Dancing in the Open Air

hulahoopWe decided to stay an extra day in New Orleans so we could visit with my aunt who has never met my children. I haven’t seen her for many years, since I was– as she put it– a curly headed cutie. She recommended an outdoors concert in Lafayette Square.

We arrived with blankets and jackets, unsure of what the weather would bring and were ready to experience something new. The kids had never attended a live concert before and were excited. My aunt gave us some tickets for food and drinks and then the music began.

My son ran right up to the front, right below the stage and listened with the headphones on that my uncle gave him. He did this, he said, because it was “so loud!”

My daughter and I shared a salad and before we knew what was where we were dancing barefoot in the southern grass. The music was a blues/rock style and as the sun set more and more people joined in our sway.

Eventually the kids had to pull me away. The combination of drunk people, marijuana and cigarette smoke and general fatigue had them begging to go home. My aunt also admitted the music wasn’t really her favorite.

But I enjoyed letting my hair down and dancing in my freedom here in the deep south.

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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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