Home Birth Prep List

Living room set up for a home birth

When you’re having a home birth, you might think there’s nothing to pack! But….there are things you can organize and buy to make for a better experience. Many midwives will give you a list of the supplies they recommend, so I’m not going to try and cover those, but I do want to address some […]

100% Clean Milk and other lies we judge ourselves by

Splash of milk on black background

I recently saw a few posts on social media that I’ve paraphrased here: I had to have emergency gallbladder surgery this week, at 10 days postpartum. I have declined all medication even after told low doses are okay just to make sure my supply stays strong and so my baby gets 100% clean milk. Because […]

Looking for the ONE best?

Hands holding a tablet with the words The Quest for the Best

We ALL want the best for our babies! That’s a good desire that can serve you well – or become a hard burden. Wanting the best for your babies means I get a lot of questions like these: What’s the BEST bottle? Who is the BEST doctor? Where is the BEST place to birth? When […]

There’s no such thing as a “natural induction”

jars of herbs in a row on a shelf

It’s tempting to just “get this show on the road” and have the baby already! Especially if you’re suffering from S.T.O.P. Syndrome (Sick and Tired Of Pregnancy). Or maybe your care provider is threatening an induction or repeat cesarean if you don’t have the baby by a certain date. So you might think that a […]

Missing Chromosome disorders

Chromosomes of Turner Syndrome

Most disorders of missing chromosomes involve only partially missing chromosomes, with one exception: Turner syndrome happens when the baby girl has a single X chromosome instead of a pair of X chromosomes. People with Turner syndrome tend to be short, have normal intelligence, and may need hormone therapy to induce puberty. Many need fertility help […]

How to Hire Your Dream Doula in Five Easy Steps

Couple interviewing a potential doula

Step 1 Define what you want Think about what services you want. Are you looking for someone to help you with your birth? Or for someone to do postpartum support? Or both? Would you want the same person to do both services, or would you be open to both? Also think about your general philosophy. […]

What is Trisomy?

Normally humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. These chromosomes contain the DNA that are the “instructions” for how to build our bodies. The egg and the sperm each bring one for each pair – at least most of the time! Every now and then when the egg or sperm is forming something doesn’t go quite […]

Laborade Recipe Generator

There’s no right or wrong way to make laborade! Use this interactive exercise to create and print a recipe that’s perfect for you! If you like this kind of activity, my online childbirth classes use this type of interaction to teach all about labor and birth!

What do contractions feel like?

Woman experiencing a contraction

It’s probably the most common question I get in my classes. And it’s also the hardest to answer! Everyone’s perception and experience of contractions is different, so I can’t tell you exactly what yours might feel like. What I can do is share a variety of others’ experiences and perspectives with you to give you […]

What to do when your water breaks – and you’re not contracting yet!

Pregnant woman on the phone saying my water broke but I'm not in labor

It doesn’t happen often STAT HERE, but occasionally the amniotic sac breaks and the water releases before labor begins. It can really throw people for a loop, because that’s not how you expect labor to start. So let’s talk about your options in that situation. NOTE: This discussion applies to this situation *at term* – […]

Schedules v Routines for newborns

Schedules are pretty controversial for newborn babies. And I agree, if we are talking about a rigid schedule that a parent sat down and created (or paid a stranger to create!) that may or may not work out for the baby. The problem with schedules is that a newborn has no idea what schedule was […]

5 Articles to Read if You are Past Your Due Date

It can be really hard to go past your due date! You may face decisions and judgement and emotions you didn’t expect. Here are some of my favorite reads for people who are past their due date: Are you really “overdue”? If you need to feel connected to your body and your baby If you […]