The Carousel of Time

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Deborah McBain talks to a student of nurse midwifery to get a glimpse into her vision of the future.

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Racism and Unexpected Consequences

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Deborah McBain writes about the daughter of parents who could not write the rules of life but taught that daughter optimism, courage and resilience to deal with the challenges of a racist society.

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When Traditions Perpetuate Tragedy

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Deborah McBain discusses how cultural standards are powerful regulators of what is considered acceptable in health care.

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Why Protecting a Mother's Health is so Important

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What every midwife knows is that the ability of the mother to nurture, shelter and protect her child is directly related to that mother’s health.

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Tracing the Path of Brave Hearts

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Deborah McBain tells of a Modern Midwife colleague who's life's path showed her just how resilient, how bold and how brave hearts can be.

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A Modern Day Midwife Leader

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Deborah McBain reflects on the personality traits and decisions that turn a Modern Midwife into a strong leader.

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From Transformation to Reinvention

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Deborah McBain recalls the early inspirations that led a dear friend into midwifery.

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What Time Cannot Erase

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Deborah McBain reflects on more than 20 years of Midwifery, and the struggles of giving up the role of health care provider to become the care receiver.

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Truths and Lessons Learned from Being a Midwife

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Deborah McBain bids farewell to midwifery but recalls the lessons she has learned during this special journey of her life.

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The World Intrudes on Birth

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As an important chapter of her life soon comes to a close, Deborah McBain reflects on her time as a midwife and nurse.

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A Born Before Arrival Story

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Deborah McBain reflects on Episode 5, recalling her own experience with a Born Before Arrival birth.

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Taking a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

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As a midwife, disagreeing with a patient's decisions is not unusual. Deborah McBain navigates this obstacle in Episode 3, noting that not everything is simply black and white.

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The Importance of a Midwife's Touch: 1961, 1994 and Today

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Modern Day Midwives blogger Deborah McBain explains that while science allows us to predict complications, compassion helps us see past them.

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Mother Knows Best

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Deborah McBain highlights the struggle between following common midwifery practice and listening to a mother's needs.

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Prescription for Call the Midwife Withdrawal – A Summer Reading List

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Another season has ended with the speed of light, leaving us reeling from the sudden loss of our midwife fix. Deborah McBain offers her list of favorite books to help ease the void.

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