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"Dancing with the Midwives is one of the most poetic and beautiful books I've read in a long time. Ann Faison has birthed a truly artistic work that touches the heart of parenthood, family and the loss of a child." --David Elliott, author The Reluctant Healer, and Healing

"Dancing with the Midwives is a thoughtful, heartfelt book about transformation. Guiding us gently through the death of her unborn daughter, we are given a poetic glimpse into Ann Faison's private world of thoughts, images, and healing. The book will surely resonate with mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and anyone who appreciates the delicate nature of grief." --Fredda Wasserman, MA, MPH, LMFT, CT, Clinical Director, Our House Grief Support Center, co-author of Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love

"Dancing with the Midwives is a thoughtful, heartfelt book about transformation. Guiding us gently through the death of her unborn daughter, we are given a poetic glimpse into Ann Faison's private world of thoughts, images, and healing. The book will surely resonate with mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and anyone who appreciates the delicate nature of grief." --Fredda Wasserman, MA, MPH, LMFT, CT, Clinical Director, Our House Grief Support Center, co-author of Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love

About the Author

Ann Faison is an artist, writer and healer living in Pasadena, CA. Her work focuses on exploring grief creatively, as a catalyst for personal growth.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dragonfly Books; First edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098304340X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983043409
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Faison is an artist, writer and healer. She holds an MFA from Cal Arts in Music and Art, and Dancing with the Midwives is her first book. Aside from her role as a mother, Faison has worked in the fields of Art and Art Education. She has worked in art administration, at the Art Center College of Design and as the director of an alternative art gallery in Los Angeles. Since 1986 she has taught drawing and fine art courses at many different institutions including elementary schools, high schools and universities. Faison has worked in art galleries in Los Angeles and New York.

Faison has exhibited in museums and galleries including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Weatherspoon Museum in North Carolina, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her drawings have been published in catalogs and art books, used for book illustrations, cover art, and textile design.

For the past ten years, Faison has worked extensively with internationally renowned healer and author David Elliott and is certified in his breath work training. In her healing practice she sees individuals and holds monthly group sessions, specializing in grief and creativity. Faison's practice as a healer has a tremendous influence on her writing and her art. As the mother of two young girls, she sees all of her many roles as aids to her own healing and self-discovery. Faison is married to the artist Dave Muller.

Information on her latest book can be found at www.dancingwiththemidwives.com/

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I finished your book Ann and found it difficult to put down. Started reading in bed about 10PM and ended up going to sleep quite late that night, so I could finish reading it. What a moving and uplifting account of how you dealt with this period in your life. I so admire how you and your family have been able to heal, (and I'm sure it's an on-going process) in such a graceful, positive way. Thanks for a great read. Beautiful art work too. Now David has asked to read it. Thanks Ann.
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By beecatty on March 27, 2011
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Ann Faison has a gift. She chooses the right words to frame a tragic loss and how she and her family cope with their feelings. I wish some of the sections were longer but I enjoyed and empathized with her. Life throws curves and it it is up to each one of us to either learn or to give up. Ann grows in wisdom and writes with compassion towards herself. She is a gifted writer and artist and i hope to see more books from her pen.
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Hardly a conventional memoir or treatise on grief, this book provides almost a literal human imprint of what is left behind by the concussive break that absence brings. There is confusion, doubt, resolve, love, and personal actualization all wrapped up in something that moves between memoir, journal, and art work. Subtle, honest, and transcendant.
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By David Elliott on February 21, 2011
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Hi Ann,
I got your book! Thank you for the copy. It is beautiful and exquisite! I am
so proud and happy for you. Thanks for acknowledging the writer's group, it will
be so good for others to see your book. I'll take it to the class and show it to the
writer's in our group. You're a leader and inspirer of others. Love, David
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