This is a birth story. But it's more than that. Read Part 1 to find out how the birth of my son led me to birth work! In October of 2018, we moved to a new apartment. I was 38 weeks pregnant, and planning a home birth. My doula, also a good friend, lived a… Continue reading What Made Me a Doula: Part Two
This is a birth story. But actually, it's more than that. It's the first chapter in the story of how I discovered my passion for birth work. It's an integral part of who I am, as most birth experiences are to the people who live them. In the summer of 2015 I was pregnant with… Continue reading What Made Me a Doula: Part One
Naming your kids feels like such an important job. These little people will be stuck with their names for their whole life! It's a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest. When searching for names for our second child, I was really drawn to gender-neutral names. When we decided on our son's name, Aiden, it just happened… Continue reading 15 Gender-Neutral Nature Names
Gender reveal parties have become a pretty standard part of the prenatal line-up in the last decade or so. Pregnancy announcement, gender reveal, baby shower, birth! But are they really necessary? I hear mixed feelings about them pretty regularly in the world of pregnant mamas. Of course they aren't required. Throwing a separate party might… Continue reading Should I Throw a Gender Reveal Party?
When I talk to women about their feelings regarding birth, they initially fall into one of two camps. Either they will say something like, "It would be too hard for me to do without drugs," or if they have decided to pursue a drug-free labor, they may say things like, "I hope I am strong… Continue reading Embrace Your Power in Birth: How to Believe in Your Body
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frequently updates their committee opinions and recommendations as they gain new knowledge and listen to consumer (that's you!) demand. In the most recent update to the Committee Opinion titled, "Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth," there are several recommendations that reflect the growing demand from birthing… Continue reading Here’s Why ACOG Recommends Doulas
Nope, that's not a typo. If you are pregnant, you may have heard of a haakaa breast pump. But then again, you may not have. I didn't hear of them until about halfway through my pregnancy with my second child, as they are just starting to gain popularity. Haakaa is the brand name of a… Continue reading Why I’m in Love With My Haakaa