Swamp People

The drive east into Louisiana was a welcome sight for sore eyes. The green, rolling hills… the forests of trees, the swamps…

The swamps.

Yes, I think they are gorgeous. Always have. My children had never seen a swamp in real life. My son had seen them only in the series “Swamp People” which I have (of course) never seen. We also saw opossum, armadillo (I saw a live one!), cranes and many, many crows. We are now, very much, in the south.

We stopped in Shreveport for lunch with a fellow and his wife that we met at Porcfest. He calls himself “Thunder” Dave and his cooking is to die for! He gave us each a bowl of his award winning soup and showed us how to dig for crawfish in the mud. He also explained how to tell a healthy tree from a diseased one and showed us around his garden. His wife was the source of wonderful entertainment while he cooked. The hospitality was southern to its finest.

I really hope they come open a southern soups and sandwiches shop in New Hampshire. Please encourage them to do so if you go to Porcfest this summer!

Even though we spent nearly as much time on the road today as we did driving across Texas, it didn’t feel half as tedious. The view was spectacular and the people were warm. We had crawfish in Lafayette with my cousins. My children learned how to eat them and my son got some of the spices in his eye! I seriously think this is how the southerners keep outsiders OUT. They invite them to eat food they are unable to get to and then when they injure themselves doing so, they make comments like, “Well WE don’t put food in our eyes. We put food in our MOUTHS…”

We finally made it, safe and sound, to New Orleans. We are staying with my Daddy’s brother Leonard. He lives about two miles from where my Daddy and he grew up in Gretna. I am exhausted but plan to conquer a semblance of sightseeing tomorrow so the kids can say they were here.

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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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3 Responses to Swamp People

  1. Delores Doyle says:

    Seems that you are learning alot about our beautiful &great country…have a great tour !

  2. Read your posts today. I hope to meet you soon. I am a transplant from Texas, now living in the Shire.

  3. angelaeg says:

    Hope you enjoy your stay in NOLA! I’m about an hour north, and glad I’ve settled here. I found your blog through Free State Project on Facebook, and hope you have a safe journey and enjoy your new life in New Hampshire.

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