This past Saturday, our family trekked down into metro Phoenix for the open house celebration of the new location of Midwives Rising, the office of Shell Walker and Mani Canaday.
Their new office is just gorgeous - a beautifully decorated older house (I love old houses!) that was a joy to explore. (I wish more doctors would snag old houses for their practices! They are simply so much more comforting and ease-producing than medical offices.) Their practice is within view of St. Jo's, where I did my doula training last month. I got to meet Shell (briefly!) for the first time, and loved her.
We intended on staying only about 20-30 minutes, as it had been a very long day and we were tired. Additionally, this was - for the most part - an entirely new part of the Phoenix birth community, and I found myself in the puzzling situation of knowing almost no one I saw! (Usually events like this are like family reunions, but this was a reunion from a different region than I am used to!)
Imagine my surprise, then, to find out upon leaving that we had stayed nearly four hours! Goodness! And we ended up having a lovely time. We did find some friends to greet, and we met a whole bunch of new people, and our 4yo had a wonderful time playing in the parking lot with a herd of other wired kidlets (skinned knees notwithstanding!).
My husband, as well as having a great time, immediately bonded with the BBQ guy (barbecue is a new passion of his), and he ended up receiving an entire tutorial on the fine art of roasting chicken.
We had a great time, and I am so pleased to now know a bit about this practice personally, so that I can recommend central Phoenix mamas to a great midwifery practice. Congrats to these midwives on their new location!