About The Author

Deborah McBain

Deborah McBain is a former certified nurse-midwife and practiced full-scope midwifery in Metro Detroit for 20 years. For 23 years before her midwifery career she practiced as an RN in medical/surgical, obstetrical and neonatology units. During her career, in addition to her midwifery practice, she taught childbirth education, led menopause support groups and mentored nursing, midwifery and medical students and residents.

McBain graduated from Wayne State University–Detroit with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science and from the Case Western University–Cleveland with a Master’s Degree. She received her midwifery education through Frontier Nursing Service, Community–based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP) in Hyden, Ky. She began her midwifery career at an out-of-hospital birth center and retired from the Henry Ford Medical System Midwifery Practice in 2016.

“I am humbled by the trust that families consistently have in midwives to safely guide them through the journey of pregnancy and birth. It is trust that must be reciprocated to be valuable. Midwives must also trust women and the process of birth. It is a sacred mutual trust that has spanned history. I am honored to be part of this ongoing story of women, birth and life.”

Latest Posts by Deborah

Seeing Stars
Seeing Stars
by Deborah McBain | April 27, 2020
When a blow is suffered, do you see pain or brightness in the stars in your head? I choose to shape a hopeful brightness. The pause becomes a push to be better.
The Challenge of Change
The Challenge of Change
by Deborah McBain | April 20, 2020
Human interaction is complicated. Change is challenging. Be ready for missteps, misunderstandings and misbehaviors.
A Different Spring
A Different Spring
by Deborah McBain | April 13, 2020
Yes, Spring is altered and different this year for humans, but nature goes about her business as usual.
Fundamental Caregiving
Fundamental Caregiving
by Deborah McBain | April 06, 2020
The future still holds hope and opportunity to shape the culture into one that will recognize the fundamental significance and all-encompassing scope of caregiving and caregivers.
Carrying Our Past Into the Future
Carrying Our Past Into the Future
by Deborah McBain | March 30, 2020
Deborah McBain on how our past shapes our future.
Chain of Love
Chain of Love
by Deborah McBain | December 26, 2019
As Dr. Turner and the Midwives left East London to connect with the people in the Hebrides, they passed barriers. From roaming sheep to bristling matriarchs, they found links and bonds.
The Poetry of Life
The Poetry of Life
by Deborah McBain | May 22, 2019
Deborah McBain on the importance of supporting roles.
On the Frontlines with Sexually Transmitted Diseases
On the Frontlines with Sexually Transmitted Diseases
by Deborah McBain | May 13, 2019
Deborah McBain says this Call the Midwife episode suggests we look at each other with fresh eyes.
We'll Continue to Muddle Through, Together
We'll Continue to Muddle Through, Together
by Deborah McBain | May 06, 2019
Deborah McBain on getting through struggles and finding peace -- in Poplar or Dearborn.
The Midwife’s Daughter
The Midwife’s Daughter
by Deborah McBain | April 22, 2019
Deborah McBain on her role as both a midwife and mother.
Life Bound Up in Mysteries
Life Bound Up in Mysteries
by Deborah McBain | April 15, 2019
Deborah McBain speaks to the mystery of how we come to different conclusions on keeping children safe.
There is Still Much Worth Fighting For
There is Still Much Worth Fighting For
by Deborah McBain | April 08, 2019
Deborah McBain on the importance of continuing to fight for human rights and respect.
Making Room for Hope and Compassion
Making Room for Hope and Compassion
by Deborah McBain | April 01, 2019
Deborah McBain on the secrets and silence communities keep which result in dangerous solutions to problems that then cause more problems.
Spirit and Soul of Midwifery
Spirit and Soul of Midwifery
by Deborah McBain | May 07, 2018
Deborah McBain on how Season 7 delved deeply into what it means to be a member of a community.
Life Shattered
Life Shattered
by Deborah McBain | April 30, 2018
Deborah McBain recounts the true story of a community shaken by loss.