All We’re Really Trying to Say

There is a misconception I have noticed among the general population in regards to birth professionals who advocate for the kind of birth outlined in the above photo. How surprised they are when they learn that doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives are actually all for advances in technology and care. We just desire that practice…

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Learn From My Mistakes

Every mom would be wise to try and learn from the mistakes of others. This is the story of my biggest one. I did the CIO thing with my oldest. I “flexibly scheduled” his feedings. If he was crying, and I noted that he was dry, clean, full, and well-rested, I let him cry. Sometimes,…

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Something is Better Than Nothing.

As a birth professional, a big part of my job is walking alongside women and their partners during the childbearing year by educating them about almost every aspect of their pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period. I meet women where they are, not where I think they should be. Often, not even where she thinks…

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Parenting is an art, not a formula.

Parenting is hot business these days. In bookstores, online, and among local communities, we have available to us countless offerings of formulaic “If you parent OUR way, your progeny will grow up full of awesome! No, really. Trust us!” I call B.S. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all method to every child. (What…

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