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 options … Continue reading Self-Advocacy during Pregnancy & Birth
Need help deciding which Childbirth Education class to take? In my feature post today, I have an interview by one of our amazing local Cincinnati options. In our interview, Amanda Jackson not only discusses what the Bradley method is, how it differs from other childbirth education classes but also what she offers. Check her out … Continue reading Featured: Bradley Childbirth Education Classes by Amanda Jackson
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 birth … Continue reading Lowering Cincinnati Hospital Episiotomy Rates
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 Natural … Continue reading Spotlight: Atrium’s Natural Beginnings Birth Center Interview
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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, just … Continue reading 20% off Placenta Encapsulation services for due dates in January and February 2019
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 out … Continue reading Coming soon… Comparison of Cincinnati hospitals C-section rates
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 unplanned … Continue reading Postpartum Plan
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 be … Continue reading What I really needed for my new baby, myself and my family after birth
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” 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 found … Continue reading Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state “report card”
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 be … Continue reading How to pursue a homebirth
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
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. Sometimes … Continue reading Should I have my children at my homebirth?
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 and … Continue reading Who should I invite to my birth?
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 just … Continue reading I Barter
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 placenta … Continue reading Traditional Chinese or Raw Method for Placenta Encapsulation… You choose
I got the question recently from a new mom, asking if insurance covered birth doulas. The short answer is… probably not. If you’re a member of a health sharing company, then there’s a good chance that it would be covered, but under any traditional insurance the answer is no. If you know of one please … Continue reading Insurance and Doulas
This question of how much it will be to have a home birth versus Hospital birth is really common and can get a little bit complicated, simply because insurance is complicated. I am in no way a Insurance expert so take this information as my personal experience in my years of doing birth work. If … Continue reading Financial difference between home birth and Hospital birth
Hello pregnant folks! I am accepting doula clients as I finish my midwifery training. If your due date is August 2018 or after, reach out to me. Let me help guide you in catching your dream birth. PS: I’m always accepting placenta encapsulation clients
I am a big fan of water birth, it relaxes clients when nothing else will, can speed up the labor process, allow her movement with less gravity, and is a gentle emergence for the baby. Most of the clients I work with choose to have a birth pool available for their labor.
Here I’m showing a client her side of the placenta. This is the side that was attached to the wall of her uterus, connected to her blood vessels so it could constantly infuse her baby with oxygenated blood. It’s one that after showing her and her family, I later cut, dried and put into capsules. … Continue reading Placenta
Almost every client is worried about tearing during the birth of her baby. Tearing is a real and legitimate fear women have and I am glad that I have the experience to address it! When I read blog posts I want writers to GET TO THE POINT so, I’ll go ahead and bullet out a … Continue reading How to Prevent Tearing During Birth: A Midwives Method
Yours truly, doing newborn footprints for clients, because those sweet feet will never be the same.
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