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All in a Day: Mother’s Day

Wow, this is an easy one to write! We honestly don't usually do anything special for Mother's  Day. If I'm really on the ball, I'll have the kids sign a card for my mom and mother-in-law. If I'm really, really on the ball, I'll remember to send them.

This year however, we have great plans for Mother's Day. Adalia, Tilly and I are headed to Seattle to hear Ina May Gaskin speak. Ina May is an amazing midwife who has probably had more of an affect on modern midwifery in our country than any one else. If you haven't already, you must read her book, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.

My history with Ina May goes back a long way….

Once upon a time I lived on the Island of Hawaii with my dashing young husband. I rode my bike everywhere (including grocery shopping and prenatal visits). It was on that island paradise that I happened upon a book, Spiritual Midwifery. The book had a groovy psychedelic cover and lots of old hippie language, but oh, the stories that were contained in there!

The story of Ina May and her husband Stephen. About how they began The Farm, a commune that still exists in Tennessee, and about how they began to deliver babies and learn about midwifery. Stories of homebirths, births in old converted school buses. Births outside and in teepees. Truly inspiring stories of couples determined to give birth outside of the hospitals (which back then were still very mother/baby unfriendly). Women who were determine to breastfeed, even when doctors insisted formula was better for their babies.



Adalia circa 2010

If you know me in real life, you're probably aware that I'm a hippie at heart that was born a generation too late. I would have been on the bus, heading to Tennessee with my long-haired husband, flowing peasant skirts and bare feet in an instant. Living "off the land"…birthing at home, breasting feeding my houseful of babies.


I suppose I came pretty close. I have a husband, Birkenstocks and five acres. I bake homemade bread and knit adorable hats and sweaters. I certainly have had my share of babies (all breastfed!) and five beautiful home births. And now two daughters who are as interested in birth and midwifery as I am.

To see what other All in a Day moms are doing (and I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with hippies or Ina May) check out these links:

Carrie @   Our Full House

Christi @  Ants on a Farm

Elizabeth @   Yes They're All Ours

Kathy @  Kathy Mom of Many 

Kristy @   Homemaker's Cottage 

Lori @   Happy Busy Mama

Monica @   Natural Mama

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  1. Mary

    Have a great time ! My husband and I were born a bit too early for the “hippy movement” (1935) and were busy raising our 6 children, but we always had a sympathetic heart for their ideas. One of our sons lived on “The Farm” for about a year (with our permission . ) He was high School age and doing drugs and was interested in the Farm. Since he was only taking up space in his High School (homeschooling had yet to appear) we felt that being exposed to hippys that were not doing drugs might have a positive effect on him. Much to his dismay they expected him to WORK and work hard ! Eventually he moved on but felt that he had learned a lot from his time spent with them. We never did go back to the land the way I daydreamed about but we did live aboard a boat for many years. I really liked Ina May’s book.

  2. Karen

    Ina May Gaskin’s “Guide to Childbirth” was the book that gave me the courage to seek a VBAC with my second, after an emergency c section (preceded by a cascade of interventions at the hospital) in which I nearly bled to death. After the midwifery practice I found was barred from doing VBACs at our local hospital, I sought out a VBAC-friendly doctor (success rate of 90%), and I’ve had two successful VBACs, one with a 10 pounder and the other with a 12 pounder, no pain meds, and am looking forward to another unmedicated VBAC with this baby due in June. I’m not a hippy, but I do love Gaskin’s approach to birth in general. Our bodies are smart, we just need to listen to them!

  3. Tara J

    Have you ever read the book “A Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins. It is a biography of the first part of his journey walking on foot across America.
    I ask this because he visited The Farm. I think he visited it in the 70s.
    I think the book is pretty good. Peter meets some very interesting people on his journeys. Also, there is a surprise at the end of the book. I won’t spoil it for you, but it is a good surprise.
    I don’t know what age range it would be appropriate for though. There are some swear words used, and there is one sad part that may upset animal lovers.
    So, yeah, if you want to read it I recommend it.

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