What can a birther/ partner bring to a birth?

This question was asked by a new doula this morning and I thought my answer was too helpful not to share with my larger audience. 1.) Personal Care items for you: For me that means toothbrush & paste, deodorant, mints, gum, protein snacks, water bottle and a clean shirt in case I get splashed withContinue reading “What can a birther/ partner bring to a birth?”

Cincinnati Postpartum Support

Postpartum is hard. There’s so much to do and mothers can use all the support we can get. Here in Cincinnati, it’s still the norm for mothers or mothers-in-law to come help the new parents for a week. Then the parents are on their own. Mothers still need support after that and theres two waysContinue reading “Cincinnati Postpartum Support”

Cincinnati Postpartum Therapist

Joslyn Reedy-Kay, LISW-S Joslyn is one of our few Cincinnati Postpartum Therapists, who specializes in trauma, EMDR, maternal and paternal mental health. Joslyn Reedy-Kay has been working in the mental health field as a psychotherapist since 2009.  In 2017 she opened her own counseling practice specializing in perinatal mental health in response to her own difficultContinue reading “Cincinnati Postpartum Therapist”

Top 10 Must-Haves on your Baby Registry for Natural Families

Some people would call me a experienced mom, I mean I have had two children now, both of which I took a very natural route. I ate as well as I could during pregnancy, trying to drink a gallon of water a day, eating 60-80 grams of protein and big handful of kale or spinachContinue reading “Top 10 Must-Haves on your Baby Registry for Natural Families”

Postpartum Success Plan

As many of you could probably guess, postpartum mood issues range from mild – severe. Mild to moderate postpartum mood can be supported at home with some simple steps. These are tools you can use before you even have symptoms and then you add in the next step if you begin to feel worse. ThatsContinue reading “Postpartum Success Plan”


Self-Care is all the rage now. Its vital. Period. The end. The problem for some of us, is that healthy self-care hasn’t been modeled well AND it’s a vulnerable skill to learn. To do self-care well, a person has to: -Acknowledge that they have needs -Know their needs are just as important as everyone else’sContinue reading “Self-Care”


Hello everyone. I’m Anna Taylor founder of Dream Catcher Birth Services here in Cincinnati. I’m a birth and postpartum doula, and do placenta encapsulation. In my free time I blog, continue learning about all things birth, mother my kids and work on rehabbing my home. I specialize in natural birth, and have a holistic andContinue reading “Hello”

Real life Self-Care

I made a list recently of my needs on a daily basis, so I can stop always putting myself last. If I add myself to my To-Do list then I’ll succeed. It really works! My list includes: 20 minutes of silence 20 minutes of exercise wearing clean clothes being in a tidy environment connecting withContinue reading “Real life Self-Care”

Providers for your birth

If your new to the birth world you may be confused about what care providers titles mean. You may be asking, “Is a midwife and a doula the same thing?” Or you may want to know the difference between types of midwives. Let me take a couple minutes and break it down for you. CareContinue reading “Providers for your birth”

Self-Advocacy during Pregnancy & Birth

I am often asked by my clients, how can I advocate for myself during pregnancy and birth? Simply put, advocating for yourself can be a challenging but necessary goal. Allow me to elaborate. Women have Basic Human Rights that allow them to self-advocate during pregnancy and birth. You have the right to know your optionsContinue reading “Self-Advocacy during Pregnancy & Birth”

Lowering Cincinnati Hospital Episiotomy Rates

I am just so excited to share this news!!! Not only was my blog post shared in a meeting with Hospital staff BUT now an initiative to lower their episiotomy rates has started!!!! I recently found out from an internal source, at a local hospital, that they found my blog post comparing Cincinnati hospital birthContinue reading “Lowering Cincinnati Hospital Episiotomy Rates”

Spotlight: Atrium’s Natural Beginnings Birth Center Interview

Shared below is an interview I recently had the pleasure of doing with our local birth center! Natural Beginnings is just outside of Cincinnati, and have a great record of supporting natural birth. I am so excited to give all of my blog readers more specifics about what they offer. Interview: Describe what Atrium NaturalContinue reading “Spotlight: Atrium’s Natural Beginnings Birth Center Interview”

20% off Placenta Encapsulation services for due dates in January and February 2019

I know that there must be a lot of pregnant people out there who have been working to take care of others during this holiday season. Now I want to take care of you! Any clients who are due in January or February of 2019 will get 20% off of My Placenta encapsulation services, justContinue reading “20% off Placenta Encapsulation services for due dates in January and February 2019”

Coming soon… Comparison of Cincinnati hospitals C-section rates

Thank you for your patience as I work to find information about each of Cincinnatis hospitals c-secton, episiotomy rates and more. I believe in informed choice and am excited to offer Cincinnati’s pregnant population concrete information so they can choose for themselves which hospital is best for them. Stand by and keep a look outContinue reading “Coming soon… Comparison of Cincinnati hospitals C-section rates”

Postpartum Plan

Postpartum mood disorders are increasingly prevalent with, 1 out of 9 women experiencing it. This depression can begin during pregnancy, soon after birth or even six months postpartum. It’s caused from shifting hormones, lack of sleep, and can be compacted with all sorts of risk factors. Trauma during childbirth is one, as well as unplannedContinue reading “Postpartum Plan”

What I really needed for my new baby, myself and my family after birth

If your anything like me then, you may be anxious about the possibility of forgetting something that you should have for after your baby is born. Let me tell you, people WILL be running out to get things that you didn’t think of and, that’s okay. Just remind yourself that the stores will still beContinue reading “What I really needed for my new baby, myself and my family after birth”

Its your body, your cervix, and you can do your own cervical check

If you’re interested in feeling your own cervix before or during labor, check out this blog post. It will walk you though the when, how, and why of a self check. It’s just another way to take your birth experience in your own hands. https://www.babble.com/pregnancy/can-i-check-my-own-cervix-to-see-if-im-dilated-2/amp/

Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state “report card”

Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state “report card” February 21, 2018 Midwife-friendly laws and regulations tend to coincide with lower rates of premature births, cesarean deliveries and newborn deaths, according to a U.S.-wide “report card” that ranks each of the 50 states on the quality of their maternity care. The first-of-its-kind study foundContinue reading “Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state “report card””

How to pursue a homebirth

So you want to have a homebirth but dont know where to start? Here a guideline to push you in the right direction. Find a midwife (or three) to talk to. Ask all your questions of what it will be like and make sure you voice any big fears you have. Your midwife will beContinue reading “How to pursue a homebirth”

Creating your birth space

You probably know that you want to have a calming and relaxed environment for your birth. This is because your cervix is really quite demanding with it’s very own timetable of how quickly it wants to dilate. So bossy! But it only want to dilate in a space that feels safe and for your cervix,Continue reading “Creating your birth space”

Should I have my children at my homebirth?

Birth is beautiful and why wouldn’t you want to share it with your very favorite little people? Children can be great additions to a birth. I completely get it. Watching you give birth to their sibling will not only normalize natural birth to your child but could help them fully embrace the new baby. SometimesContinue reading “Should I have my children at my homebirth?”

Who should I invite to my birth?

A birth is one of those rare experiences in the client’s life where I am fully expecting her to be selfish. This birth is ALL about her. I talk to every client about who she is thinking about having at her birth. Sometimes that discussion is really easy because she just wants her partner andContinue reading “Who should I invite to my birth?”

I Barter

If you’re a client who is looking at my fees and saying… woah! Then I’ve got an option for you. I don’t believe that I always have to be paid in money, sometimes clients have something even better to offer, a skill or product that I find just as valuable as you do. It’s justContinue reading “I Barter”

Traditional Chinese or Raw Method for Placenta Encapsulation… You choose

I’ve began offering placenta encapsulation to clients in the greater Cincinnati area 8 years ago, when I was trained by a local home birth midwife. Since then I have undergone a more traditional weekend workshop on placenta encapsulation and I’ve learned tons through my personal experience. I began by offering the raw method of placentaContinue reading “Traditional Chinese or Raw Method for Placenta Encapsulation… You choose”