Firworks and Freedom

As we approached Sierra Vista, the mountains just south of the town appeared to be steaming. A fire was being extinguished and the entire town was shrouded in its smoke.

We were greeted by a family of friends whose hospitality will go down in McCall history. They treated us to pizza and pasta, the children played with our children and much merriment and intelligent discussion was had.

As the evening wore on, there were fireworks… in the middle of February. Odd that. But fitting for my recent release just the same. We laughed and chatted deep into the night and were awoken to the smell of homemade breakfast. Hospitality is a lost art to most, but this family has it in spades!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe drove another six hours east. Slowly, the rugged Arizona desert with all its mystical, dark charm, faded into the flat brownness of southern New Mexico. My son took a photo of it on his disposable camera and I joked that he was shooting a picture of nothing.

I bore easily of flat, brown, foreverness. And now that we are curled up in our hotel room in El Paso, I’m dreading tomorrow’s forever nothingness across the length of the great state of Texas. Ugh.

Tomorrow night? Austin! And the reuniting of old friends. 🙂

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About supportmidwifekatiemccall

Katie McCall was born at Pomona Valley Hospital in Southern California by scheduled c-section as a frank breech due to the current medical system insistence that breeches should always be delivered that way. Katie's father's family was filled with teachers, her mother's family was filled with healers. It is no surprise then, that she went on to have her own two children and spend her adult life involved in a combination of teaching and healing through midwifery, childbirth education, doula work and serving families in Southern California. Katie attended USC for her general education and then went on to study with the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth to become a certified childbirth educator. Shortly thereafter, she certified as a birth doula (labor assistant) with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. Katie was also mentored through a pregnancy and birth support business called The Birth Connection in Glendale, CA, which Katie later purchased and expanded to include a 1500 square foot education facility, retail store and birthing center. She enrolled in midwifery school and apprenticed with the midwives who ran the birth center as well as with midwives who attended homebirths. She sold her business to pursue her midwifery education full time in 2006 and passed her midwifery (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 2008. She went on to gain her Midwifery License from the State of CA Medical Board in 2010. Katie has received supplementary education in lactation to become a lactation educator, vaginal birth after cesarean support, support of sexual abuse survivors, aromatherapy and is neonatal and CPR certified. She assisted over 500 couples through childbirth education and attended over 550 births as of 2011. As a Southern California native, she has a wide range of experience, serving mothers from diverse backgrounds. She believes her job is one of empowering women to develop their own trust and connection with their bodies and their babies during their own unique journey into motherhood. If she has learned anything through her experience with birth, it is that every birth is as different as the women who are laboring. On August 17th, 2011 Katharine “Katie” McCall, a licensed midwife, was convicted of practicing medicine with out a license for a 2007 birth she assisted as a student. The charge arose from a home birth where Katie's supervising midwife could not arrive because she was at another birth. Instead of leaving the family to birth unassisted, Katie stayed. She recommended that the family transfer to the hospital and the family refused. They were aware that she was only a student midwife and that she was unable to secure an overseeing mid
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One Response to Firworks and Freedom

  1. jessemathewson says:

    Reblogged this on Jesse Talks Back and commented:
    Fun times- and you’re always welcome! 🙂

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