Recent Reading

Surprise, surprise. With two kids, I have less time to read than when I had one! In the last month, I’ve had 2 bouts of mastitis on top of all four of us falling prey to fevers that forcibly expelled bodily fluids from various orifices. It was endless fun all around the clock which involved sheet and blanket washing. Despite everything, I’ve been able to read some fascinating stuff in the last three or four months.

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
by Robert Sears

Aloe Vera
by Julia Lawless

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy
by Julia Lawless
I’ve been away from aromatherapy for too long.

Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin
by Ashley Montagu

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First
by Marsden Wagner

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
by Jennifer Block

Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
by Tina Cassidy

Shiatsu Therapy for Pregnancy
by Bronwyn Whitlocke

Shiatsu for Midwives
by Suzanne Yates

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
by Ina May Gaskin

Spiritual Midwifery
by Ina May Gaskin

Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy & Birth
by Elizabeth Davis

My Midwife

If you are in the Tri-Cities area (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco) and are looking for a good midwife, you should contact Shannon Bennett. She’s a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) with over 160 births experience over the last 3 years and has been involved with births for the last 9 years. Shannon’s quiet eyes, calm voice, and gentle hands were what I clung to desperately for twenty something hours before my precious breech baby was born in my bedroom. She is married with 4 children and lives in a beautiful, well-kept house in West Richland. You can e-mail her at <>.

I’m blogging this because none the midwives around here have their own web sites which made them invisible online. It was REALLY hard for me to find one when I was pregnant the first time … not to mention there are hardly any midwives around here anyway. Just three or four, I think.

EDITED TO ADD: She was also my midwife for my second baby and here she is with him, less than 24 hours old. I am really blessed to have her for my midwife. And she lives only 20 minutes away.

EDITED AGAIN TO ADD: She was my midwife for my third and fourth babies, too. She’s great. Pictures from Thane’s birth below.

{ photos by Shilowe Photography }