The Hawk, the Squirrel and the Blue Jays

waxahatchieWe awoke this morning to an amazing home made breakfast in a delightful country home in Waxahatchie, Texas this morning. Our hostess was incredibly hospitable and charming and the fresh air, dogs, cats and horses begged for my daughter’s absolute attention.

Animals of all kinds fascinate her. She has always been more interested in their interactions than with human goings on. So it was no surprise to me that she begged me not to drive another inch when we turned right onto a residential street later that day.

Just as we turned we witnessed the grand swooping of a gigantic hawk into a small suburban tree. It was only then that we saw the reason for his decent: a small, unsuspecting squirrel leapt out from under his talons at the last moment and dove for a tree a foot away.

hawkFor the next several minutes the squirrel and hawk had an old time western style standoff. The hawk would dart and the squirrel would jump. And then they’d stare at each other before the hawk would dart again.

My kids were fascinated. I prayed (for the sake of my daughter’s soft heart) that the hawk would lose.

After this desperate, life and death game continued for some minutes we noticed an additional element: blue jays.

A group of five or six blue jays began to taunt and peck at the hawk, who was obviously much larger and stronger than they. The hawk seemed downright annoyed. And the more annoyed the hawk became, the louder the blue jays grew.

Eventually the hawk decided the squirrel wasn’t worth all the trouble and flew away to look for something easier.

This picture was fresh on my mind when I went to share a lovely lunch with the midwives of the Edenway Birth Center in Cleburne. One of the midwives reminded the others about how my story is EXACTLY why midwives need to stick together and be involved in knowing what is going on legislatively in their states. She breathed a grateful sigh for the fact that Texas is so good for midwifery for this very reason. The midwives stay alert and united.

Like the blue jays, they stick up for weaker sisters.

I was grateful to spend time with them and see their birth center. There are a lot of states who could learn a thing or two from how they care for one another.


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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