may find you help them most when you inspire yourself and others by living your truth. Feel the love. Share the love. Be the love.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Feng Shui Tip: Pets are Magical Healers

Gracie and Ty resting

What is it about pets that make us feel so happy? Is it their loyalty and unconditional love? Pets are really good life energy to have around and they enhance the Feng Shui of your living space, especially if you work outside the home and your home is left empty during the day.

 

They bring plenty of yang energy to counteract the yin energy of the quiet silence. Their good energy makes us feel upbeat and happy, especially when they greet us as we return home. Even it your pet or pets have torn up an item or had an accident in your home, they really are powerful Healers to have in your life. Always try to see the good in something ‘bad’ that they do. It is such good karma and energetically Balancing to be kind to your pets and have compassion for them. After all, they are helping us more than we realize!

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

The picture above is my two dogs, Gracie and her son, Ty.

Numerology for Thursday, 24 September 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 24/September/2015

You may feel unsettled today, wanting security and stability, as well as freedom. You may feel passionate about contributing to the group and making a difference, but you have to be practical. Try to be patient, understand that everything goes in cycles and that change is guaranteed. Get your act together and try to stick to one thing at a time. With discipline there can be freedom despite the limitations. You always have free will but you can’t talk your way out of everything. Love yourself love your work and everything in your life will work, hate and your world will get smaller and smaller.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Numerology for Tuesday, 22 September 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 22/September/2015

Try not to hide your warm sensitive heart behind such a forbidding exterior. Give yourself time to dream and recharge. You may feel you are fighting for the survival of your creativity. You may feel restless and may want to start lots of new projects, as you have lots of ideas and want to do things in new ways. Focus on one step at a time, decide, what is your responsibility and what isn’t. You may find that your re-evaluations mean a massive letting go – giving something up to serve a bigger/higher purpose, as well as working with others more and seeing the lighter side of life, rather than ‘you against the world’.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Numerology for Monday, 21 September 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 21/September/2015

Try not to get too carried away with owning the latest gadgets. Yes, they may help you work more efficiently, but your true strengths lie within. Focus in developing your creativity and inspiration even though you may find this involves a massive letting go, as well as a great deal of emotion. Believe in your talents and have confidence in yourself. No more hiding behind gadgets, work and status.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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