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International Midwives Day

I gave birth at home with an independent midwife named Lisa, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Today is International Midwives Day, which is basically to recognise and honor midwives around the world. Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy and birth, which is what most women have. The World Health Organization says midwives should be a woman’s main carer through pregnancy and birth. I know this is kind of a radical idea when in our society, everyone hires an obstetrician because everyone does, but think about the thousands or millions of years women have been birthing without obstetricians. The human race managed to survive all that so it can’t have been all bad.

So last night/this morning I was having a dream about doing a Google search for independent midwives back where I grew up, and I woke up thinking, why not actually do it? So here’s a few links – some I just found, some I’ve had in my bookmarks for two years.

Sort-of low carb peach sour cream muffins

I made these for breakfast today.

1 cup quick oats

1 cup plain whey protein powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 teaspoons xylitol

1 cup (240g) sour cream

3 drops liquid stevia

1/2 cup (120g) melted butter

1/8 cup (30 ml) cream

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

10.5 ounces (300g) diced peaches (fresh, canned, whatever)

Combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl. Combine sour cream, stevia, butter, cream, eggs, and vanilla in a larger bowl. Mix peaches in with the dry ingredients until everything’s wet, then mix into the wet ingredients. Pour into paper-lined muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180C.

The original recipe says 12 large muffins. It’s not kidding – mine overflowed into each other. So next time I’d make it into 18 smaller muffins so they stay separate.

Oh, and I see no reason why you couldn’t substitute some other fruit instead of the peaches if they’re not your thing. 🙂

Sorry, Amazon, your days may be numbered.

I’ve discovered Fishpond, an online bookstore for Australia & New Zealand. And I just placed my first order with them. Assuming all goes well (they said they’ve already shipped 2 of my 3 books), I’ll be ordering from them a lot more and Amazon a lot less.

Incidentally, my birthday is coming up, and gift vouchers for either of these would be lovely. 😉