Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Would Be True by Howard Walter

I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.

I would be faithful through each passing moment;
I would be constantly in touch with God;
I would be strong to follow where He leads me;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.

Who is so low that I am not his brother?
Who is so high that I’ve no path to him?
Who is so poor, that I may not feel his hunger?
Who is so rich I may not pity him?
Who is so rich I may not pity him?

Who is so hurt I may not know his heartache?
Who sings for joy my heart may never share?
Who in God’s heaven has passed beyond my vision?
Who to Hell’s depths where I may never fare?
Who to Hell’s depths where I may never fare?

May none, then, call on me for understanding,
May none, then, turn to me for help in pain,
And drain alone his bitter cup of sorrow,
Or find he knocks upon my heart in vain.
Or find he knocks upon my heart in vain.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Interesting video on flouride

Closer to legal access to midwives in a home setting

Hello GA Friends of Midwives,


Once again, we are moving closer and closer to having legal access to
midwives in a home setting! Last month, I met with Rep. Stephanie Benfield,
midwife Debbie Pulley, Dr. Ford (the Director of the Georgia Department of
Health) and four of her colleagues. We briefed them on the March 2007
Direct Entry Midwifery Study Committee’s recommendations to reinstate the
certification of direct entry midwives in the state of Georgia. We answered
many questions regarding the cost savings (I informed them that a typical
vaginal hospital birth is about $10,000, a cesarean about $20,000 vs
$2,500-3,000 for a homebirth with a direct entry midwife). We talked about
avoiding language in our final recommendation that would hold back up
physicians responsible for birth outcomes of the midwives they collaborated
with- as this would prevent physicians from providing back up! We discussed
the fact that we eventually want to see a birth center (or a couple!) open
in Atlanta, staffed by midwives and serving low-risk mothers. And of course
we talked about the safety of homebirth and referenced other countries who
use more midwives and less medical-birth technology and who subsequently
loose fewer babies and mothers at the time of birth than the US; that it’s
time for the state of Georgia to join the 26 other states who look at
scientific evidence instead of bureaucratic red tape and once again certify
direct entry midwives.

We have taken the next step which was for us to nominate individuals to be
part of the Midwifery Task Force, working with the Department of Health to
look at neighboring states and the processes they went through as they made
regulatory changes to certify direct entry midwives. The Midwifery Task
Force will consist of a DEM, CPM, OBGYN, lay person, Rep. Benfield, etc. We
will work together to write specific language for regulatory changes that
will then be submitted to the Commissioner/ Director of the Division of
Public Health (Dr. Elizabeth Ford) who will submit them to the Health and
Human Services Committee for review and comments. According to Rep.
Benfield, the HHS Committee has no power to change the language of the
proposed regulatory changes. The Committee will then recommend the
regulatory changes and they will then be approved by the board.

I commented to Dr. Ford that we would love to see this process sped up!
That this has been dragged out for far too long! She laughed and told me
she can’t promise that. I also wanted to share with you all that at the end
of the meeting with Dr. Ford and her colleagues, everyone began exchanging
business cards. Everyone except for Dr. Ford’s four colleagues- they
scribbled their contact info on scrap paper. Rep. Benfield then commented
on the fact that state employees were told not to ask for anymore
state-provided stationary due to low funds. This was the perfect
opportunity for me to comment on the fact that perhaps one of the reasons
the state of Georgia cannot afford stationary for its employees is because
it’s spending $10-20,000 on hospital birth for women who are not insured or
are underinsured! !! Certify homebirth midwives and they will have funds to
redirect into other areas!!! (Although I’m sure stationary is low on the
priority list.)

I am confident we left a lasting impression and that it won’t be too much
longer before we can actually open up the phone book and find homebirth
midwives legally listed right there in the business section! That we can
soon birth with homebirth midwives without fear of erroneous felony charges
or charges of practicing medicine without a license. After that is
accomplished, we will work towards requiring insurance companies in the
state of Georgia to pay for direct entry midwives in out-of-hospital
settings.

If you have read this far, thank you! If you would like to volunteer for
GFOM in some capacity below, please email me privately at
jennifer@alaboroflove.org

Post info on the www message boards

Edit content for these kinds of emails and/or marketing

Design and execute marketing/public relations efforts

Any other capacity?___ _________ _________ _

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Fargár

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Jennifer Fargár
Chairperson, GA Friends of Midwives www.gamidwifery.org
Certified Birth Doula (ALACE)
Birth Consultant & Post Partum Doula
Author: Preparing for Your Homebirth: A Guide

A sketch from my dear friend Natalie


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lyrics to One Day by The Verve

One day maybe we will dance again
Under fiery skies
One day maybe you will love again
Love that never dies

One day maybe you will see the land
Touch skin with sand
You've been swimming in the lonely sea
With no company

Oh, don't you want to find?
Can't you hear this beauty in life?
The roads, the highs, breaking up your mind
Can't you hear this beauty in life?

One day maybe you will cry again
Just like a child
You've gotta tie yourself to the mast my friend
And the storm will end

Oh, don't you want to find?
Can't you hear this beauty in life?
The times, the highs, breaking up your mind
Can't you hear this beauty in life?

Oh, you're too afraid to touch
Too afraid you'll like it too much
The roads, the times, breaking up your mind
Can't you hear this beauty in life?

One day maybe I will dance again
One day maybe I will love again
One day maybe we will dance again
You know you've gotta
Tie yourself to the mast my friends
And the storm will end
One day maybe you will love again
You've gotta tie yourself to the mast my friend
And the storm will end

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A book is like a life

"There are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. But I prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well worth staying up all night to finish."

--Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Saturday, September 13, 2008

When You are Old by Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

--W.B. Yeats

You're Not Alone by Meredith Andrews

The Other Side of the Glass trailer

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Renew My Mind by Kim Hill

Calm my mind
Still my heart
Let me know that You are here
Take control, of ev'ry thought
Fix my mind on You

Renew my mind
Restore my hope
Make this painful place, a hiding place in You
Renew my mind
Revive my heart
May it beat with Yours, and know Your perfect will
Renew my mind

Search me Lord
Know my heart
Make my mind like Yours
All that's good, and all that's true
This I ask of You

Renew my mind
Restore my hope
Make this painful place, a hiding place in You
Renew my mind
Revive my heart
May it beat with Yours, and know Your perfect will
Renew my mind

Cause winter has passed
The rain has stopped
Flowers cover the earth
It's time to sing
Would You renew my heart today?
It's time to sing
Would You renew our hearts Lord?
Cause we need Your touch
Would You renew our hearts today?
O Lord, we need You

Renew my mind
Renew my heart