Student Midwife, Melissa Lawlor, shares with us an ALL-STAR midwifery event, her brush with celebrities, and remembering her passion for empowering women in the latest Midlife Midwife Blog.
“I can see McDonalds emblems on your placenta.” - Carol Gautschi
For over a year I have anxiously awaited for this conference to come to the East Coast. I ear-marked it on the calendar. I prepared my household of men for a week without Mom. (Not an easy task and usually met with resistance, because no one can cook or clean or pick up socks like I can).
I circled classes, erased classes, added classes, couldn't quite decide which awesome classes to miss. Yup, Mom was running away to the Midwifery Today conference for five WHOLE days of much needed girl-bonding!
4 hours later of giggling, gossiping and sharing we arrived at our destination. You know you are in the right hotel, when you read license plates that say “PUSH”, “BIRTH”, “MIDWIFE”, and bumper stickers that say “MIDWIVES DO IT IN ANY POSITION” and “SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MIDWIFE, MAKE LOVE.”
Walking around the hotel and I see celebrities EVERYWHERE! I can hardly contain myself. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! They are in the pool, the restaurant, the lobby. I find myself suddenly shy and words leave my cerebral frontal cortex because I am swimming in famous folks. I want to gawk at them and sneak pictures! Just for the record, I caught myself before I became stalker status.
“Brad Pitt and Angelina,” you say? Nope - not the celebrities of Hollywood. The celebrities of Midwifeyhood! And they are decked out in flowing skirts, hand-knitted socks and birkenstocks!
We shared an elevator with Jan Tritton - she is THE mastermind editor and founder behind Midwifery Today - she even talked to us! (gulp). Michel Odent - he nodded and winked at me (mouth went dry!) and lastly, we had our picture taken with none other than Ina May Gaskin! ( I almost fainted because I met my “idol”).
|That's ME standing to the left of the Mother of ALL Midwives, Ina May Gaskin!!!|
"I donʼt ever want to leave this cocoon of love, acceptance, honesty, and hugs. The sisterhood of midwives is so supportive and strong. I can tell you that I cried every day while I was at this conference. My tears were not sad tears. These were tears of love, hope, and strength. Some of my tears were for honoring my midwife calling. And other tears I shed for joy. I felt so at peace emotionally surrounded by Oxytocin love."
I thank you Midwifery Today for honoring me.
“Birth works as is.” - Elizabeth Davis