Childbirth Done Right: A Doula's Story

Last-minute maintenance before I go to bed: load the dishwasher, brush my teeth, wash my face ... it’s nearing 11 o'clock when my cell rings. I know who it is even before I look.  Oh, WHY didn’t I take a nap this afternoon?  Unable to keep from smiling, I answer the phone,"Are we ready to have a baby?" The mom-to-be on the other end questions her feelings. Contractions? Gas pains? Wishful thinking? ...more
Birth, itself, is amazing.  It is such a privilege to be part of it!  (Thank you.  You're always ...more

Not Just Another Birth Story :)

She gave birth to a towheaded baby boy at 11:50 p.m. Nine pounds, eight ounces, and twenty-two inches long. Nothing else interesting happened at all. The end. Except... ...more
Dr E craziness!  But you gotta love a good birth story.  :)more

Top 5 Reasons We Birth Out of State

1. In our state, having a home birth is difficult to come by. LPMs/CPMs are not allowed to legally practice. (Here's where you can check the laws in your state.)2. Following my body in pregnancy and birth is paramount to have the most natural/normal birth I can.3. We believe in the right to choose and not be pushed or fear-mongered into interventions or unnecessary testing/procedures. I also don't have much patience in "defending" or "explaining" our choices and decisions with doubtful health care providers....more

Watching my friend give birth

At 12:29pm I received a text from my friend Eric.  It went a little something like this…would you be interested and available to be here with us?  Brit said she wants you here and I agree.  If you’d like to come to the house for emotional support, Brittany is asking for it.  If you’re not able to, that’s 100% fine....more

A Birth Announcement fromTiny Prints

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a fun and relaxing weekend! We had to say goodbye to Kyle's mom yesterday which officially means we are on our own! We have been so fortunate to have both mine and Kyle's mom staying with us over the past few months to help me finish out my pregnancy and transition into life with two kids. Now, I apparently have to do my own laundry and cook my family meals...weird. ;) ...more

Did You Know I Don't Actually Exist?

Did you know that I don’t exist? I am so far off the grid that the government doesn’t even know that I was ever here. My whole life is operating in Ghost Protocol right now....more

How To Choose A Doula

I think some doulas would say, for their own sake, that every mother should have a doula - that every family needs one. I will be the first to say that I don't believe this to be true. And there are a few other things I'd want to hear from a doula if I were pregnant and looking for one. So I'll say some things - some things I say when I'm talking to other doula ladies and you can listen in...  ...more
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