Author Archives: Mandy Toavs

Welcome to Heirloom Midwifery Services!

Hello! Welcome back to Heirloom Midwifery Services’ blog! I’ve taken an extensive blogging hiatus to focus on my studies, finish my initial midwifery training and become a Certified Professional Midwife! I’m even licensed now that we’re living in Austin, TX and midwifery is recognized as a legitimate profession (ahem, Illinois). It is such a relief to be […]

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Heirloom, seeds, sprouts, transplants and dance

My hands are still smudged with soil; having just wrapped up my evening project… transplanting my heirlooms into larger pots, splitting the plants that came up two or three to a pot. It must happen the same every year; the weather teases us with warmth and we’re inclined to harden off our sprouts and put […]

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The Home-Stretch

In so many ways, I’m in the home-stretch with the internship. This last week and a half seems so short but so long, in that I’m ready to be home with my family intact while I’m already starting to feel the loss of this great place. The months have gone so incredibly fast and I’m […]

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Being with the Perineum

Catch by catch, the tiny but mighty details of babies exiting the womb, are becoming second nature. Each catch adds a layer of consciousness to the layer before. In the very beginning, catching babies was about not dropping them. Then it became about hand placement and maneuvers for giving traction. Then getting the feel for […]

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Arrived to clinic this morning at 0230. Fifteen minutes later, a couple waltzed into the birthing room. A G4 P3 VBAC, with two vag births since her c/s. I had to ask her to tell me when her ucs began, as this woman didn’t even breathe heavy during them. They appeared to be q 5 […]

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An Example of Precipitous

A couple of you have called me out on my pseudo-midwifery-business-name. Is it that obvious that I’d found a clever way to get the word ‘cooch’ into a midwifery biz name? It’s good, I think. But perhaps too obvious. The Ocooch Mountains are very real, you know. Well, I’ve been feeling insecure about it, and […]

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thinking in blog

It’s been awhile! I wrote a long post over the holiday about my last birth at the time, and as I went to publish it, it went somewhere else and didn’t save, so needless to say, I didn’t rewrite it. It served it’s purpose therapeutically, as I got to journal about it and get it […]

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Newborn bathing

The newborn bath. Ah, the inevitable newborn bath. Here’s me, trying to change the system from withing. Pah! One of the things I dislike most about modern maternity care is the newborn bath. It’s rough and cold and unnecessary. The smells of the amniotic fluid on the babe’s hands and the bacteria on the babe, […]

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Primal Sounds

I’ve attended five births at the clinic thus far! Even successfully administered an IV and mastered the IV pump for two inductions… well maybe didn’t ‘master’ the IV pump, but am getting the hang of it at least. During the last induction, the doc told me to “just use my judgement” about turning the pit […]

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Premonitions, listening

I pop into the clinic this afternoon, dropping by a PKU from the postpartum visit I last mentioned. M, the main nurse that will acclimate me to the clinic, approached with an apology. She apologized for not calling me yesterday, because there was a birth in the clinic. She didn’t call because she thought the […]

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