What is a Birthkeeper? How Doulas end up as Peacemakers

What is a birthkeeper? A birthkeeper is someone who is reclaiming birth from the medical industrial complex.

Birthkeepers may or may not be doulas or midwives, and may or may not be officially credentialed.

However, birthkeepers are women (yes, women) who recognize that the current system is deeply damaging.

Instead of continuing to work within the system, and witness the re-traumatization of mothers while “holding space” – birthkeepers are calling bullshit and teaching women how to take back their power.

A doula working within scope is always walking a thin line between what her clients need and want, and what she knows the medical system expects from her (i.e. cooperation and compliance, to stay out of their way).

Doulas are often relegated to the role of peacemaker.

For a long time, I’ve reckoned with the peacemaker version of mySelf…the ‘me’ I conjured up in order to survive in a world where I was just too much. Continue reading

The Rainbow Bridge – A Birthday Story for my Boys

A Rainbow Bridge story is sometimes written to welcome a child Earthside. It tells a tale of pre-birth consciousness. This is the cosmic story of my 4th and 5th children, adapted from our Knowing and my Imagination.

Once upon a time, in a land of time unchanging, beyond the Rainbow Bridge and the River of Forgetfulness…there lived two spirit children.

They lived with the moon and sun, amidst the stars, with many spirit-beings–and they were peaceful and happy.

One day, they happened to notice a beautiful blue orb, far away–yet somehow, not so far. The orb seemed to call to them, and so they asked the spirits about it.

“That orb is the world, our Mother Earth.”

“May we go there?” the children asked.

“Perhaps,” the spirits replied. “But you cannot go at the same time. The world is not yet ready for both of you at once.” So the children waited. Continue reading