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(Spinach Pie)

During the birth of Finley Royalton, I had the most amazing spanakopita made by Calen's partner, Pilar. Here's the recipe:


  • 2 lbs chopped frozen spinach
1 yellow onion
1 tub of ricotta cheese
8 oz cottage cheese

  • 8 oz Feta cheese

  • 1/4 cup Dill or chopped parsley
1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1 cup melted butter
1 egg

  • 1 lb Phyllo Dough - Thaw and spread open without breaking sheets
Ground Fresh Pepper

Making the Filling
Lightly caramelize yellow chopped onion
  • Fully thaw and drain spinach pressing off any access water. Get as much water as you possible can
  • Mix together spinach, caramelized onions, the 3 cheeses above, dill or parsley, and add enough fresh ground pepper to taste.

Creating the Pie

  • Mix the 1 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup olive oil in a heavy pan (cast iron) - keep over lower heat
  • Grease a glass shallow baking pan approx 13 by 14 inches
  • Layer one sheet of Phyllo Dough at a time spreading each liberally with the butter/olive oil mixture. Note: the Phyllo Dough may hang over the edges of the pan.
  • After half of the sheets are used, layer the mixture above evenly throughout the dish. Fold over any excess dough from the first set of layers of Phyllo Dough.
  • Add remaining Phyllo Dough sheets one at a time, spreading butter and olive oil mixture between layers.
  • Beat 1 egg and spread over the top of the pie
  • Bake at 375 in a preheated oven for 45 mins.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.
After baking, the pie can be frozen and reheated.




There are two places where I would love for you to help me out:
Yelp  and The Birth Survey
Both of these are review sites that will help women understand about my practice and the value of midwifery care. If you have a moment, please write up a review under Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions and Maria Iorillo.

Dear friends,
On Friday, May 27th, 2011, with great joy and patience, I welcomed in the 1000th baby into my practice. Audrey Opal arrived, asking us to honor the most important aspects of natural birth: patience, trust, wisdom and commitment. Audrey Opal was born at home, in the water to loving and welcoming mom and dad, Kristi and Bill. It was the perfect 1000th birth!!
So, many have asked: Is that 1000 homebirths? What does 1000 births really mean? Really, what it means is that I have witnessed 1000 babies join us on the planet. 1000 babies I call “my own.” Not all of them have been homebirths, because, as we know, not all planned homebirths happen at home. And, not all of them have been natural or vaginal births. Again, even with the best of plans, not all births happen the way we intend. But, I can say with all confidence, that all of them have been amazing, incredible experiences. Perhaps more appropriate would be to say that I have accompanied 1000 women along their birth journeys. I have witnessed incredible strength, courage, compassion, challenge, testing, and will power. Birth is hard. It challenges us to the very core. Yet, embraced with integrity and sensitivity, it is an empowering, transformative journey. Birth has the power to teach us what it is like to be a woman, to become mothers, to experience life to its fullest capacity. When birth does not give us what we want, we have to work through disappointment, pain, frustration. We need to dig deeper to the core of ourselves to understand the lessons of birth, in whatever form they come. We grow and learn. We are humbled. Birth is empowering. Birth is hard. Our babies are amazing.
Here are some more numbers that you might be interested in:
I have caught:
  • 6 triptychs (three babies for one family)
  • 3 sets of twins at home
  • 13 HBACs (Homebirths after CSEC)
  • 3 Face presentations
  • I don't know how many were boys and how many were girls, anyone want to volunteer to count?

Maternal mortality rate in the US per 100,000 births : 13
Maternal mortality rate in Haiti per 100,000 births: 632

As many of you know, I traveled to Haiti last year with a program called Midwives For Haiti. You can read about my trip by going to my blog at I even have a YouTube channel. Go to You Tube and search sfmidwife. You will find the micro-documentaries that Dina made about Haiti. Dina and I and another CNM, Susan Leibel, will be traveling to Haiti again this year. We will be there the first two weeks of August. Dina and I are hoping to make this a yearly trip so that we can build continuity, rapport and camaraderie with the student midwives and graduates. In order to make this a sustainable mission for us, we are dedicated to fundraising to cover expenses. I have already raised $8700 of the $11,000 that this year's trip will cost for the three of us. I know that many of you have asked me how you can help with this project. So.... here's how. You can donate by sending your checks to me at: 206 27th St., San Francisco, 94131.

You can make your check out to me, or, if you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, you can write the check out to Midwives for Haiti, putting Maria Iorillo in the memo line. Still send the check to me and I will send them all together to Midwives for Haiti. It is quite eye-opening to see how much good can be done with just a few thousand dollars. Your donations will fund two midwives and 1 videographer to travel to Haiti for 2 weeks. Last year Ami and I both brought 50 pounds worth of medicines, supplies and baby clothes which were used immediately and much appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who already donated. We are bringing with us: white mesh panties, sanitary pads, pitocin, IV supplies, antibiotics, toothpaste, baby clothes, antihemorrhagic drugs, sterile gloves, surgical towels, balloons and musical instruments for the children at Maison Fortune.  Together we can make a difference for Haitian mothers and their babies. Thank you for being a part of this project with me. Special thanks to Courtney Seasholls, mother of Tyler and Harper Sage, who will travel with us to Haiti and work in an orphanage for babies.

We are hoping to blog live again from Haiti from July 31 to Aug 13th. Find us here to follow along.

With all of my love, hugs, and appreciation,




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