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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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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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Freeing Yourself From Past Pain and Fear

Sometimes the light is made more brilliant by the contrast of darkness. Have you had a scary or unpleasant birth experience in the past? If you’re expecting again, you might be worried about a repeat of your last birth scenario, and that past fear and anxiety can play a role in the way that your Read More

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Five Births – A Journey to Unassisted Birth

My own birth experiences have given rise to a deep passion for helping and healing other women, to awaken them to their own innate potential for joy, power, and trust in themSelves.  They have led me to unassisted birth. Above all, giving birth is about finding, trusting, and owning your power as a woman. Unassisted birth Read More

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Depression During Pregnancy

The possibility of depression during pregnancy doesn’t seem to be talked about very often. We tend to hear the opposite–about pregnancy glow, and being awash in the hormones of love, etc. It took me five entire pregnancies to admit that I don’t actually like being pregnant. Of course, I love the building excitement, and the Read More