Doula Diaries: Sunday 6/26/16 Inductions

Ever wonder what it's like to be a doula with a family? I'll tell ya! Welcome to my doula life! My main characters are Mike, my superhero of a husband and father to our three children; Jace, my 11 year old guitar-playing, x-box loving, sharp-witted son; Kaia, my 8 year old sunshine daughter; and Ty, my 21-month old whirlwind of a toddler. And then there's me! I've been doulaing since 2011 and have attended more than 60 births to date and have taught over 90 couples in my childbirth classes. This is my full-time gig! With three children and a doula business, private and group childbirth education classes, evening sports and afterschool homework, staying at home as a full-time mom and also cr

Birth Affirmation: Down, down, down

The thing about birth affirmations is they have a way of really reaching down into your psyche and your mind just can't help but to listen! The quote above is one that I created and say often during labors as your birth doula. You can read it during pregnancy. You can print it and create a bundle of birth affirmations to take with you to your birth place. You can use it as a guide for your husband or birth partner to say to you during your labor. A cheat sheet, if you will! The possibilities are endless. I love the natural vibe of the picture here, the rainbow reaching down for the trees, not to mention the practical advice contained in the words! What's your favorite birth affirmation?

What To Say When You Don't Want Your Family at Your Birth

Today I'll share some tips on what to say when you're not sure how to let your family and friends know that you don't want them at your birth. That's even hard to read, isn't it, let alone say out loud to those same family and friends! I totally understand why you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings and disinvite those who assume they'll be there during your baby's birth, or perhaps those who you've invited before you realized you didn't want them present. As a mother myself I understand why your own mom wants to be at your birth, wants to be one of the very first to meet your baby, wants to know that her daughter (you) is safe throughout the birthing process. As a doula, I understand that

Doula Diaries: Friday June 17, 2016

Ever wonder what it's like to be a doula with a family? I'll tell ya! Welcome to my doula life! My main characters are Mike, my superhero of a husband and father to our three children; Jace, my 11 year old guitar-playing, x-box loving, sharp-witted son; Kaia, my 8 year old sunshine daughter; and Ty, my 21-month old whirlwind of a toddler. And then there's me! I've been doulaing since 2011 and have attended more than 60 births to date and have taught over 90 couples in my childbirth classes. This is my full-time gig! With three children and a doula business, private and group childbirth education classes, evening sports and afterschool homework, staying at home as a full-time mom and also cr

Active Labor: 10 Positions Changes You Should Practice and Use

You've heard that you should get active in active labor, and change positions often. But what does that mean? If you haven't been in labor before (or even if you have!), it's sometimes hard to remember what to do in the moment. I've broken it down here, to make it easy. Here are 10 positions you can get into to keep labor progressing. Doulas are a great tool during labor, because we have an internal collection of position changes and other ideas to keep labor progressing and to keep you comfortable, as well. It's what we're trained to do! If you don't have a doula on your team, it's not too late to hire one. Meanwhile, check out these tips and practice them with your birth partner. You

Birth Announcement: Twins! Everley Shay and Ellerie Drew

Congratulations times two! Twins Everley Shay (3#) and Ellerie Drew (5#) were born on 6/5/16 (7:33p) and 6/6/16 (12:09a), a few hours apart, determined to show their individuality right from the get-go! I am so over-the-moon happy for first time parents Taylor and Phil as they welcome their sweet daughters to the world. These girls were born at 32 weeks after an induction for medical reasons, and this amazing couple received top-notch care from their birth team who supported and encouraged a vaginal delivery from day 1. I was Taylor's "Distance Doula" and was able to offer advice and encouragement prenatally, tips for dad during labor as well as questions for mom and dad to consider asking

Doula Package #1: Comprehensive Doula Care

So, you're looking for a doula? Great! Congratulations, you've taken the first step in taking charge of your birth. What is doula care, anyway? Hands-on help during labor from someone who has been there before is priceless. I'm there to guide you through each contraction, gently bringing you back to your breath and the present moment through mindfulness techniques, or pain-coping practices. Sometimes it's knowing when to step back and give you and your husband -or birth partner- space to practice what you've learned prenatally and to experience your own birth. I'm there to help you through all kinds of different pain-coping practices, and actually reduce the pain with the "magic" of double-

Doula Diaries: June 5, 2016

Ever wonder what it's like to be a doula with a family? I'll tell ya! Welcome to my doula life! My main characters are Mike, my superhero of a husband and father to our three children; Jace, my 11 year old guitar-playing, x-box loving, sharp-witted son; Kaia, my 8 year old sunshine daughter; and Ty, my 21-month old whirlwind of a toddler. And then there's me! I've been doulaing since 2011 and have attended around 60 births to date and have taught over 90 couples in my childbirth classes. This is my full-time gig! With three children and a doula business, private and group childbirth education classes, evening sports and afterschool homework, staying at home as a full-time mom and also creat

Relax and Open

Your body responds to images and pictures that your mind creates. That's why you'll hear about "birth affirmations" for pregnancy and labor! If all you hear in your mind is "I don't want a c-section!!" then what image is it that your mind is left with? That's right...a cesarean section. Now if you replace that with something like the above, "Breathe in to relax; breathe out to open; and let your cervix melt away like ice on a sunny day," what image does your mind create? Feel the difference? Now, go and find some more birth affirmations and you're on your way to having some influence over the images and messages in your own mind, and creating your most satisfying birth! If you found this ar

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