April 30, 2018

Marrisa is the first mother featured for this Mother's Day project which I feel is pretty fitting. I first met Marrisa when we were on our way to Young Life camp the first year I was leading. She was by far the sassiest, strongest and most real lady I had ever met. She...

March 21, 2018

On my last post (read here), I mentioned that in one of my weekly rhythms, I make a very simple dutch oven bread. I had a lot of people ask for the recipe so I thought I would share. I know this isn't specifically "doula" related but we all need an excuse to a) bake th...

March 12, 2018

Childbirth

Doulas and childbirth educators will most likely talk about the 3 R’s of labor: Relaxation, rhythm and ritual (thanks Penny Simpkin). The three R’s help women to cope with the intensity of labor.

Relaxation:

During early labor, we encourage the laboring mother...

September 17, 2017

This post was created based on specific questions people had for me about doulas. I got my information from my experience, dona.org, and Alisha Gessner & Chenoa Durheim certified doulas in our community.

Are doulas only for women who want a natural birth?

A doula's numbe...

July 1, 2017

I had the overwhelming thought, most of my life, that I wouldn’t be able to have children.

My mother died of a rare heart condition when I was four and the doctors said because of her heart condition its actually a miracle my sister and I lived to tell our stories. And...

July 1, 2017

I am now 32 weeks into my pregnancy. Overall the baby is healthy, I've felt pretty good and besides eating sushi and lounging in hot tubs, I've been able to do what I've wanted to in this new season of life.

I'm learning a lot about pregnancy and birth. There are a lot...

July 1, 2017

Social media makes everything look great - marriage, pregnancy, having kids, work, eating scones, etc. After perusing Instagram early on in my pregnancy and seeing women who looked like pregnant models and wore ridiculously expensive maternity clothing, I decided I sho...

July 1, 2017

I've lived too much of my life believing lies. One of the best advice I ever got from my counselor was to learn the discipline of discerning what is a lie and how to stop them from creeping into my mind. And it truly is a discipline, especially when you have been liste...

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