I am so pleased to bring a multipart series about herbs for birthworkers written by the incredible Alexis J. Cunningfolk, the herbologist at Worts + Cunning Apothecary! (Full disclosure, she is also my partner, but I am not lying when I say that she is an excellent and engaging herbologist.)
But more importantly, dear birthworkers, this series will help you take care of yourself. And that is so important it is impossible to overstate how important it is. If you’re like most birthworkers I know, you know that this is crucial to your wellbeing and your continued ability to practice, but you find it hard to make this a priority in your life. I know you’re busy, I know you keep strange hours, and I know that especially if you are a student, you may have very little control over your schedule (not to mention be struggling with financial issues due to the nature of apprenticeships). That’s why this is even more important for you than for everyone else. I promise.
Let me tell you that I, for one, am incredibly invested in not getting burnt out. I am just becoming a midwife and I want to be able to practice and serve families for a good long, long, long time. I look around and I see many many midwives who are burnt out or who may be mentally willing to continue but physically their bodies are putting on the brakes and breaking down to force them to take care of themselves. Either way you slice it, this is no good. This series will give you tools for self care, not burning out, taking care of yourself when you keep very odd hours, and much more.
Keep reading – Source of Strength: Herbs for Birthworkers.