The mystery of the Rose Dark Night of Birth by Leopi Nicola
Midwifery and Me
Midwifery has truly been a calling for me. At the ripe old age of 24, I became a midwife. So many years have passed and this path still fills my heart with a quiet fire of passion, focus and energy. I know, that for the rest of my life, my path will continue to be the path of the Sacred Arts of Feminine Healing and Midwifery on some level.
In 1984, I started my journey as a midwife in El paso on the border of Juarez, at the Maternity Center, a birth center. I then returned to New Mexico, and began my own practice. I became licnesed there within 3 months! When I left El Paso, and moved to New Mexico, I transitioned from a more clinical style of midwifery, to a holistic focus, integrating medicinal foods, homeopathy, psychology, philosophy of homeopathy and later, Ortho-Bionomy which is rooted in Osteopathy and is a form of structural and subtle body work.
I feel very connected to my grassroots and like to feel that I represent all Midwives from the past to present and to the future as I move us forward into our modern world.
I am also a painter, and my work as a midwife has deeply influenced my work as a painter and vice a versa. I truly believe that being a midwife and healthcare practitioner is simply another art form. I also feel a tremendous responsibility as a woman and midwife, to represent, honor, preserve, sustain and to re~birth and invigorate the feminine Arts of Healing in our society. I am sad to see this paradigm be quite overshadowed by the medical Model of healthcare in our present culture. I hope that we find balance and honor both perspectives equally.
My paintings are a reflection of my love for the sacred body. As an ortho-bionomist, I am in awe of the vast and subtle dimensions of our anatomy and also the expressiveness of the body as it heals from within.
I think being a figurative painter has influenced my work as a body therapist and vice a versa. I am grateful to both.
The Midwives Model of Care
I practice the Midwifery model of Care. The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.
• Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother and family throughout the childbearing cycle
• Providing the mother and family with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum support
• Minimizing technological interventions
• Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
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“Birth is the arrival of somebody from another place. The person who is arriving must be welcomed, must be made to feel that she has arrived in a place where there are human beings who will receive her gifts.”
– Sobanfu Some
Midwifery is the root of all feminine healing. The midwife has always held a diverse range of healing, teaching and consulting within her community.
I believe pregnancy, birth and lactation are normal events of a life cycle for a mother and her partner. As a midwife, I hope to nourish and support the physical and spiritual health of this transformative time for both parents. Although we as midwives honor and protect the mother always, we also remember that birth is an act of love between two people. The involvement and integration of father/partner will make all the difference in the outcome of their birth and without harmony and love between them and within themselves, the birth will be more difficult. Although the father/partner does not carry nor birth their baby, he/she also enters and passes through the same mystical threshold of life and becomes a father/parent for the rest of his life.
The way that a woman chooses to give birth is uniquely her own right. I believe that birth should be a family centered event and that the parents should choose how and where they should birth their child. I see acceptance of choosing a homebirth and it’s responsibility as a right and privilege of every parent.
I hope to provide a place of sanctuary and there provide safety, knowledge, trust, compassion, protection, Love and equality. I support the growing relationship of the parents and protect the spiritual sanctuary of this time for the mother and father/partner and their community.