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Situational Midwifery: Confessions of an UnCool Midwife

KITSAP COUNTY, Wash., July 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- I'm a midwife who's been up all night for most of the last 30 years. Before that, I was editor of a small town newspaper. I left that job swearing I'd never face another 3 am deadline. Now I'm thinking what I really needed was a good night's sleep. (And they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.)But I miss writing, so I've decided to launch a blog to record some of the brain activity that occurs between naps. I'm a little worried about exposing my tender underbelly to the pointy public, but have decided to dive in and see how we all get along.

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This blog is where I'll get on my soapbox about things I encounter as a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner.

Some ideas:

  • HPV vaccine & parents who disapprove
  • Waterbirth. I do it, but it ain't natural.
  • Birth plans. And staying flexible.

The idea I didn't have was writing about my own diagnosis and subsequent treatment for breast cancer:

So I thought I'd be posting about midwife stuff. Instead, I'm bawling into a wad of Kleenex after the second of what's going to be a whole series of breast biopsies. Not that this is anything new. I've had cysts aspirated and densities sampled, and ultrasounds and mammograms--all in excess of the usual surveillance undertaken by good girls. Hey, I'm in the business. I don't believe in the talismanic properties of medical tests, but I do them anyway.

This time seems different. Had the mammogram and got called back for more. Nothing unusual about that; it happens every time. I don't even bring my husband these days. Then I was told I needed a fine needle aspiration. Still not alarming. But it must not be too fine a needle, as the radiologist left behind a titanium marker shaped like the stupid pink breast cancer bow. I didn't get a vote, he just showed me the pictures and there it was: bow marks the spot...

Continues on: www.SituationalMidwifery.com Confessions of an UnCool Midwife

Media Contact: Kay Jackson, www.SituationalMidwifery.com, 253-509-2960, kayjackson1@mac.com

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