I read an article the other day about why SAHM’s need to stop whining and be thankful for their ability to be home with their children. It was somewhat offensive but there was truth in it.

Then in response to that article I read another one about why SAHM’s need to be allowed to whine all they want because they sacrifice all day for their families. It was somewhat offensive but there was truth in it.

THEN I read another article about working mom’s. Talking about how they’re shamed often for leaving their children but in fact the children of working mom’s are basically genius’ because they have to learn early on to be self sufficient and they’re not so needy like those “level 5 clingers” of SAHM’s. It was somewhat offensive, but there was truth in it.

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Norah Brooke {A VBAC Success}

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

The Beginning of a Life Long Journey {a {still} birth story}

This post was written 2 1/2 years ago. It has been an honor to share this bit of our life with others, knowing that if even one life is changed, our Daphne’s short life was not in vain.

If nothing else, I want our story to resound with {hope}. And let that hope be what shines through it all.

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“God Just Needed Another Angel” – and other things NOT to say to a bereaved parent

When someone close to us is grieving – particularly a bereaved parent- our first reaction is to sooth or comfort them somehow.

We usually say how sorry we are and then comes the point where we offer some other form of condolence.

In our minds, it sounds great. Coming out of our mouths,  it still sounds good. Going into the ears of the grieving person it often doesn’t sound so awesome.

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I {Almost} Didn’t Do It! – The birth of Lydia Mae

My little brother was home on leave from training with the USMC. His orders had him back 10/1 at 15:00. His flight was 10/1 at 05:30.
He had been at both my previous births and was actually the first person to see Daphne after she was born. It was extremely important to both
of us that he be there to greet Lydia upon her arrival.

Unfortunately, Lydia wasn’t quiiiiite so cooperative.

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We Got The Blues – Postpartum Depression in Women AND Men

Did you know that 1 in 7 new mom’s in the U.S. suffer from postpartum depression and/or anxiety?

Did you know that many new mom’s don’t have access to appropriate mental health care to help treat and solve their postpartum depression?

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death in postpartum women within a year of giving birth?

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Relax! I’m a Doula!

Hi I’m Jess and if you haven’t heard, I’m a Doula.

{You’re a “who-la”?!}

Yeah… I get that a lot. I’ve actually had someone ask these exact words…
{“Sooo… do you like do good juju witchdoctor-y type stuff to hypnotize someone in labor?”}

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