Via Rebecca of Doxology
Here's how it works. She posed me 5 questions and I am answering them here. If you want me to interview you, drop me a line in the combox and I will get back to you. Answer them on your blog and send me a link. If you don't have a blog and still want to play, I'll post your answers on my blog. I'll take the first 5 comers.
1. What made you decide to become a midwife?
short question, looooonnnnggg answer!
I grew up fascinated by the history of health care, and I remember reading books on the history of obstetrics and midwifery when I was 8. I actually wrote a school paper related to that when I was in the 5th grade. I am the oldest of 6 kids, and I remember lots about my mom's pregnancies as well as her breastfeeding the two youngest. It never occured to me that it would be controversial! When I was 10 I read my mom's copy of "Childbirth Without Fear". When I was in High School I read "Thank you Doctor Lamaze" and I also saw a lot of UCLA student films (my dad was taking classes) and I think about 1/3 of them were home birth films. When I was pregnant with my first child I read through three libraries on everything I could find related to childbirth and parenting and that included a dissertation by Lester Hazell (home birth and midwifery proponent) on home birth in the San Franciso bay area. I knew that I wanted to have those kinds of births myself, but at the same time I was scared (my mom nearly died at age 21 during her third pregnancy from blood clots) and I saw myself as being a bit of a wuss. I mean, I was the kid who if anyone else threw up promptly did likewise. I had two disappointing hospital births (not nightmares, just not the way that I think they should have or could have gone) and after my second child I decided that I was going to do something about it.
2. What is your favorite Catholic tradition?
You know I'm a convert, right? I don't know about a lot of the small t traditions.
There are many that were part of my Anglican upbringing, and one that I regularly follow is pancakes on shrove Tuesday. I am also very fond of blessed palms and we always have them in the house from Palm Sunday to Ash Wednesday. For the last several years, we have followed the tradition of abstinence from meat on Fridays. But I don't know if I have a specific favorite tradition. My favorite devotion is the Rosary, even though I have trouble getting in a complete one daily.
3. If you could be in a movie, what would it be?
I'd like to make a movie that would be a Catholic version of the book Immaculate Deception (about the lies women are told about childbirth). As far as already extant movies, I have no idea. I am not a movie watcher, either at home or in the theater.
4. What's your favorite book and why?
If I told you that when we moved cross country we gave away over 1000 books, and still half our shipping weight of household goods was books, would that help you to realize how impossible it is to answer that question?
There are about 250 books on my collection that I re-read on a regular basis. Asking my favorite book is like asking me my favorite child. Some I love more than others from time to time, but that is enormously variable. My favorite genres are science fiction (hard techno but also some other subgenres) medical oddities and history ( like Rats Lice and History or Rh, the intimate history of the conquest of a disease), and apologetics, but I have been known to read the phone book under sufficient provocation.
Why? I'm a conpulsive (some say convulsive) reader.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Physically, I would like to have the body I had when I was 20, in the space between birthing my first child and getting pregnant with my second. I don't want to be that girl - I just want to have that body back! And this time I would take better care of it. I also wish that I had been more generous with God. 6 kids seemed like a lot at the time (not including the many miscarriages), especially since I was also slowly working my way through the education and training to become a midwife. But we could have done more. There were times when I hoped that God would surprise us with another one but He respected what I told Him I wanted. Now it is almost too late barring a miracle.