Sister MorningStar has dedicated a lifetime to the preservation of instinctual birth. She birthed her own daughters at home and has helped thousands of other women find empowerment through instinctual birth. She is the founder of a spiritual retreat center and author of books related to instinctual and spiritual living. She lives as a Cherokee hermitess and Catholic mystic in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. Visit her on the web at: www.sistermorningstar.com.
The Power of Women: Instinctual Birth Stories: When women embarked on their journey into womanhood and motherhood, stories from their grandmothers, great-grandmothers and ancestors came forth through songs, stories and what appeared as mythological tales. Upon hearing these stories, women became empowered to do what all women from which they came were able to do: give birth instinctually.
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I know the extremity of the situation, the global impact, and the information-seeking keeps most of us aware and maybe restless, day and night. I want to share just a few more ideas for your consideration. Read more…. Wild Garlic Council
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Spring be welcomed! The moss covers the hillside. The woodland flowers are outdoing the gardens. The bulbs I planted one place decades ago have spread themselves around, popping up in new circular groups more this year than ever, to show that life lives! In the most powerful, surprising, collective ways, life lives. In singles dotted at the edge of the woods, life lives. That is us in this herstoric equinox. We live to bring the best and beautiful to our little corner of the woods/world. Do not be in a hurry. Read more…. Calm and Capable, Up the Mountain Together We Climb
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I keep thinking there is nothing more to say …
then, there is something more to say.
Read more…. Beloved Worldwide Tribe of Many Nations
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Folks, understandably, are having trouble sleeping. The old. The young. The in-between. For reasons of health, finance, unspoken fears. Do the best you can with what you know and have.…
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Ever the Faithful, Calm, and Capable World Community. It has been six days now since 3/11. Everyone who wishes should feel more prepared and informed and aware and maybe even feel a surge of health from starting all the healing foods, fluids, immune support, and extra time for rest. I know I wake up, taking… Read more…. Inspiration from Sister MorningStar
Sister MorningStar, a Mexican midwife, and Doña Cuca
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I trotted toward the little Mexican village of Salitrillo, trying to keep up with Doña Juanita who was two decades my senior. We were going to make four prenatal home visits where I would observe Doña Juanita offering the Mexican sobada (massage) and rebozo (sacred cloth). All the Mexican traditional midwives used these skills as part of their regular prenatal care. Although I had observed for nearly a decade, I still marveled at what wisdom and art lay in the assessment and application of these simple hands-on tools—oil and cloth. Read more…. Village Midwife: Where Has All the Wisdom Gone?
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With birth stories to illustrate her points, Sister MorningStar discusses variations in pushing times and why we need to stop trying to manage birth.
Read more…. Time to Push! Who Says So?
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Subtitled “The work of the subconscious mind and the power of inner awareness,” this article addresses communication with pregnant women to assess dreams, fears (demons), and wishes for the future (desires). Birthkeepers can use this information to better understand the woman, help her work with these issues, and, ultimately, help her birth her power. Read more…. Dreams, Demons, and Desires: The Work of the Subconscious Mind and the Power of Inner Awareness
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“Homebirth, first breaths, re-immersion in water and primate movement are a biological continuum for mamababy.” Sister argues for first breaths and primal imprinting for newborns—an instinctual interaction between mother and baby.
Read more…. Newborn First Breaths: The Primal Movements of Lifelong Bonding, Imprinting, and Well-being
Sister MorningStar spins her word magic about the subject of maternal mortality, using examples of women she has known.
Read more…. Why Do Some Wimyn Die in Childbirth?
Sister MorningStar shares more positive stories of birthing to inspire us all.
Read more…. The Way of Birth
Katya Perkova, Sister, and Dr. Miriam Rose in the Republic of Karelia
Sister MorningStar bemoans the increasing difficulty of birthing with joy and no interventions, and tells stories of how instinctive birth can be.
Read more…. The Failure of Evidence-based Intellect in Protecting the Sacred Feminine