In this blog post, I'll share more about my goals going into prenatal visits, and how that drives the content of the prenatal visits.

December 20, 2018

Most of you have probably seen birth affirmations on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. They are short phrases that reinforce positive beliefs about oneself and about birth. My body is not a lemon. My baby will fit. I trust my instincts. I am strong.

I wholeheartedly believe in the power of affirmations, but I do think they take a little bit of practice in order to...

December 11, 2018

One question that usually comes up during interviews is "what happens if you're sick, or at another birth, or labor goes on for days?" It's really an excellent question, and one that took me quite a long time to wrap my head around when I first started working as a doula. Below I'll do my best to explain all the ins and outs of backup doulas and what we do to make...

December 6, 2018

This blog post is for those who are teetering on the edge, nearly ready to embark on an adventure and start something new. Below, for those who are curious, I'll share a bit about what my journey over the past 9 months has felt like for me.

December 3, 2018

My pregnancy journey started after a much longer journey with infertility - unexplained infertility, to be exact. Pregnancy was a shock after IVF. To go from carefully regimented scheduling, exact medication measurements and almost daily blood draws and ultrasounds to the wild world of burgeoning motherhood. Oh there are plenty of resources out there, but not the...

November 24, 2018

Many people expecting a baby, particularly those planning to birth in a hospital setting, have heard stories about "the cascade of interventions." This is, essentially, the idea that some hospitals have become so accustomed to performing interventions during childbirth that they may encourage interventions that aren't necessary, and one intervention often leads to...

November 23, 2018

Pregnancy and birth are a time of reckoning. Old wounds become raw again. My job as your doula is to make space for the good and the bad.

November 21, 2018

My favorite tips and tricks for strong & effective contractions.

November 5, 2018

I've been meaning to re-organize my birth bag (it always turns into a jumbled mess when I leave a birth and shove everything in there in my happy haze). So today seemed like the perfect opportunity to give you a tour of my birth bag as I clean it out & reorganize! Here's what's in it: 


I have a beautiful Rebozo sourced from Mexico that I often show partners h...

October 30, 2018

I think it's safe to say that most partners want to be supportive, loving, and genuinely helpful while the laboring mama does the work of bringing their new child into the world. And the good news is that you're not as unprepared as you may feel! With just a little practice & preparation, you can be an amazing birth partner. Here are some easy & straightforward th...

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