Being "With Woman"

September 30th through October 7th is National Midwifery Week. According the the National American College of Nurse-Midwives, "National Midwifery week was created to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care."

No Ordinary Women would like to recognize midwives as undeniable examples of sisterhood at it's finest. The following is a piece written by Stephanie Curtis, a certified nurse midwife, extraordinary woman, and a friend to NOW.

One of our patients gave me a gift. I was perplexed as to why. I didn’t think we had a particularly strong connection. She labored beautifully and didn’t need much assistance. She turned down most of my suggestions. She handed me the present and told me this birth had been the best of her three and she felt I was an integral part of it.

I was? Really?

"Yes. You listened to me. I felt heard."

There are too many instances in health care where women are not heard. One of the worst things is when she feels like she isn’t "allowed" to do something.

"They wouldn’t let me decline."

"They wouldn’t let me choose an alternative."