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On Abortion as a Doula and Birth Professional

Three days ago, Texas governor Greg Abbott “signed into law a so-called “heartbeat ban” abortion bill — barring most abortions at the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into pregnancy,” says CNN. I’m disgusted. There’s plenty to love about Texas, but a heartbeat bill is absurd and harmful Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 6: Sleep, Move, & Eat Real Food

Have you ever stopped to think about how the basics of good health have become so un-basic? Sleep, fitness, and nutrition are foundational aspects of living well, and that doesn’t change when you’re expecting. To optimize your prenatal health, do these three things: Take care to move your body every day, prioritize your rest and Read More

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On Being Gender Inclusive as Birth Professionals

We want to be inclusive as doulas; to be kind, and caring to all who cross our path. BUT – can inclusiveness get in the way of offering individualized care? I think yes. Doulas are well-versed in becoming whatever our clients need to be supportive of their unique birth experience. We know that one-size-fits-all narratives Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 5: Read Positive Birth Stories!

Read positive birth stories. Once upon a time ago, I didn’t understand the point of birth stories. I thought once the baby was here, the birth was more or less incidental. After all, “the only thing that matters is that you have a healthy baby,” right? Uh, no. I take issue with that statement. Having Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 3: Ask Questions! (and Question the Answers)

Ask questions, and don’t just accept the answers blindly. There’s not really any such thing as a “routine” procedure, except for what’s part of your care provider’s typically-preferred routine. It’s all Optional. Recommended. Suggested. Commonly practiced.  If your healthcare provider tells you to get a test or procedure done, ask what it’s for, and whether Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 2: Do Your Own Research!

Are you committed to having a better birth? Do your own research! Don’t rely on your health care professional to tell you everything you need to know, because they won’t. Not because they’re a jerk, or anything of the sort. It’s just that they don’t have the time to spend telling you things that aren’t Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 1 of a Series

Why do we need empowered childbirth? How do we go about cultivating such a thing? Birth is something that every single one of us experiences–whether it’s giving birth, attending a birth, or being born ourselves. All human beings on Earth, throughout time, are connected through this most ancient rite of passage. In modern times, however, Read More

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Labor Calm Spray with Bach Flower Essences + Essential Oils

One of the ways you can personalize your labor room is by bringing a bottle of aromatherapy spray with you. I call mine Labor Calm Spray. I kept a bottle of Labor Calm Spray in my doula bag when I attended hospital births. Usually, the hospital staff were not okay with an essential oil diffuser Read More