|L to R: Azucena, Antonina, and Imelda at midwives meeting|
|Midwives of Todos Santos, Essence and me in the middle.|
|Antonina speaking to one of the Todos Santos midwives|
So when we arrived about 30 midwives showed up. We did some brief introductions as we sat in a huge circle and as soon as I mentioned plant medicine someone interrupted me and wanted to know what plants I used for labor. It was a bit awkward as I wasn’t prepared to just start talking about specifics but that was what they all seemed to want. We ended up going around and each of us sharing some of our favorite plants to use. I used examples of herbs I have used for my kids. When Azucena and Antonina started talking the questions started firing and they kind of became the center stage. Azucena talked about her vision of reclaiming the medicinal knowledge of the ancestors and how it would be good for them all to get together again and to bring live plants so they would know specifically what they are talking about. At one point I turned my head and saw that half the room was suddenly empty. Where did everyone go? I asked Essence. Then I heard someone say they went to look for plants. We found them outside gathering plants from the roadside to show the others what they were talking about. They suddenly became so animated and energized!
|Imelda, Antonina's daughter, speaking to the midwives|
|Azucena speaking passionately about plant medicines|
|Judy Luce and ACAM midwives at the first meeting in 1999|
|Essence, me, and Todos Santos midwives|