As I move deeper into my journey to become a midwife, I'm struck by the disparities that are faced by women of color in the Cincinnati Area. It is not for socioeconomic reasons like education or their yearly income that makes their statistics so much worse than their white counterparts, it's the sheer fact that… Continue reading This one goes out to Cincinnati’s pregnant women of color
Birth is a big deal and for some it becomes an even bigger deal knowing that other people are going to be looking straight at areas of your body that are the most sacred. I get it! I really do. Yes... it's totally true that for most moms they're going to hit a point in… Continue reading No, you’re not being silly if you want to be modest during your birth
There is no doubt that you will work hard during a natural birth. We all know it! Any of us who have done it have heard comments like, "I could never do that" and "You are way stronger than I am". The thing is that those comments aren't true and I think it gives the… Continue reading The hardest part of birth
That homebirth is messy is a common thought for individuals who haven't seen birth or a brand new to it. There's an idea that fluids shoot out of the mother's body followed quickly by fluids from the newborn's, and soon enough there is blood dripping from the ceiling! Or wait... Maybe that was my idea… Continue reading Is homebirth messy?
I recently realized that I have something that others may not have when it comes to postpartum depression. I not only have personal experience and really understand it, I have tools that can help. I'm so passionate about this issue because I know how debilitating it can be not only for the mother but for… Continue reading Free Postpartum Depression plan
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I hope you take the time to celebrate your pregnancy, it can be as simple as snapping some pictures of your belly on your phone, or spending 15 minutes every night connecting with your baby and partner. You won't regret it and it will only make this time and birth more beautiful! XOXO
This one goes out to all you ladies out there patiently preparing your mind body and spirit to meet the baby that you have been working so hard to grow and nourish in your womb! I see you and I bless you on your work!
It does seem like a lot doesn't it?! Plus laboring mom that's five people right there! It feels like too many to be watching you push a head that feels SO big, right out of you. I know, and it might be if everyone stayed there staring at you the whole time. But while your… Continue reading Doctors, nurses, partners, doula… Oh my! Theres a place for everyone?!
Hello! I've been asked recently what you can expect from a home birth midwife and I think that's something that I can talk about... at least as it pertains to expectations of me and the midwives that I directly work with here in Cincinnati. It all starts with prenatal care! You can expect a normal… Continue reading Role of a midwife at an uncomplicated homebirth
Okay I never do this but... In honor of Mothers Day and YOU, im offering a %10 discount on any of my services if you book by May 14th! Use the code #Dreameasy. Act fast! This deal will end soon.
The liklyhood of a new mom experiencing postpartum mood disorders in the USA is becoming all to common! To combat this epidemic we need a mental shift, we have to shift to prioritizing care of the new mom. This infograpic is exactly what I mean! Enjoy!
The feeling you get when you book two clients in one day! Doula and encapsulation...
This is a snapshot of the encapsulation part of my Placenta encapsulation service! This is one of my very favorite ways to spend the morning. I'm so glad that new moms can directly benefit in their sensitive postpartum period from my work.
https://goo.gl/images/xsvH0K The most helpful fetal position diagram I've ever seen!
As a doula and midwifery apprentice I see a lot of dads and other partners at a birth who are standing around awkwardly, just lost, and not knowing what to do. And thats okay, I know how hard it is! I started out that way too, but now I'm deep in this process of supporting… Continue reading Getting Partners involved in Birth
Last week i was on call for a doula friend and i was called to the birth! I couldnt believe it! My friend was unavailable for a 18 hour window, and it was the babies due date, so i mean, come on, the odds were SO low. Lesson learned... I am the luckiest!!!! : )… Continue reading Dream Catcher in Doula Mode
I watch new mothers and babies learn to breastfeed a lot these days. Its a whole trial and error learning curve, for both. Some get the perfect latch the first time they try, just after birth and some take weeks to work out, with tongue tie revisions or torn up nipples. I feel so lucky to work… Continue reading Taking Back Breastfeeding
My life recently consists of two types of days, both pull at my heart and keep me excited to do the other. My life as a mother and life as a birth worker. As a mother my life is paced by a sweet baby girl, Everly Ruth. At 9 months old her life is set… Continue reading A Day in the Life
Reading Heat and Hands by Elizabeth Davis last night, I was reminded of how hard it was to continually accept my pregnant body as beautiful, as I gained more and more throughout my pregnancy. I went up 50-60 pounds (I no longer wanted my midwife to weigh me at the very end after I hit… Continue reading Pregnant Bodies
Following is a great link to a Midwifery Today article about the Placenta and different uses for it. I found it spot on! http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/bridgeoflife.asp
I have attended a few homebirths lately, And i am continuously awed by the peacefulness, respect and trust that is flowing through the space. I just cant stop talking about it... even around those who i know may think its dangerous, etc.I found this table recently and am thinking about making a wallet sized copy… Continue reading Another Reason NOT to fear Homebirth