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The Table: Reflections on Family

  When my husband and I got married 13 years ago my grandmother bought us a dining room table. It was one of the few new pieces of furniture in our apartment among the many hand-me-downs that compose the classic […]

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Older Siblings at the Birth – 7 Tips for Parents

For older siblings the birth of a new brother or sister can be a very exciting time! As mom’s belly swells and the due month draws near, moms and dads may start to wonder how they can include their older […]

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Why VBAC Moms Need Birthing from Within

How to Find Healing and Move Forward As a VBAC mom and a doula who has attended many VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean) and CBACS (cesarean birth after cesarean) as well, I have a unique perspective about what moms needs […]

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Rebozo – Tools of the Doula Trade

Oh, the magical rebozo. A doula’s right (and left) hand man; an extension of a birth partner’s arms; support, balance, and relief for a birthing mom. Entire trainings and certifications have been dedicated to this simple piece of cloth that […]

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Hand Fan – Tools of the Doula Trade

Why a hand fan? Labor is hard work! The uterus is a huge muscle that usually contracts for hours on end during labor and burn lots and lots of calories, like working out. That’s why it’s important for a mom […]

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Parenting and Social Media: The Facebook Facade

One of my favorite books, The Four Agreements lays out four guidelines for personal power: be impeccable with your word, always do your best, don’t make assumptions, and don’t take things personally. As this generation of moms and dads crosses […]

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“You’ll Never Sleep Again” and Other Terrible Things People Say to Pregnant Women

“Sleep now…you won’t sleep after the baby’s born.” Every pregnant mother has heard some iteration of this…an implication that pregnancy is a death march toward the permanent ending of all joy and rest. Statements about how life will never be […]

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When a Mom Loses It in Labor – 5 Tips for Partners

How to Help a Laboring Mom Who is Feeling DONE As parents prepare their minds and bodies for the upcoming birth of their child, many partners have the same thought cross their mind: What if she freaks out? While moms may […]

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Birth Ball – Tools of the Doula Trade

How a birth ball can help a laboring mom progress and find rest As parents prepare for the day of their baby’s arrival, they are presented with a plethora of options: hospital, birth center, home birth, midwife, OB/GYN, doula, natural […]

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