Posts Tagged ‘Laura Uplinger’

How I’m Surviving December 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012

I’m supposed to blog regularly. Ideally every day (ha!), but at the very least, twice a week. (This I’m told by professionals who know how to keep interest alive in one’s book and one’s work.) And being a writer with lots to say, this is normally fine with me. Then December 2012 arrived. I’m all a-bumble. Topsy-turvy. And you know what? I’m going with it! In thinking deeply and reading lightly about it, I find that December 2012 is like life, amplified: ripe with opportunities that can be embraced and nurtured, or overlooked.

How I'm Surviving December 2012 | Marcy Axness PhD

Eve and Marcy at Dia Beacon

Life deemed that my December 2012 would begin across the country on an upstate New York road trip with my daughter Eve. Midnight struck as we cuddled up together at a cozy B&B enjoying a wee-hours Parenthood marathon via Hulu. After catching up on our shared favorite show, we fell asleep together in the fabulously comfy king-size bed. (We were co-sleeping!)

Aside from having taken her there for her freshman year, I had never visited Eve at college. And now she’s a senior with barely more than one semester left…and the most beautiful of all the senior studios because she pulled a low lottery number…and three apartment mates…and a whole life that I’d not yet felt up close.

I worked my butt off the weekend before flying to New York, to get blog posts written in advance, to get my November newsletter out, to essentially bank a week’s worth of work in two days. That’s when I felt it beginning to set in: weariness of the obligation to write, write, always be writing. (more…)

Birth in 4012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


Mid-Pacific Conference on Birth & Primal Health

Michael Stark, Jackie Chang, Jan Tritten, Robbie Davis-Floyd, Sarah Buckley, Peggy O’Mara, Sara Wickham, Lesley Page

A panel of some of the world’s leading experts on birth shared the stage at the close of last month’s Mid-Pacific Conference on Birth and Primal Health. Their assignment? Offer a vision of birth in 4012.

Here sitting at one table were such folks as Peggy O’Mara, Sarah Buckley, Robbie Davis-Floyd, Michel Odent and other heavy-hitters in the birth world — including the president of the Royal College of Midwives, Lesley Page, and Michael Stark, president of the New European Surgical Academy and “father” of the Misgav Ladach method for Cesarean section. With a gathering like that,  you’re going to hear many intriguing ideas about how birth will evolve in the next two millenia.

Some visions of birth in 4012 were inspiring, some were challenging, one was utterly bleak. But the most stunning moment emerged when Laura Uplinger came to the podium. Laura is a world citizen who has spent most of her adult life devoted to sharing education about the power of prenatal life. (She had spent most of this conference in a booth tirelessly translating dozens of talks from English into Spanish for the large South American contingent of attendees.)

Laura closed the panel with a vivid portrait of the future of as if she were reporting from that future. (more…)