Posts from Michelle Collins

‘Present at Life’s Commencement and Its End’
‘Present at Life’s Commencement and Its End’
by Michelle Collins | May 08, 2022
And just like that, friends, we find ourselves at the end of another season.
The Delicate Dance of Life, Work and Motherhood
The Delicate Dance of Life, Work and Motherhood
by Michelle Collins | May 01, 2022
No matter the decade we are discussing, the delicate dance of trying to balance life, work, and motherhood is as problematic today as it was during the show’s time.
'Natural Isn’t Always Perfect, and Perfect Isn’t Always Natural'
'Natural Isn’t Always Perfect, and Perfect Isn’t Always Natural'
by Michelle Collins | April 24, 2022
I identified so strongly with Shelagh as she talked through how she was so calm in the moment of that emergent and traumatic birth only to fully realize the enormity of it after the fact.
With Woman - Through the Highs and the Lows
With Woman - Through the Highs and the Lows
by Michelle Collins | April 19, 2022
Much of what we do as midwives involves standing in the moment with our patients, walking with them through the highs and lows of their life experiences.
Focusing on Postpartum
Focusing on Postpartum
by Michelle Collins | April 10, 2022
In our culture we spend a great deal of time (rightfully so) concentrated on the prenatal period, yet the postpartum period is woefully neglected.
Contrasting How We Die
Contrasting How We Die
by Michelle Collins | April 04, 2022
Thought, philosophy, and ritual around death has always fascinated me. Americans have such different views than Europeans.
Controlling Others
Controlling Others
by Michelle Collins | March 27, 2022
The storyline that riled me the most was the movement to educate “vulnerable women” (translate that to “poor women”) about contraception to be able to limit their family sizes.
A Bond that Transcends Language
A Bond that Transcends Language
by Michelle Collins | March 20, 2022
Labor and birth have a way of bonding midwives and women together, which was perfectly illustrated when Midwife Lucille helped the young Mrs. Patel.
On Poverty and Differences
On Poverty and Differences
by Michelle Collins | November 14, 2021
What do we sacrifice as a society to selectively welcome some members and not others?