Monday, December 30, 2013

Midwifery Study Book List and Link-up

2014 is almost here!!

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of different lists people have made or blogged about regarding books they are going to read in 2014.  So I decided to make a midwifery book goal list!  These books are all taken from my school's Midwifery Modules, but I'm encouraging you to post on your blog about what you plan to read and linking up at the end of this post (feel free to use the title picture too)!  :)  So without further adieu, 

2014 Midwifery Book List

The Birth Book, by William and Martha Sears

Natural Birth the Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg

Silent Knife, by Nancy Wainer  Cohen and Lois J. Estner

Assigned sections of Myles Textbook for Midwifery, by Diane M. Fraser and Margaret A. Cooper

Optimal Care in Childbirth, by Henci Goer and Amy Romano

There!  That might look like a small list to you, but this is only covering one section which is the main reading section (I use other workbooks for other course categories). 

For those interested, here is my Midwifery/Doula "bookshelf" on

Now it's your turn!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Leap for Joy! | Shiloh S.

Just a tad late in getting this posted......  this is along the lines of what I shared (trusting the Lord wholly with our future) during our family's sharing time on the 25th.  Oh, and this isn't really that midwifery related....  wonder why?  Read my "About" page!

Originally published in Virtuous Women Magazine Volume 8, Issue 4

Mary, a pretty young maiden, was soon to be blessed with a son,
In the sight of the Lord she found favor, to be given the promised one! Mary has now come to see me, For I am also expecting a boy.
And just as I hear Mary’s greeting, My child in my womb leaped for joy!

For Jacob will call a scepter a son, to rise out of Israel,
A virgin will be with child, and she will call him Immanuel

Conceived from above the spirt of of love, The king will rest on him!
The shepherd of man has come as a lamb who takes away all of our sin, And he leaped for joy!
We all know the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth. He was born a king- born the King of kings

amongst the lowliest of men… Lets take a moment to recall to mind this amazing story:

In the days of Herod the king of Judea there was a certain virgin named Mary who was espoused (or betrothed) to a man named Joseph. An angel sent by God came to Mary and told her that she would conceive by the Holy Ghost, a son, whose name would be called Jesus. He would be great and would be called the son of the Highest.

Later on in Luke we read that when her days were accomplished that she should be delivered she brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger of a stable because there was no room for them in the inn.

Mary was blessed among women–she had found favor with the Lord. One of my favorite verses in the first chapter of Luke is verse 38. Prior to this verse – the angel tells Mary that she would conceive in her womb and bring forth a son and would call his name Jesus. Mary answers, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” The angel answers her by telling her that the Holy Ghost would come upon her–the power of the Highest would overshadow her. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37).

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38).

Mary accepted God’s will for her life. He chose her to be the lady by whom He would send His only son. She submitted herself fully to Him. She didn’t surrender only a part of herself or only 99%, but she called herself a servant the “handmaid of the Lord”– she submitted herself entirely to His Word.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” (James 4:8a.).

Having a real relationship with the Lord is so important! But we cannot have a relationship with Him when we are entangled in sin. 1 John 1:6-7 tells us: “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

To draw nigh to God we must be like Mary- we must fully submit ourselves to the Lord. We must lay aside the sin that so easily besets us and run with patience the race that the Lord has set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

In 2 Chronicles 17:16, Amasiah “willingly offered himself unto the LORD”. Will you willing offer yourself to the Lord? Will you lay aside your sin and submit yourself to the Lord?

Mary didn’t know what the next step in her life would be– she didn’t know what people would say about her, but she knew that she could trust the Lord with her future.

Mary you blessed among women, and blessed is the child you bare,
But why have I been so favored that you should visit me here? Blessed are you for believing, The Lord will give you his boy
at the pleasing sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy!

For rising in Judah an infinite ruler, born in Bethlehem
For strength he will stand, with love for all men

and peace for the hearts for all men, the Father he’ll trust, serpent he’ll crush. He’ll reign as the servants son!
Eternal I am in meekness of man, the promised Messiah is come! and he leaped for joy!
And he leaped for joy!

Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. We can fully put our trust into the Lord—leap for joy!

 © Shiloh S. /Virtuous Women Magazine ~ Italics are taken from “Elizabeth’s Song”