Recently I shared the inspiring story of a mother who reached out to me two years before her second pregnancy, asking for tips on how she could prepare herself for a VBAC.  She had just recently given birth to her first child via a cesarean after an induction that resulted in her dilating and pushing for over two hours before a cesarean was called.  She believed in herself and her body and wanted to do...

Pregnancy loss comes in different forms and hurts just as much at any stage.  I am sending out lots of love to every family that has gone through the heartbreak of having and losing, no matter how long your baby was a part of your life.  Here are some online and local resources for support groups, for pregnancy and infant loss, grief and trauma. Dr. Tara May- I was introduced to Dr. Tara May's...

Choosing a great provider who will positively support you throughout your pregnancy and birth experience is without a doubt one of the single, most important decisions you will make on your journey to parenthood.  Providers- whether they are midwives, family doctors or OBs, have different understandings and approaches to pregnancy and birth and finding one that works for you doesn't need to be difficult.  Here are some factors for you to consider when you find...

New motherhood, especially for first time parents, is one of the most challenging times you might ever go through.  Having a support system ready during this period of your life is, not only important, but CRUCIAL to your success.  If ever there is a time in your life that you should let your guard down, be vulnerable, and ask for help, THIS IS THE TIME. Many new parents that I work with, assume that the father...

One of the most important aspects to note about birth specifically, and life in general, is that the mind & body connection is SO REAL.  By boosting our confidence and positive messaging, we can help reduce our fears surrounding birth and new parenthood- and that in turn will lead to a more comfortable experience. Here are 5 tips for building that confidence- Incorporate Affirmations Into Your Day-to-Day Life- Affirmations are positive statements that build our confidence...

One way you can share some love with a your new mamas is by sharing some nourishing, easy to eat foods with them.  Below is an easy, quick recipe that you can put together in minimal time to share with your loved one or to prepare for your upcoming postpartum time. Ingredients 1 Cup Nuts (Almonds, Cashews or your Favorite Nut) 1 Cup Medjool Dates (pitted) 1 tablespoon water Pinch of Sea Salt Optional Ground Flax...

One of the perks of my work is all the learning and light bulb moments I get from the families I work with. It never gets old. I especially love it when that sharing of traditions & cultures just cements for me how intertwined and related postpartum world traditions really are. This weekend I shared a cup of Senegalese #Hibiscus Mint Tea with one of my lovely families and learned about their native baobab drink as they...

Sometimes when we sit down to write, we find that someone else's words perfectly describe what we want to say, without having had to search for it.  Today, while I sat down to do some research for a new mother who I am working with, who experienced birth trauma at her recent birth less than a week ago, I found the perfect words to describe what optimal care in childbirth can look like.  I want...

I am excited to share this space with you and to give you an inside look into the things that inspire me to do the work that I do.  As a doula and educator, I am much more than just a presence at birth- I am a nurturer, a supporter, an advocate and a guide as you navigate this journey to parenthood. I hope to use this forum to share inspiring stories from the lives of the...