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Mothers Are My Heros by Beverly Lowther CNM

As a midwife, I get a chance to take a small glimpse into the lives of mothers to some extent and what they do for their children.  Having no children of my own, I don't understand the full concept of what it is to be a mother. I feel though that it gives me a “outside looking in” perspective. I have been able to observe mothers and mothering in many various aspects from family, to friends, and clients and just in our culture in general. If I am honest, mothers are my heroes. I really do feel that mothers are critical part to causing life change and influencing our world. Changing a diaper or wiping the face, or taking someone to soccer may seem insignificant in your mind or may become routine; but for a child it is the world because it is the future. The time that you take to read a book, to listen to a story they tell you even if it doesn't make sense, to pay attention to them in the small moments of life can impact them for life. It is so easy in the fast pace of life tha…

Betsy: Mother, Teacher, Doula, and Midwife

I took a very circuitous route to becoming a midwife.  When I first went to college I didn’t have a strong pull toward any profession, but I did like to do art, so that became my major.  At one point, my grandfather pulled me aside and said, “Your grandmother was a teacher, your mother was a teacher and you should be a teacher, too.”  I know he meant well, but as a typical teen, I didn’t really like to follow unsolicited advice, so not only did I stick with art, I made sure not to become an art teacher. 
Fast forward to several years after graduation.  I was pregnant and knew the people to see when pregnant were midwives.  I sought out a group of midwives and saw them for my prenatal care.  At one point they asked if I planned to take a birth class, and steered me toward Bradley classes.  Within minutes of the start of the first class, I knew it was the right class for me, and I thought maybe someday I should teach it.  So when my daughter was 2 years old, I became a Bradley Method …