I Can Do That!

Today was a slow, restful day. I wasn’t feeling too great and I think all the traveling has worn me down. We stayed put, watched movies, chit chatted with my family and ate comfort food.

For dinner, my granddaddy took us out to eat at a buffet. I thought I knew what a buffet was, but I was sorely mistaken. This place felt like someone was having a bunch of folks over to their house for an informal meal. Nothing was fancy or corporate and the food was good and homecooked tasting.

My granddaddy stopped for a minute to say hello to an elderly couple that looked to be in their 90s. They were adorable. Still very obviously in love.

When he returned to our table he told me they were a couple who had lived in the area for a very long time. The husband was a Methodist minister who had retired and his wife had been a local school teacher. Everyone knew and respected them. Despite their age they still went out to eat quite often, although nowadays they are being driven around by someone younger. He said he always makes a point to stop and greet them when he sees them.

After dinner he told me that they had asked who he was with and he had explained that I was his granddaughter and my kids were his great grandchildren. He told them that I was on my way from California to New Hampshire and that I am a midwife by trade.

The wife spoke up here and said something very quietly. My granddaddy says she rarely talks and when she does her husband has to translate because her voice is so soft and shaky these days.

“What was that?” my granddaddy asked.

The Methodist minister translated by saying, “She says she can do that. Help birth babies.”

I don’t doubt it. I also don’t doubt that when she was doing so it wasn’t that big of a deal. I doubt she helped birth babies while looking over her shoulder for armed police. I’d love to see that threat disappear.


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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