of Natural Attachment: Michele James-Parham
Natural Childbirth Activist/Education, Attachment Parenting Consultant/Education, Natural Family Boutique Affiliate, Birth Doula/Advocate, Traditional Lay Midwife.
Pursuing a degree in Naturopathic Medicine
(ND), College level instruction in alcohol and substance abuse
counseling, religious education, educational reform, professional
photography, maternal and infant health and herbology, as well as many
more disciplines. Michele
completed her Traditional
Midwifery Apprenticeship with Nelli Garcia, TM, a Mexican 'granny'
Midwife. You can request more information about Michele
and midwifery and she'd be happy to share with you all about her
is a Stay-at-Home-Mum of one, Elijah Uriel, and plans to add more
beautiful children to her family in the future. She is happily married
to William, a poet, musician, media producer, computer-god and avid
IS A TRADITIONAL LAY MIDWIFE?
Midwifery is a particular school of thought of midwifery, which tries
to minimize interventions, tests and medicalization of pregnancy and
childbirth. Traditional Midwives are often thought of as Keepers
of Birth and do not use obstetrical practices, as other
are taught to use.
TM does do or encourage many of the following:
herbs, homeopathic remedies and good nutrition
methods of turning breech babies
needed or warranted, natural methods of induction
yoga, swimming and walking
birthing positions and use of birthing props
in Mother Nature and a Woman’s Intuition
TM does not do or encourage the following:
unnecessary or non requested vaginal exams
of pain medications, pitocin or other medications
restrictive diets like Atkin’s or South Beach
to a bed for labor or birth
if any fetal monitoring
blood and urine tests
Traditional Midwife seeks to help her clients to achieve something that
her client’s body does naturally. Most of the time this means
doing nothing at all resembling clinical tasks, but lots of observing,
educating, talking and wisdom sharing. Trust in nature and women; these
are our first steps in care. It is my hope that when my children have
children, there won't be a need for midwives, because every woman will
realize, she is her own midwife.
choose a Traditional Lay Midwife (TM)?
is a woman who has apprenticed with an experienced midwife or is self
taught by assisting women during childbirth and may have
attended additional workshops and classes to supplement her education
or she may have attended a school. Her focus is on homebirth or birth
center births. She may be affiliated with a physician, but she is not
under the physician's directive. She chooses not to be certified to not
be regulated by modern politics or obstetrical practices. A TM doesn't
use preform obstetrical procedures or use its tools.
of a TM’s education and path into midwifery, she is best
assisting at homebirths. A TM is dedicated to helping a woman achieve a
safe and natural pregnancy, which is free of interventions, invasive
exams, multiple tests, time constraints and the personal agenda of the
persons assisting at the birth. She wants you to be educated about your
body, childbirth and breastfeeding. She wants you to take
responsibility for your prenatal and postnatal care.
TM is more than a ‘trained professional’ assisting
she is a friend who believes in you, your body, your child and Mother
Nature. If you are seeking a person you can trust, talk to and confide
in and you are looking into choosing a TM, you are looking in the right
place. A TM aims at empowering women so that they find the midwife
inside of them and will choose to have a FreeBirth, even if this means
not having their midwife attend their birth.
means "with woman." Traditionally, women have attended and assisted
other women during labor and birth. As modern medicine emerged in the
West, birth fell into the realm of the medical. Since women were barred
from attending medical schools, men became the birth practitioners.
Having never had a baby themselves, they were unable to approach women
and childbirth with the inner knowledge and experience of a woman.
Childbirth became viewed as pathological rather than natural;
unnecessary, and often dangerous or unproven, medical techniques and interventions became commonplace.
the 1960s and 1970s, along with the women's movement and renewed
interest in homebirth, the midwifery movement rekindled. It has been
growing steadily ever since. Midwives are becoming more and more
involved with birthing families and have been instrumental in
redefining birth as a natural event in women's lives.
empowers women and their families with the experience of birth. Most
midwives honor whatever constitutes a family for individuals, whether
it be heterosexual or homosexual couples, single mothers, or any other
group of people.
material in this website is provided for information purposes only.
This information is not a substitute for, medical diagnosis, medical
advice, or medical treatment prescription. Consult your health care
provider for more information. If you are in Pittsburgh and
midwife, send email to PghMidwife (at) naturalattachment.com