The Natural Alternative: Moving on...
Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 10:06PM
Ian Penwell in Ian, Mercy in Action, Penwell, Rose, The Natural Alternative, Treasure Valley Midwives

Rose and I were extremely fortunate when we returned to Boise in 2008 and started our own home birth practice. Our honest intentions were to simply use the practice to stay involved with birth, while we expected it to be very small scale - maybe 2-3 births a year? We didn't anticipate the warm welcome we received from the midwifery community, both midwives and mothers. We certainly didn't expect to have the practice become a full time job for both Rose and I. We know how lucky we were.

 ...and now our time has come to leave again. We stopped taking new clients in the new year; Rose also worked temporarily for Treasure Valley Midwives the last three months before we left. In mid-April, we boarded a plane back to the Islands; The Philippine Islands, where we’ve lived before and our middle child (Selah Jeru) was born. Here we are working with Mercy In Action to build a new clinic to provide free maternity care for impoverished families.

We enjoyed our time in Boise and will be back to visit regularly. We loved being part of such an important event in so many families lives. Thank you

...To the Journey


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