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Blessingway – an Empowering Alternative to a Baby Shower

Baby showers can be a great way for new moms to be celebrated, but let’s be honest – it can get a little old playing the same game of guessing what candy bar has been melted in a diaper. What if there was a different way to come around an expecting mom so that she…

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10 Tips to Help with Healing after Birth

Birth has been described as many things and among them: a marathon, exhausting, a train wreck. As a doula and childbirth educator I believe birth is beautiful, magical, amazing and empowering but I also know the toll a woman’s body goes through during labor and the importance of taking time to heal after. Some traditions…

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Real Food for Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a time where you are bombarded with lots of information and opinions. What you can and cannot do. What you can and cannot eat.  And I’ve been there! It’s frustrating, especially when you try and follow what the doctor says but you see conflicting information. For me, I was most concerned with…

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The Start of a Passion – Becoming a Doula

One question people I hear quite often is why I ended up becoming a doula and a childbirth educator. I love answering it because it encompasses my whole philosophy of birth. It started during my pregnancy with my first child. At the time, we were living in Mexico, but being only an hour and a…

Birth – More Than Just a Healthy Mom and Baby

“At least you have a healthy baby and you are okay!”   How many times have I heard these words said to a mother who just went through a delivery that was very different then what she had hoped for.  More often than I have hoped.  The person who says these words are meaning to…

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How to Write a Birth Plan

Need help on how to write a birth plan? You may have already heard the term birth plan.  It’s a document that is drafted by the expecting parents about how they plan on having their birth go. But the thing is birth often doesn’t follow our plans, so it is good to look at all…

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Labor Stress & Adrenaline in Labor

So you are laboring at home beautifully – things are progressing well.  Contractions are 3-4 minutes apart so you and your partner decide it’s time to head to the hospital, your chosen place of birth.  You waddle as gracefully as you can to labor and delivery triage and they place the monitors on you to…

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Fear and Anxiety in Giving Birth

Did you know that fear and anxiety in giving birth can affect regular labor? When we are afraid our body tenses up and releases adrenaline. Let’s talk about each of these effects. Today I will talk about tension and next week I will talk about the effects of adrenaline. One of our first reactions, when…