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A freedom fighter needs our help!

An Indiana woman has been added to the number of midwives in her area being targeted, presumably by a local doctor attempting to weed them out, treating them as pests of the medical establishment.

Ireena Keeslar was arrested and given inhumane treatment until her $10,000 bail was posted. And I’ve heard she’s one of the “lucky” ones being offered a bail option.

What was the midwife’s crime? Did she neglect a client, provide inadequate or bad midwifery care? Did she make a mistake leading to the injury or death of a mother or baby? Far from it.

Sadly, this midwife is just one of many responsible, well-trained and experienced midwives, who have either the ill-luck or the courage to live in a state that has yet to develop with the rest of the civilized world, criminalizing those who help bring babies into the world by arresting them under the pretense of “practicing medicine without a license”. The horror. To think the AMA doesn’t have control over everyone who does something they consider “medical”.

On April 9th, this coming Monday, Ireena Keeslar will be in court facing her attackers, and doing her best to stand up for the rights of women everywhere to choose where and with whom they give birth.

This is where we come in! Papa and I will be donating what we can afford to Ireena Keeslar’s legal fund. She can use all the financial support she can get – a good lawyer isn’t cheap! If you can give $5, $10, or $20, every dollar will help! The paypal account donations are being sent to is lysanderdarkstar@gmail.com. Click on “personal”, then “gift”, to send your donation.

Thank you so much for your help everyone! No matter what part of the country (or world!) you are from, Ireena is your neighbor, and she needs other freedom fighters to back her up against the system in place that respects no one’s freedoms.

I speak in part from personal experience, both attending home births as a doula, and having three home births myself. We are so thankful for each of our midwives, and can’t imagine a place, in our own backyard, where families like us are not able to have a most common sense thing as a midwife.

Let’s show this witch-hunting doctor a thing or two and help Ireena get back to her all-important work of helping to bring babies into the world.

Girlie gives me a prenatal

Each time our midwife comes for a visit, Girlie watches her every move very carefully. She glances over at Susi to watch her expressions, and then turns to me to see my reactions. She asks questions about each part of the checkup, and role plays “being Susi” when she leaves.

When shopping one evening I stumbled upon a favorite childhood toy that I knew would be perfect for her – a medical kit, which would do well as a midwife’s equipment. Girlie quickly decided to purchase the kit with some of her saved money, and it has since become a favorite toy of her own.

Girlie regularly asks me if she can listen to the baby’s heart beat, and proceeds to pull out her stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, my measuring tape, and in her three-year-old mind becomes Susi.

The aspiring midwife in me couldn’t be prouder!

P.S. Pal celebrated his 2nd birthday yesterday! I plan to share all about it (and him!) when I come back from my babymoon in April.

no more delaying baby plans

By the time you read this post I will be 24 weeks pregnant. Our little one is grown enough that many babies have survived being born at this age. An amazing thought. Chickie or Chap is already over a foot long and weighing about a pound. I can feel hiccups, sweeping leg movements, and regular wake/sleep cycles.  

I had another prenatal visit with my midwife last week. Baby is growing well and I continue to be in good health. We can hear his/her heart rate very well with the fetoscope now (in the 140’s!), leaving only twice that we used the doppler, and we probably won’t again until labor when it is more practical to keep an eye on the little guy.

In the meantime, I keep putting off any thoughts of preparation for another baby. This is so different from the first two especially, where I started making a birth plan as soon as I found out I was pregnant. This time I keep thinking, there is so much to do before then, I’ll wait till I’m closer to term. And now all of a sudden I’m almost six months pregnant and finally got around to asking my mom to be there for the birth (she’s been to all of them).

No more delaying plans! This baby is very special to me, and as I feel more and more movement and growth the reality of tiny cheeks, fingers, and bum are becoming more real. I’m beginning to think about the few supplies we’ll need, what I want from my (last?) birth experience, and even scrapbooking the first year.

I expect that by the next time I write about Chickie/Chap, I’ll be ready to share a few particulars about these plans, but as I mentioned before, there is so much to do! I’ve hardly started writing about this in the baby’s journal, not quite ready to type it up for you! I’ll get there… This will be an interesting story after all, especially if we do stay here through the winter and we give birth in a camper!

Need a midwife?

I’m so excited to be making this public! Visit my business blog, Birth a Miracle Services, to read about the newest service I offer :0) If you know anyone in Maine looking for a midwife, please pass on the word!

November Reads and Clips

Preview to the video tour of the U.S. capital with David Barton. Incredible! I know there is a lot of debate over whether religion should be in government, but even though the United States was not created as a religious institution or officially recognized any religion, but Christianity has been a part of our country from the beginning.

As mentioned in October Reads and Clips, FIMBY has posted it’s holiday grab bag. Visit here to find lots of ideas for homemade Christmas gifts.

As a birth doula and student midwife, with two of my three children born at home, homebirth issues are very important to me. Visit my post on Birth a Miracle Services to read about Dr. Agnes Gereb, a midwife/obstetrician who has been wrongly arrested for attending homebirths.

This month I’ve begun reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. I know some people who highly recommended the book and I found it at a $1 a bag book sale and picked it up. So far I appreciate his common sense approach on how to make money work for you. If you want to hear a thoughtful approach on teaching your children about money, do pick up a copy for yourself!

I’ve been switching up our Internet Reads page, so for new blogs check out that page at the top. You never know what you’ll find! And if you enjoy reading posts here, please make my day and subscribe to receive email updates at the bottom of this page!