It Takes a Village to Raise a Child, and Sometimes It Takes One to Have a Child

The bones of my birth story and becoming a mother are like everyone else's: a woman in labor in the hospital; the hum of the equipment monitoring the woman and the baby; the nurses moving in and out; moans as the contractions intensified and soothing words. The details are different. I was not the woman in labor although the baby being born was my biological child. ...more
Good to hear your experiences as a mother. We adopted a kid an year back and now we say that its ...more

Mama Strong

Becoming a mama defiantly proved to me that I was a physically strong woman. Two years ago I pushed out a screaming 7lb baby boy. Now that takes strength- and a strong epidural! What is paradoxical about birth (no matter if its vaginal or c-section) is that its just a moment in your life as a mama. For first time mom's the perception is that this is the pinacle moment. The be all and end all of motherhood. Its not. Its just a first step in the long road that twists and turns. The birth of my little boy was undoubtably the most amazing day of my life but it was just a day....more

Lark Story...a birth story...

Just ten short weeks ago, I gave birth to my daughter, my Lark Story...life with her is more than I could have ever imagined. And it happened like this... ...more

This Is A Birth Story

I’d like to tell you a birth story.  But this is not a story about a baby.  This is a story about a woman.Megan, my little sister, has had two babies and I was in the labor and delivery room for both births, a girl, named Vivi, and a boy, named Milo.  While their births were, like most births, little miracles, it was while watching my sister labor that I saw the rarest of beauties....more

Perfect Timing

Birth Education - 9 Reasons Why Independent Birth Education Is Best

Birth Education – 9 Reasons Why Independent Birth Education Is BestWhen you’re pregnant, its natural to want the very best birth for yourself and your baby. You can go into information overload as you get your hands on as much information as possible! But getting good information is the key. So many clients I have worked with as a doula have overdosed on information or books that might have been funny or popular, but leave much to be desired. ...more

It's About More Than Your Vagina: Why You Should Hire a Birth Photographer

I know what you're thinking. "Pictures of my vagina?!  No thanks." Except that's not what birth photography is. Birth photography is about so much more than the actual moment of birth. In fact, there are few things I've observed since becoming a parent that are as misunderstood as the idea of hiring a birth photographer. ...more
We set up a tripod at the hospital and captured our son's birth on video. It's not like we sit ...more

Writing a "Birth Plan"

At some point near the end of your pregnancy, you will likely come upon the term "birth plan" or "birth preferences." Typically, it's a good idea to spend some time thinking through your ideal birth scenario and how you might react to various unexpected complications or changes during your labor and birth....more

Breastfeeding - 1st Latch

When breastfeeding is what you've chosen to do, the first latch is very important. As soon after birth as possible, baby should latch and begin suckling. When a baby suckles at the breast, oxytocin and prolactin are released. Oxytocin aids in bonding, relaxation, and helps the uterus to contract thereby constricting blood vessels and aiding in the uterus' return to it's pre-pregnancy state/size. Prolactin is the hormone that aids in milk's production. Both of these hormones are important to baby and mom....more

Duchess Kate, We Need to Talk Mom to Mom

 Duchess Kate, it's time you and I had a conversation, mom to mom.Right now, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed. Forget about the fact you just gave birth to the third in line to the throne. There’s some things you really need to know....more