Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This Black Woman Breastfeeds!

I recently shared my breastfeeding story with Black Women Do Breastfeed. It's a new site that shares information and stories to encourage women to breastfeed. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown a decline in breastfeeding for all women despite its known benefits. Hopefully women will read these stories and be inspired.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Moments

One of Maggie's 3mos pics by

Elizabeth Paige Photography

Sarah playing dress up with her baby sis

A day at the park with special friends

Nap time for Sarah

Girls enjoying the sun!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Moments

Sisters together again!

Huff Family Easter 2010
At least one is always not happy!

My Maggie

Big smile for the camera
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Friday, April 9, 2010

A HomeBirthin Labor & Delivery Nurse...that's me!

12wks and 4 days ago I had the most profound experience that has forever changed my life. An experience that has renewed my love and passion for pregnancy & birth. An experience that reminded me of my childhood desires to "deliver babies." An experience that solidified my calling...the calling to be a Midwife that I've carried since I was 8yrs old! Yes, I believe that my Lord has placed a calling on my life to be "with women" during their pregnancies & birth.

As a child the only person that I knew who delivered babies was Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable from the Cosby Show..."push 'em out, shove 'em out, way out!" So, naively I thought I wanted to be an Obstetrician. I went off to college with the pursuit of caring the title MD. But the Lord showed me a different plan and being the obedient child that I am, I went to nursing school. There I learned about Midwifery & my soul stirred.

I sit at another crossroad in life. I have to go back to work tonight as a L&D nurse. My heart aches...aches to leave my new baby...aches to miss out on family time...aches to return to what medicine & science has done with God's perfect gift of birth. As my eyes fill with tears yet again, I am reminded of the encouraging words from a dear friend. This is my season...my time to be a Labor & Delivery nurse. My time to be with women in a different role.

So, tonight I return to work as a Homebirthin Labor & Delivery nurse. I realize that this season is starting to come to an end and it is indeed time to plan for my next role. The big question is Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) or Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)!?!?! I'm awaiting the Lord's Word.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bring Birth Home

I am so excited! Mariah's birth story has been posted onto the Bring Birth Home site. It's a great site full of stories & resources for women who choose to birth at home. I truly enjoyed reading birth stories when I was pregnant. They kept me inspired & are a true testament to the miracle of birth.

Monday Moments

Keshia "wearing" Leah in Maya Wrap sling & Devin

Leah didn't want to get out!

Keshia, Leah, Me & Maggie, Sarah

Maggie's 1st trip to P'cola beach!