We found out that baby #1 was coming 2 months after we got engaged. Shocked wasn’t the word, considering that we were barely 20 years old and weren’t even sure that we ever wanted children. We decided that one baby would be delightful, and that gorgeous daughter was born in October.

Her birth taught me a lot about how important knowledgeable support and education were to birthing. I became a doula when she was 1 year old and had a thriving practice.
I also began bellydancing and around this time. Before long, I was assisting a local midwife in her practice and had the opportunity to see many beautiful home births.

5 years and 100 births or so later, we decided that another baby was a great idea. After an early miscarriage, we conceived little girlie #2. We decided to birth this baby at home.
My labor was quick and easy, and I’m still trying to decide if it was the bellydancing, the trust that I had gained from seeing so many natural births, or the simple fact that second babies are often easier to get out!

Now, nearly 7 years later, I am still attending births at home with a very busy practice; now officially as an apprentice midwife, dance 3 times a week, perform with my troupe regularly; and I teach bellydance to many of our pregnant clients as well!

I have the honor of touching many pregnant bellies. I see women use their bodies in what I consider to be two of the most powerful ways it can be used – in dancing as a tribe and while
birthing their babies. What a blessing.

Thanks for the great site and the opportunity to tell our stories.



5 thoughts on “Nan

  • Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    i’m not sure why, but i absolutely LOVE that picture.
    you look fantastic!

  • Monday, December 4, 2006 at 8:46 am

    Lovely. Would have liked to see a belly dancing pic with that post. :)

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 10:49 am

    Sorry if this is rude to ask, but I was wondering if you breastfed, and if you had any issues? My breasts look like yours — very widely spaced — and my LC said that that can be a sign of not enough breast tissue for a full milk supply. (I had supply issues). Thank you.

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    I’m so glad you asked this question!
    I am also a breastfeeding educator.
    The answer is, yes, I did nurse my kids…they nursed for about 3 years each.

    However, I always made *just enough* milk. I couldn’t pump milk to leave with my babies. My babies both wanted more food than I could give them by milk alone starting at 4 months.
    I continued to nurse them, but they also ate food from that time.

    I do know now that I have “hypoplastic” breasts, and perhaps you do to.
    This can often mean a reduced supply.
    I was ignorant of this at the time I was nursing my babies….and I have to say that I’m glad I was. Otherwise I may have panicked instead of trusting my body, my instincts and my babies.

    One final word – women with these issues need to be committed to nursing their babies on demand. Also, don’t assume that you will have a reduced supply – take a wait and see attitude….and get an excellent Lactation Consultant.

    Best of luck,

  • Friday, August 8, 2008 at 12:49 am

    You’re amazing. You sound so confident and just like, an all around beautiful person.

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