Lois Wilson has been serving women and families as a midwife, teacher, activist, and advocate since 1986. She believes that birth is a sacred and natural event and that all birthing families deserve the very best support. She also believes that we should choose our teachers and mentors wisely because we will become like them. Lois is the founder and director of True Heart Birthing, a mentoring program for new and aspiring midwives, doulas, and birthworkers that is set apart by our deep faith in natural and undisturbed birthing and our belief that a hands-on, mentoring approach to learning the art, heart, and skills essential to your practice is far superior to institutional and online learning. Lois is committed to keeping the true heart of birthing alive and thriving, and passing it on to the next generation. She also serves as the managing editor for Midwifery Today..
Photo by Lois Wilson
Mylo was beautifully born at home on a snowy January evening, just one day shy of 42 weeks gestation. He was a perfect 8 lb, 20-inch baby with no signs of being “postdate.” His birth is a testimony to practicing patience, really trusting birth, and the willingness to “go the distance.”
Read more…. Photo Album – Issue 141
Photo by Aditya Romansa
One afternoon on my way home from a prenatal visit, I received a message from a doula friend of mine. She had a close friend who had been planning an in-hospital VBAC after two cesareans, and her Ob/Gyn informed her at 36 weeks that they were no longer willing to do a VBAC (no reason given) and that she should schedule a cesarean with them immediately. My doula friend explained that the family had been trying for two weeks to find a midwife who would assist with a homebirth on such short notice and had no luck. At this point they were planning to birth at home unattended, though that was not their first choice. Would I talk to them? Of course I would.
Read more…. Josie’s Triumphant Home VBAC
Photo by Dakota Corbin
When I entered the world of birth and midwifery in 1985, pregnant with my first child and determined to have a natural birth, there was no internet, no social media, and no famous overnight “influencers,” as we know them today.
Read more…. Pass It On
Photo by Shihao Mei
Every midwife knows what it feels like to return home after a long, challenging birth. The moment your home comes into view, the soft creak of the porch steps, the hushed house, the deep sigh as you finally sink into bed. I am experiencing that right now, as I return to my much beloved midwifery practice after 20 years away.
Read more…. Coming Full Circle: My Return to Midwifery
One of the most cherished experiences of my own pregnancies was the fact that I was never alone. Someone was with me–within me–all the time. Such a sense of the holy accompanies that shared existence. We two are one; we share everything. Read more…. We Two Form a Multitude
Make room at the table. In order for any type of community to grow, there must be a welcoming presence in that community. Read more…. Make Room at the Table
What is the role of the father who is present at the birth of his child? Is he a labor coach, advocate or partner? Is he a fifth wheel? A nuisance? A liability? Read more…. A Note To Fathers: It’s You She Wants
Much of the fear and consequent difficulties American women experience during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period are directly related to the isolation so inherent to their culture. Read more…. Birth as a Community Experience: It Can Be Achieved in a Hospital!