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

Greed and Charity
Greed and Charity
by Deborah McBain | November 14, 2021
Despite the cynicism of this treatise on greed, I want to believe that Matthew Aylward’s charity is altruistic.
Envy and Admiration
Envy and Admiration
by Deborah McBain | November 07, 2021
Sister Julianne shows how someone can be steadfast in her own path and still admire and even envy a different one.
Wrath and Kindness
Wrath and Kindness
by Deborah McBain | October 31, 2021
Shelagh Turner wisely points out to her student, Corrigan, that passion is not compassion. Perhaps the sin is in not examining what the wrath is trying to teach.
Lust and Purity
Lust and Purity
by Deborah McBain | October 24, 2021
A lust for life is a pure and chaste hope for all forms of evolution, physical and social.
Glutton for Punishment
Glutton for Punishment
by Deborah McBain | October 17, 2021
Can it be sinful when we do not create boundaries between our work and our private lives? Does it become wrong when loved ones feel the brunt of our passionate desire to help?
The Demand to Do 'Good Works'
The Demand to Do 'Good Works'
by Deborah McBain | October 10, 2021
Midwives in Detroit in 2021, just as in the east end of London in 1966, continue to witness the deadly consequences of social injustice.
Pride and Humility
Pride and Humility
by Deborah McBain | October 03, 2021
Deborah McBain on the intersection of wardrobes, power, and midwifery.
Exploring Season 10 Through a New Lens
Exploring Season 10 Through a New Lens
by Deborah McBain | October 01, 2021
This season, each of my next seven blog entries will center around one of the seven deadly sins and the corresponding virtue it battles against.
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.