There are Going to be Tea Parties

When I was waiting in agony to hear back from McMaster, a friend currently in the program told me to enjoy the free time because once I found out that I was in, I was going to have to hit the ground running. I knew that she was probably right, but my impatience was getting the better of me and the empty bags of M&Ms were piling up on my desk at work and at home. The stress was unreal! But now I see how much running I’m actually doing! Here I am running around trying to get criminal records checks completed and vaccinations up to date, not to mention packing up my house and quitting my job here in Ottawa… there is so much to do.

Because I am a super keener and was one of the first to receive my acceptance, I created a class of 2019 Facebook Group right away (apparently in typical midwifery student fashion!) and through the group met some of my future classmates. It is so exciting to discover our different backgrounds and what will make us all incredibly unique and successful midwives. One thing I’ve also discovered is that midwives have tea parties. Oh yeah, actual tea parties! Okay, so I obviously haven’t been to one yet, but I am over the moon excited. When is the first one going to be? Will I have to wear red? Will I have to bring an antique tea cup? (Don’t worry, I’ve got three!) When I found the post that described that the students and midwives meet for regularly scheduled “tea times”, I had to ask our first year rep to clarify:

“So we actually just meet for tea to discuss like, midwifery stuff?”

“Yup!”

Yup? Really? It’s that simple? AMAZING! I love tea. I love parties. We all think placentas are so cool. I have finally found my people.

So obviously, I’m not aware of the history behind these meet ups yet or what’s in store, but I will update as soon as I know more and obviously attend one! Thank you for bearing with me (and my posts!) as I begin this journey. And while we’re on the subject of tea, I thought I would share some recipes for tea that I found in this great book called In the Spirit of Homebirth. I made these teas for a pregnant friend of mine and she absolutely loves them. I found the ingredients at this cute Herbal Shop in Ottawa.


Pregnancy Tea

  • 1 part raspberry leaf
  • 1 part nettles
  • Add a pinch of peppermint for taste, if required

Breastfeeding Tea

  • 2 parts oatstraw
  • 1 part blessed thistle and/or hops
  • 1 part chamomile
  • 1 part fennel or fenugreek

Post-Partum Mama Love Tea

  • 2 parts nettle
  • 1 part motherwort
  • 1 part rose
  • 1 part hawthorn flowers, leaves, and berries

If you can’t find the ingredients to these teas, I know that there are lots of pre-made options available. But homemade always seems to taste better, doesn’t it?

This cup and saucer belonged to my great-grandmother Elizabeth Ellen Brocklehurst.
This cup and saucer belonged to my great-grandmother.

I would really recommend reading In the Spirit of Homebirth whenever you get the chance. It’s a collection of stories and experiences written by Canadian women, many of them Indigenous. The experiences are so rich and meaningful, I found myself tearing up at a few. Best of all, the stories are Canadian and even better is that you get to hear the voices of some of the most unique and beautiful First Nation’s Women of Canada.

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3 thoughts on “There are Going to be Tea Parties

    1. I bought the ingredients for these teas at Mother Earth Natural Health here in Ottawa, it was kind of like a Bulk Barn for dried herbs. I think that you can order herbs online, but I would be cautious about where they come from and if they’re legitimate. You can probably find them at many health food stores!

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