I am a direct-entry midwifery student interested in the intersections of health and race, class, sex, gender, sexuality and disability. I am a white, queer, Pagan, able-bodied woman who grew up in a working class family. I have one biological sister and many more chosen sisters. I’m vegetarian, I like to ride my bike, and I am passionate about urban gardening. Also, I’m a damn fine cook.

Email me at k.emvee[at]gmail[dot]com.

23 responses to “About

    • Yaminette,

      I’m so glad you found me! I’m so excited to hear anything you have to share about your experiences as a mother (and anything about your adorable son).

      I couldn’t entice you to let me post your birth story, could I?

  1. Hey there,

    You are currently living the path I hope to walk in a few years (foodlove and all). I just discovered your blog via this: http//www.nursingdegree.net/blog/54/50-best-blogs-for-neonatal-nurses/ and have just started poking around. I;m sure you mention it somewhere I haven’t found yet, but where are you doing your midwifery training?

    GREAT NAME, by the way.


    • Welcome! I’m happy to have you come by my blog. I started as a doula with CAPPA and quickly realized I was meant to be a midwife and not a doula. I’m currently studying at Birthwise Midwifery School. And thanks for the compliment on my blog name. I’m a big fan of it myself.

      • Hello! I have also just discovered your blog. I realize this is an old post (I haven’t yet read your new ones), but I am really interested in your sentiment when you say that you started as a doula but then realized that you are meant to be a midwife. I am in a similar situation, I am currently a doula in training and am obsessed with midwifery. What made you realize that midwifery is your calling and not being a doula?

        Thank you so much!

        • Very exciting stuff, Mary! Basically, I attended my first doula birth and was overwhelmed with the feeling that I wanted to be a midwife. I had thought about it before, but it wasn’t until that first birth that I realized not only did I want to be a midwife, but that I could be a midwife (as in, I felt like I could hack it – the long hours, the responsibility, the intensity, etc. of doing this full-time). From there, I kept exploring and getting nudges from my partner, from my Goddess, from my community. I wish you luck on your path! Honor your intuition, do some investigating and thinking and dreaming. And do some research on all of the educational paths to becoming a midwife that are out there. You have lots of options!

    • Glad you stopped by! It’s important for us queers to stick together – especially in healthcare. I’ve been enjoying your blog since you stopped by!

  2. I’m not in the health care industry, but i love learning things right from you guys. And i must say your blog is awesome. Can i add your site in my blogroll at scrubpoint.com? It’s pretty dull yet, so some life to it by bringing in people right from the medical industry.

    I’ll be waiting for a reply. Thanks!

    btw, we are giving away three $50 gift certificates this feb. You might be interested to join. only one comment at http://www.scrubpoint.com/2010/01/14/i-shared-a-heart-at-pulse-uniform/ is needed.

  3. oh my GOD. Class? Race? Being Queer AND birth?! Where have you been all my life!? Now I’ve got a ton of back reading to do.

    I’m just a bisexual anarchist labor and delivery nurse in school to become a nurse midwife.

    Oh, and I have a tattoo of a pomegranate on my back. ;)

    • A big special welcome to you! Folks like us have to stick together, I figure. It’s one of the most exciting things happening for me in the birth world – I keep bumping into folks who are interested in the intersectionalities of American living and being birth workers. I think it’s time to make some really positive changes together, don’t you think?

  4. Can’t believe I didn’t know about your blog before! Just looking through and completely loving all the old posts. Having an OMG moment like Red Pomegranite up there! Great to hear another voice out there talking about the things that are important to me, too. And BTW, I see you spent some college years in the Valley — I went to Hampshire, then UMASS/Amherst. Look forward to following as you begin your midwifery practice, and hopefully I won’t be too far behind in starting midwifery training. (ps. I”m @birthandbloom) :)

    • Welcome! I’m so glad you found me. I’m always excited when another person from the valley gets into birth work (there are quite a few of us, really). I’m really happy you stumbled upon my blog, happy you’re enjoying the older posts, and thrilled to make your acquaintance! Stay awhile, pull up a chair and have a cup of tea.

  5. Another Mainer! I just happened to find one of your comments on At Your Cervix and realized we live nearby each other! I am a birth doula and childbirth educator living in West Paris. So glad to meet you and I look forward to reading your posts. You’re welcome to check out my blog as well! http://www.birthamiracle.wordpress.com

    • By the way, you mentioned you just finished up your first year at Birthwise. I may have met you last fall when I volunteered for a prenatal class so the students could palpate my belly. I was expecting my third child and mentioned that I might be carrying twins – which I wasn’t! So cool to reconnect with you!

    • Welcome! Another one of those Maine towns that is really another foreign place. Paris, along with China, Naples, Sweden, Norway, and Wales. Love it.

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