There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.

~Pamela S. Nadav

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Doula For Your C-section

April 13, 2015

Did you know doulas have training to help families through cesareans? Well, they do — both labor and postpartum doulas have what it takes to help you navigate your cesarean, whether it was planned or not. [youtube]

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What to Expect When Your Baby Is Not Who You Expected Him to Be: 5 Strategies for Parenting a High Needs Baby

April 13, 2015

You can never be quite sure of who this tiny human is going to be after he or she emerges from your womb. We often expect an image like this one (Artist: Brenda Burke). Mom and baby awash in the sweetness of new motherhood. You picture the days snuggling away in quiet and coos, with only occasional crying.…

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Student Midwives Learning

March 31, 2015

The skills needed to become a competent midwife are seemingly infinite. There doesn’t seem to be an end to what we need to learn, academically and practically speaking. The academic part is relatively easy. It comes from reading, study groups, online student midwife chats, watching videos, and good mentors. Where does the practical side come…

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Homebirth: The Basics.

March 2, 2015

General Information What Home Birth Is Really Like: Dispelling a few myths and answering a few common questions. Homebirth Dads: The Dad’s perspective on homebirthing. Is Homebirth for You? Citizens for Midwifery Business of Being Born Gentle Birth Homebirth: A Midwife Mutiny Ina May Gaskin: Author, Activist, Innovater Midwifery Today The Safety of Homebirth Perinatal…

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Awe & Gratitude

February 9, 2015

I have been putting together a scrapbook of pictures, cards, letters, and memorabilia from the doula clients who have so graciously shared such items with me. As the 8×8 book comes together, I find myself full of memories of each story. I have not forgotten a single birth. Not one. Each one is a treasure…

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A Little Birth Poetry.

January 20, 2015

Birth is amazing. I attended three in the space of about 40 hours this weekend. Two butter births on a Saturday morning. Both filled with intense power and work, capped by peace when they were all over. The other a triumphant victory, and a step toward healing of a past rough experience. Women are incredible.…

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I Am A Doula

January 5, 2015

Doula. I am a doula. Those words, filled with so much meaning over the years, were my starting point in this birth journey I’m on. Doula is a weighty word. It’s a very different role than almost any other in birth. It encompasses so much that used to be taken for granted: that a sister,…

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So It Begins.

December 22, 2014

In November, The North American Registry of Midwives accepted my application into the PEP program. That should really have about eleventy-one exclamation points behind it. After all, it is the ripening of a long-blossoming fruit. The result of  a dream hatched over seven years ago, when my youngest was just a baby. I called the…

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My Ideal Client.

October 22, 2014

Recently at an interview, I was asked the following question: “What is your ideal client, and why?” I think that might be one of the most intelligent questions I have ever been asked. I knew the answer immediately, and had to keep it short. As a doula, part of my training is to identify and…

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A Weighty Responsibility

August 4, 2014

Finishing up a class is always bittersweet, triggering a time of self-evaluation, reflection, and a desire to do better next time. Childbirth education is not a job where I can just show up, punch a card, and go home. It is filled with challenges as unique as each student who walks through the door. Each…

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