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Now, without further ado, let me introduce to you Cary York!
I started my career as an artist when I got my BA in fine arts. I was a starving artist for 10 years then went to nursing school in the hopes of going on to be a nurse midwife. I became a labor and delivery nurse who discovered the broad divide between natural and medical birth at a conference with all the big players - Ina May, Marsden Wagner, Robbie Davis Floyd, etc. I never saw labor the same way again. I decided to birth naturally at home with a midwife for my own two.
I am not a obstetrics basher. I fully recognize the value and necessity for sound medical intervention in some high risk cases. I have been on both sides and think that the system is horrible for the most part, and a god-send in a crisis. Women have lost so much power in the name of "safety".
So I bumbled around trying to figure out what I could do with my passion.
I could no longer stand working in the L&D, but couldn't see my life without birth. So then the first part of my career life converged with my second and my purpose was then clear. I started selling my birth art on Etsy last year. It has been a fantastic success already. I am thrilled, especially to meet such amazing women from around the world. So cool. I still work as a nurse part time in pediatrics and I love it.
The art may eventually allow me to let go of that, but for now one career informs the other etc. I am turning 40 in two weeks, I have two daughters both at home, the first was an amazing vision quest type experience with a transfer to the hospital for complications( I had been sick with pneumonia-It was my informed, empowered, choice, and the best choice for me, long story) the baby was born healthy and so was I.
The whole thing was otherworldly and I cherish it for how deep and hard it was. And the second was the simple, fun, beautiful, waterbirth that is now my most popular painting. I created the book for siblings out of my love of kids and a need in my birth community. I also sell my work at birth conferences and through midwives.
Cary is also a blogger, as seen at RagaMama, so be sure to visit her there.
In addition to all of this, I have to also add that, when I opened the package from her, I found her beautiful coloring book for children "Mama, When Is The Baby Gonna Hatch" as a gift to me! Thank you Cary!!! This book is definitely going on my recommended reading for families with small kids who are getting ready to welcome a new little one.