It’s Been a While

Life goes on. I’ve moved after finding some work under a rock and pushing it around a bit to make it grow.

I miss midwifery.

I’m planting a real life garden to help me process my philosophical one. There are lots of rocks in it and the weeds are outrageous.

I plan to warm baby chicks and eat their eggs when they are bigger. Happy Spring!

And I’m writing. Writing, writing, writing.

This book is done. Please order it.

And I’m working on another.

I still have three days of CalTrans. Apparently I’m not ready to be done with it. I will get to it during spring break and my kids can be cared for.

In the mean time, I’m still trying to swallow the pill I’ve been dealt. It’s monstrous. But there will be glory when I’m all done. And God is here to guide me.

About supportmidwifekatiemccall

Katie McCall was born at Pomona Valley Hospital in Southern California by scheduled c-section as a frank breech due to the current medical system insistence that breeches should always be delivered that way. Katie's father's family was filled with teachers, her mother's family was filled with healers. It is no surprise then, that she went on to have her own two children and spend her adult life involved in a combination of teaching and healing through midwifery, childbirth education, doula work and serving families in Southern California. Katie attended USC for her general education and then went on to study with the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth to become a certified childbirth educator. Shortly thereafter, she certified as a birth doula (labor assistant) with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. Katie was also mentored through a pregnancy and birth support business called The Birth Connection in Glendale, CA, which Katie later purchased and expanded to include a 1500 square foot education facility, retail store and birthing center. She enrolled in midwifery school and apprenticed with the midwives who ran the birth center as well as with midwives who attended homebirths. She sold her business to pursue her midwifery education full time in 2006 and passed her midwifery (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 2008. She went on to gain her Midwifery License from the State of CA Medical Board in 2010. Katie has received supplementary education in lactation to become a lactation educator, vaginal birth after cesarean support, support of sexual abuse survivors, aromatherapy and is neonatal and CPR certified. She assisted over 500 couples through childbirth education and attended over 550 births as of 2011. As a Southern California native, she has a wide range of experience, serving mothers from diverse backgrounds. She believes her job is one of empowering women to develop their own trust and connection with their bodies and their babies during their own unique journey into motherhood. If she has learned anything through her experience with birth, it is that every birth is as different as the women who are laboring. On August 17th, 2011 Katharine “Katie” McCall, a licensed midwife, was convicted of practicing medicine with out a license for a 2007 birth she assisted as a student. The charge arose from a home birth where Katie's supervising midwife could not arrive because she was at another birth. Instead of leaving the family to birth unassisted, Katie stayed. She recommended that the family transfer to the hospital and the family refused. They were aware that she was only a student midwife and that she was unable to secure an overseeing mid View all posts by supportmidwifekatiemccall

7 responses to “It’s Been a While

  • Don't Practice without a license!

    The pill you’ve been dealt? More like the pill you fed yourself! No sympathy on this end.

  • carla hartley

    Katie you are an inspiration to so many. I hope that gives you comfort. Your ordeal is NOT without benefit for some. And as a Christian, your willingness to serve God without an attitude is really commendable. I love you and will do everything I can to help you.

  • supportmidwifekatiemccall I haven’t logged in here in over a month and just saw your reply. I debated about approving it, but decided to do so for accountability sake. I am really sorry that my post seems to have inflamed you. I don’t believe we’ve met, nor is your email on any of my support networks, so I assume you also don’t know the story at all. Hmmm. Which makes me wonder why you would come onto my page with an attempt to try to stir up drama… perhaps there is a political motive you have? Because I truly can’t believe you would just like to hurt me, a woman you’ve never met. Maybe you’d like to explain yourself?

  • supportmidwifekatiemccall

    Nevermind… you’re one of my facebook friends???

    And you have all these wonderful well meaning midwives as your friends but don’t let them know that you run this website???

    Why not be upfront about the fact that you dislike midwifery? I have NO problem being friends with people who disagree with me, but I appreciate sincerity.

    If you would like to have an open dialogue, I’m here and would gladly discuss whatever topics are upsetting you.

  • Marci


    I’m just wondering, if you don’t believe midwifery is a viable vocation, how did mankind manage to continue for thousands of years without the American Medical Association? There is no doubt modern medicine has saved babies and birthing mothers when there was a need. But how did “science” get mankind to where we are now without midwives? Also, just curious: What are your birthing experiences?

  • Ellen

    Katie, I’m in awe of your humility and gentleness. Obviously, “Elizabeth” was very hurt by a previous experience and is lashing out by blaming others. My hope is that everyone who reads these comments will be moved to pray for her. No one means her any harm. We as women want the best for all women, including the right to choose where and with whom to birth, without some government or regulatory agency telling us who, when, where, and how. We are capable and can find the information we need, and make decisions that are right for us. Thank you for standing up for these rights!

  • julie

    elizabeth = drone.

    just like the formula companies hire people to bash on the breastfeeding community, healthcare/obs must be doing the same. it’s an absolute shame.

    as a ‘friend’ who doesn’t *know* you katie – your story is heartbreaking, yet inspiring at the same time. your strength & outlook are admirable. i know words can hurt, and they scar our minds like physical wounds scar the flesh.

    stay strong mama. stay strong.

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