How a Chinese Finger Trap Teaches About Birth

I found a Chinese finger trap in my kids’ leftover party decorations the other day and, on a whim to avoid my present responsibilities, I felt drawn to playing with it. Naturally, my mind wandered to birth, which is pretty normal… but it seemed like the finger trap was trying to tell me something important.Continue reading “How a Chinese Finger Trap Teaches About Birth”

Book Review: “Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin

Many childbirth books offer a picture of the birth process that has been influenced by the medical model as a standard. “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” describes birth as a physiological process, with respect to the many variations of natural (unmedicated) vaginal birth. I consider this book to be a must-read for anyone who desiresContinue reading “Book Review: “Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin”

9 Things That Improve in Pregnancy

Everyone’s experience of pregnancy is different, but very often these 9 things get better  when carrying a baby. Which of these did you enjoy?

What Happens at Doula Visits?

So you’re wondering — what exactly are doula prenatal/postnatal visits all about? As every doula is unique, so is the outline for visits, the number offered, content covered, and overall feel. As a Birth Boot Camp Doula, I prefer to call these “birth plan visits” to avoid confusion with a care provider’s prenatal and postpartumContinue reading “What Happens at Doula Visits?”

Cosleeping & Breastfeeding

Ah, sleep. Between the topics of how parents feed their child and how they medicate their child, somewhere we find the ultra-controversial topic of — dun dun dun (wish I could say zz, zzz, zzzz…) — infant sleep. Your heart says to keep your baby close at all times, but your head hesitates with concernsContinue reading “Cosleeping & Breastfeeding”