Relocating to a new city during pregnancy

I moved during one of my pregnancies. Or, more accurately, I *prepared* for a move during one of my pregnancies. The actual move took place on the day my daughter was born, after the main event was over and I went to the hospital from the old apartment and came home to the new one […]

Dr. Facebook Will (NOT) See You Now

Pregnant woman staring in frustration at her cell phone

Monday, 4:30 am. A new mom posts to Facebook that she is struggling with her baby being fussy at nighttime feedings. Within 2 hours, she has received four different diagnoses from fellow Facebookers: Dairy allergy, thrush, lip and tongue tie, and reflux. She’s been prescribed probiotics, gentian violet, nystatin, 4 different herbs, and a plastic […]

Birthing Hips, Shoe Size and Other Body Shapes and Lies

Women of all different shapes and skin tones with hands on their hips

The idea that some people have “birthing hips” or “childbearing hips” is one that is pervasive in our culture. There are songs about it, memes about it, and many, many badly written novels describe women’s bodies in terms of their perceived ability to give birth. The truth is, you can’t tell a darn thing about […]

The Fallacy of False Labor

Woman in early labor, with partner timing contractions

It is a very common theme: Women in my classes want to know “how do I know if it is false labor?” Posts on Social Media “Is this real labor? I’ll be embarrassed to go in if it is false labor!” Expectant neighbors or family members calling at all hours “should I go to the […]

Practical Preparation for Postpartum

Family preparing freezer meals for expecting family

Most expecting parents think about preparing things for the baby. They buy clothes, decorate a nursery, decide on a name, and dream about the life they hope to give their baby. Preparations for themselves are often overlooked, and can make the experience of bringing a baby into the home much harder than it needs to […]

Super Summer Savings!

Summer 2020 sale promo

This weekend only, my online childbirth education classes are on sale, $100 off. There are two versions, you can see the details below:

Wednesday Wrap Up July 2020

The Evidence on Pitocin During Third Stage Labor by Evidence Based Birth Urgent Maternal Warning Signs – a list of 11 things to never overlook or dismiss during or after pregnancy. Includes a free printable in both English and Spanish

27 Smartest Things Partners Say in the Labor Room

I’ll admit it. This is a VERY reactionary post. I saw this list: 27 Dumbest Things Dads Have Said in the Delivery Room and it bugged me. Because in the many births I’ve attended, the amazing, supportive, helpful and loving partners have far, far outweighed the fumbles. And I’m really tired of the “dad as […]

Wednesday Wrap Up June 2020

What a wild, wild year it’s turning out to be. Today’s links will be categorized by topic: COVID-19 related information Do Dark COVID-19 clouds lead to silver linings for birthing people? The CDC’s page on protecting yourself and your family if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Evidence Based Birth’s COVID-19 page. Make sure you scroll […]

Infant massage: Building connection through touch

Newborn baby having feet massaged

Building a strong bond and connection with your baby comes through a variety of different ways, and massaging your baby meets two of them: Skin to skin touch, and learning to respond to each other in a reciprocal way. If you’re interested in massaging your baby, here are some useful tips: Pick the right time […]