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January 7, 2019

It's a new year and many have made resolutions that they will not keep.  I stopped making resolutions a long time ago because there is a bit of folly in holding such high expectations to one special day.  I have been disappointed many times by so called "special" days....

December 2, 2018

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from the store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”  Dr. Seuss

The question “What does a stress free December look like for you?” was posed on a facebook grou...

May 1, 2018

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) made the following statement about doulas in January 2017: "The recommendations also suggest that women benefit from continuous emotional support and the use of non-pharmacologic methods to manage pain. Sup...

April 2, 2018

Last week I sat in my chair feeling mentally and physically exhausted. I just wanted to be 4 again and curl up in my Mom's lap. I longed for someone to take care of me. To cook me a meal and do the laundry. Unfortunately, my Mom lives a 12 hour drive away. When we beco...

March 1, 2018

My mantra for birthwork is “your birth memories should be precious”. It is appropriate for every service I provide whether it's doula work, childbirth education or birth/newborn photography. We live in a culture of fear and traumatic experiences when it comes to birth....

February 1, 2018

What do oxytocin and Valentine's Day have in common? Well they are both associated with love. Dr. Michel Odent, world renowned obstetrician has called oxytocin the love hormone. Oxytocin is a hormone that is released during the making of babies as well as the birthing...

January 1, 2018

It has been many years since I've made any New Year's resolutions. Resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not do something”. How can I possibly make FIRM decisions to do or be something for a whole year when I have no idea how the year is going to unfold? S...

December 1, 2017

There was a time when you would be surrounded by your mother, sisters, grandmother, aunts and female cousins during not only birth but for the first few weeks after baby's arrival. Other cultures still have a period of “lying in” in which mother and baby spend their ti...

November 3, 2017

“A baby shower is a way to celebrate the expected or delivered birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother at a party, whereas other cultures host a baby shower to celebrate the transformation of a woman into a mother.” Wikipedia

I have been to many baby showers....

October 2, 2017

While doing research for planning the postpartum support group I recently started, I googled “facilitating postpartum support group”. Without fail and no matter how I worded my search, I came up with postpartum depression support group. The focus of my group is not pos...

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