Liberty in Virginia

We didn’t want to leave East Bend. It was very hard to say goodbye. Even the countryside looked less warm as we drove away.

We headed north along the mountains to Lynchburg, Virginia.

Ok, I have to stop here for a moment to have a word with my Southern friends.

First, why oh why do “y’all” have the same dang city names from one state to the next? Second, why do “y’all” insist on having 25 names for the same road.

My GPS says “turn right at highway 380/interstate 70/260/Hully Road.” WHICH ONE IS IT???

Anyway, I digress. We arrived in Lynchburg to meet with a friend I have only met on facebook who is elected into that body of folks who make laws. He is a legislator. But he is a libertarian with a capital “L” and he is interested in repealing and resisting legislation more than writing laws.

I appreciate his position. As a felon I cannot even consider what he does, but he is passionate about it. We discussed midwifery and religion and how the two intersect in areas and the arguments of some about why they never should.


I passed Hurt on the way to Virginia. You’d think I’d be over it all… but I’m still driving.

And here I must admit that my kids are definitely done with the road trip. They have now BOTH become travel weary and act like an ingrown hair. Inflamed, embarrassing and obvious.

Poor fellah had to encourage them to lay down their battle axes on a couple occasions.

But I’m still not done driving. I still have enough angst to drive into the Atlantic and then some. I sincerely hope that drive dies before my kids do.

We eventually rolled back into the cramped, stinky and dirty car that we’ve called home for nearly three weeks and headed for the Confederate Capitol: Richmond.

Our hostess here is brilliant. I didn’t realize how much so until we sat down and began to talk and our talking propelled us into the late night. She is a repository of midwifery history and has firsthand knowledge of so many prosecutions. I was excited to find that our conclusions match to a T. Not that agreeing with me makes you right, but it certainly helps. 🙂



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 Liberty in Virginia

  1. Renee says:

    Three weeks on the road! Wow! I didn’t realize it had been that long. Good stuff, you are doing it!

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