Sometimes you eat a delicious meal,
watch (and cry to) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,
sit on a labor ball,
and eat ice cream with a hint of Castor Oil mixed in…
It works. Continue reading
As we’re preparing to celebrate the birthday of my biggest baby, I realized, I’ve never written down her birth story.
I’ve made a tradition of writing them down on their first birthday as reflection, but with E that just didn’t happen.
So… without further ado, I will share with you the experience that changed my life and forever shaped my world (in more ways than one…) Continue reading
Being a childbirth educator, I’m often asked…
“But do we *really* need a birth plan?!”
Yes. The answer is always 100% yes.
And not for the reasons that you might think. Continue reading
Something I get asked about often (especially during the holidays) is travel during pregnancy.
“How far can I drive? When should I stop going on trips? Am I too far along to fly?”
The answer is… there is no quick answer.
Advice – It’s something we all seek but wish people would just wait until they’re asked.
Nothing is more overwhelming than someone getting all up in your business with how they did or would do something. Continue reading
Often times you’ll hear the labor and birth process likened to a marathon.
It’s something a woman builds up and prepares for.
She muscles through every. last. second.
She puuuuushes through to the very end.
While all of this is true, I will say that a marathon requires only a runner.
As a doula I’ve met with a lot of clients who’ve told me they want to have a “successful birth” or have told me that their first birth was “unsuccessful” and they want to be “more successful” this go around.
Let me just say something…
A little background– My first birth ended in a C-section. After my son, Liam, was born we found out that even though his head was down, his chin wasn’t tucked and he appeared to be peeking up a bit.It’s apparently known as Brow Presentation. They called it an “emergency”, but to me it wasn’t. His vitals were fine. I was fine. Some doctors just don’t like slow progression. I now feel like I should have fought it. I should have asked for help and tried different positions. However, as soon as you hear the statement “for the safety of the baby” you’re willing to do anything without questioning. Continue reading