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Have Kids, Will Travel: 5 Tips for Parents

We will be gathering up our kids and traveling across the country for our third summer in a row this year. We have been blessed to make summertime trips a tradition in recent years, and have experienced a lot of […]

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Between Two Worlds…Savoring My Daughter’s Childhood

My oldest child is 8 years young, although she seems to be growing up more and more each day. Watching PG movies, using special face wash, and taking charge of styling her own hair. I feel pride at the amazing […]

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4 Ways to Know Your Provider is a Good Fit

Pregnancy and birth are full of choices to make from what color to paint the baby’s room to baby names to where give birth to what kind of car seat to buy. Here are a few simple tips to help […]

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Non-Inclusive Birth Preparation is Traumatizing Women

Many people believe that medical interventions cause birth trauma. More often than not, that is incorrect. What causes trauma is expectations…expectations about the pain, how a mother is supported, how she responds to the intensity of labor, and about her […]

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San Antonio: Why I Love Doing Doula Work in the Alamo City

San Antonio: the land of tacos and Rodeo. The land of tacos and the Spurs. The land of tacos and the Riverwalk. Also, the land of tacos. While I didn’t grow up in San Antonio, this city has become my […]

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Drum Circles: Why We Come Together to Drum Together

This week I had the joy of leading a Drum Circle at San Antonio Nurse Midwife Nikki McIver-Brown’s cozy office in Bracken Village. Not only does Nikki provide pregnancy, home birth, and well-woman care, she also fosters a strong sense […]

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Parenting: Harder Than Bagging Groceries

This week a group of San Antonio Doulas met with parenting coach Laine Lipsky to learn about her in-person and online classes for parents. She told us a story about talking to a grocery bagger at HEB, asking how much training they […]

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Let’s Talk About this Giraffe Birth

I often ask parents in my Birthing from Within classes if they’ve ever seen a cat or dog give birth. Perhaps one or two people in the group will report that they have seen a mammal birth. Usually the birth […]

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Exercising with a Baby: The Internal Dialogue of a Mom Getting Back in the Saddle

Ok, here we go! Step step step oh whyyyyyyyy didn’t I stretch? Everything hurts. Maybe I should just go home. No, keep going…it will be ok. Hey, look at me. I’m doing it! I’m jogging! Is the front wheel locked? […]

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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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