Unfortunately, if you are familiar with this diagnosis, you probably have either experienced it for yourself, or know someone who has. Lately it has gotten more attention in the media as celebrities, such as Amy Schumer, have shared their experience with it. Even as a doula, I truly did not understand the seriousness of thisContinue reading “Hyperemesis Gravidarum”
Postpartum. It is a time of processing, healing, and adjusting to the new person in your life – YOU. Birth recreates us, and this new person that we now are can be a startling revelation. The overwhelming emotions and feelings that you can experience after giving birth can surprise and delight, then, just as equally,Continue reading “Postpartum Help – What to offer…”
The first text I received was in the early evening. “The contractions are finally coming consistently!” Weeks of prodromal labor, pressure to induce, chiropractic appointments, spinning babies activities, acupuncture, and numerous attempts at natural induction were finally at an end. Three hours later, I texted her husband to see how it was going. “I thinkContinue reading “The Twin Plan”
World Doula Week kicks off today and I thought I would take a moment to talk about what a birth doula does. This blog post will not be an informative, fact based listing of all the improved outcomes that arise when you hire a doula for your birth, or the increased percentages of unmedicated births,Continue reading “World Doula Week!”
Surrender. Soften. Open. I choose my words carefully and speak them softly when I notice tension. Gently placing my hand on her shoulder as a physical reminder to release and accept the wave building and rising. Encouraging her with a few key words to go with the sensations rolling over her. We have practiced andContinue reading “Words Matter”
It had been a long, exhausting induction. At nearly 40 weeks, diagnosed with pregnancy induced high blood pressure, she was tired. Sooo tired. She could not move out of the “throne” position, the last position I was able to coax her into after the final disappointing cervical check. No progress. Eyes closed, breathing deeply andContinue reading “The Power of a Mother.”
I have an exciting new title to add to my ever growning list of acronyms….SpBCPE! What does this mean? After four days of intense, exciting training with GAIL TULLY herself, I am now certified to teach Spinning Babies® Parent classes to parents-to-be! What is Spinning Babies®, you ask? Spinning Babies® is a unique approach toContinue reading “Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator.”
“I support families no matter what turns there may be; I have committed to this depth of support so that you know that no matter the course of the birth journey, I am equipped to support you.” Stillbirthday training was a comprehensive training in birth diversity. A loss is still a birth.