Natural Mom Monday FEATURE: The Midlife Midwife, Sharing the Love Drug

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
I am still basking in the afterglow of Oxytocin bliss that generously flowed forth at the Midwifery Today conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After all, this "love hormone" is responsible for all of our euphoric feelings including "maternal behavior, lactation, selective social bonding and sexual pleasure"--- and at this convergence of birth advocates, it was abundant.

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!

The estrogen style powwow started off with a very powerful testosterone laden diesel suburban truck that was to be my ride. My midwife friend and mentor, Jennifer Rush CPM from Vermont, stopped to pick me up and away we drove!

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 took some amazing classes during my 5 days of splendor. Gail Hart and Carol Gautschi taught midwifery skills, I intently listened with goose bumps to Elizabeth Davis, did some butt-over-head maneuvers with Gail Tully, and God whispered to us all through the Amish midwives. At the end of every long day, we closed with group midwife sharing of stories and tricks-of-the-trade.
Here is my facebook post from day #3:
"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."
My desire is to share this love with women as a midwife. As a woman, you should feel love. You should be honored. You should have choices. You should feel safe. You should receive compassion. You should dream, and hope, and have courage. Being a midwife, will give me wonderful opportunities to impart loving bliss to women. And through this, SHE will give this love to her family.

I thank you Midwifery Today for honoring me.
“Birth works as is.” - Elizabeth Davis

Where do you feel most surrounded by love and support?
 
~ Melissa 


Melissa Lawlor is married to a loving, hard-working man and mother to 3 hockey playing, lacrosse throwing boys. In her "free-time" she is a student Midwife, Registered Nurse, Doula, Lactation Consultant, and La Leche League Leader. She lives a holistic, organic, life-style, nurturing her family through the earth with fruits and vegetables she grows, and meat raised on pasture without hormones or antibiotics. She uses chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, essential oils, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy to help keep her body in balance.


2 comments:

Super jealous. Nice post!

I'm not even a midwife in training and I'm super jealous too!

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