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 … Continue reading Another Reason NOT to fear Homebirth
The birth of Grey Forest Walt If you are a birth story enthusiast, like me, your will find this one thrilling and empowering. She has a home birth, but not just any, because her home is off the grid, on a mountain top. Its about a woman finding her power. And about all women finding … Continue reading The birth of Grey Forest Walt
Meet our local Cincinnati Doulas at one time and place. Its educational and fun!
Another reason to love Ted Talks! This is beautiful animation of the transformation from conception to birth. Related articles Conception to birth – visualized! Alexander Tsiaras on TED.com (ted.com)
Blessingway Readings & Chants I’m looking through my files to choose a reading for a mother blessing this weekend, I felt like sharing some of them here for people who might be googling around looking for something to share at a blessingway: From the book Joyful Birth: A Spiritual Path to Motherhood by Susan Piver The path of … Continue reading Thinking about a Blessingway…
Benefits of eating your placenta Doing placenta encapsulation has so many benefits! This article has tons of extra information and lists benefits, as well as her personal experiences. Awesome!
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