paths to becoming a midwife

since my decision to become a cpm (certified professional midwife), the strangest thing has started happening.  in my many conversations about birth-related issues, several women (mostly older women) have told me that secretly, deep down inside, they’ve always wanted to be midwives.  the feeling, they say, seems irrational given their chosen life paths, and many of them brush it off as a “in my next life” sort of thing.  the rationalizations go something like this: “well, i’m certainly too old for a career change,” or “but i’m almost finished with graduate school for an entirely different field,” or “people would think that i’m crazy!” Read the rest of this entry »

getting an herbal education

i hope those of you who are casually interested in herbs are enjoying my posts so far.  truly this is something that i had to do so that i wouldn’t forget everything i was learning, and i know from my experience at university that there’s no better way to learn than to teach.  it is my sincerest wish, however, that there are at least a few of you who are left wanting more information than i could ever supply in a measly little blog.  i hope there are those of you who, like me, have been bitten by the bug and want to know everything there is to know about herbs and about managing your health and the health of your community.  a word about that before i go further…someone once told me that, to learn everything an herbalist needs to know, you would need seven lifetimes.  at first i thought this was ridiculous, but the more i learn, the more i know that i don’t know….and that’s ok! Read the rest of this entry »

good sources for herbs and supplies

one of the many joys (insert sarcasm here) about living in a small southern town is that there are very few local resources when it comes to fresh, quality herbal products.  sure you can get some out of this world basil from the snow’s bend farm stand at our local farmer’s market, and sure if you really know what you’re doing you can wildcraft your own plants, but when it comes to the bulk of a budding herbalist’s needs, you really need to know where to turn for quality products.

*note:  when i say “herbalist” i don’t only mean someone who has gone through years of school and now treats clients–I also mean women who know to treat their own bladder infections with cranberry and moms who know that fennel tea will help their breast milk let down.  we’re all herbalists to some extent 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »