The night Sam was born is a story that honestly, is rather short and simple. We were blessed with a very smooth and uneventful birth. But I feel like in order to properly tell his story, I must go back to the beginning, to when we knew that our family was not yet compl...

Don’t deflate that birth ball just yet! As a doula, my clients hear me talk about the birth ball a lot. I love it. It’s a fantastic place for moms to be whether you're pregnant, in labor, OR in postpartum. Yes! It’s still great and has many benefits postpartum. After a...

If there is anything I’ve learned in the last couple of years, it’s that it’s okay to be vulnerable. Like many of you I’m sure, I’ve struggled the last few days.  I’ve felt triggered by all of the same emotions that inevitably lead to a downward spiral of anxiety and d...

Did you know that women who stay low-risk during pregnancy generally have more options, less need for intervention, and better birth outcomes? But how is this possible, can we really control our labor and birth outcomes? Although we may not always be able to control ev...

Somewhere along the way, we as adults have somehow gotten things way wrong. We hold a certain superiority over children (sometimes rightfully so). We are older, wiser (maybe), and more experienced - true; but, I think there are a TON of ways they get things right that...

This week, We’re going to talk about the last (but major) part of the first stage of labor. The stage of labor who must not be named - Transition. If you know remotely anything about the stages of labor you’ve heard about transition and it's pretty likely you've heard...

I’m a tad behind schedule this week with posting part two of “The Stages of Labor” series. We’ll chalk it up to a combination of motherhood and 4th of July festivities - let’s just dive right in! (If you missed part one, check it out here!)  After you’ve tolerated mana...

Raise your hand if (thanks to TV), you grew up thinking labor played out one

of two ways-

1. Labor goes from “oh wow! Maybe this is a contraction?!?” to “Grab the bags! Run for the hospital because baby is coming!” 

2. Cue dramatic explosion of water on aisle 7 right betw...

You’re 39 weeks- swollen, exhausted, waddling, etc. The thought of choosing baby’s birthday and ending this journey now is starting to sound very appealing. STOP! Do you know what your bishop score is or why it matters? I get it momma, you’re tired and SO ready to meet...

I’ve spent a lot of time this week reevaluating my plan for postpartum follow-ups. There is a significant and unfortunate gap in the care women receive in the weeks following birth. Often times in the last trimester of pregnancy, women receive one check up after anothe...

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