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
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
More and more, women are requesting family-centered, or gentle, cesarean sections. With the number of c-section births on the rise, there are a number of ways in which some providers are helping to facilitate a more gentle cesarean experience. Whether you are planning a vaginal delivery or scheduling a c-section, it may be worth having… Continue reading How to Talk to Your Provider About a Family-Centered Cesarean
If you are preparing for a vaginal birth after cesarean, it can sometimes feel as if you are preparing for your first birth experience all over again. The unknowns of what to expect with a vaginal delivery and recovery (on top of caring for another child) can be a little overwhelming. Depending on how far… Continue reading The First Weeks After Your VBAC: What You Should Expect
A woman is happily chatting with a friend. Suddenly, her water breaks. It is a giant gush. Everyone freaks out. Thirty seconds later she is being rushed into the hospital in a wheelchair, screaming angrily at everyone she encounters. Cut to scene of doctor handing woman a huge, perfectly clean "newborn." Sound familiar? How about… Continue reading Fear of Childbirth: Where Does It Come From?
If you are first time mom, chances are you have at least one blog post saved to Pinterest titled something along the lines of, "What to Pack for the Hospital." Packing the hospital bag (or preparing the home birth supplies) is an exciting step! It means you are close enough to the end of your… Continue reading What to Pack (In Your Brain) for Labor