Things Nobody Told Me About Postpartum

By Nikki Shaheed | Oct 16, 2018

Bringing a new baby into your family brings many big adjustments – your body, your finances, and your sleep schedule all have to bend and flex to make space for…

Judging People for Getting an Epidural

By Nikki Shaheed | Sep 8, 2018

While there are many strong opinions about using pain medication in labor, the conversation about epidurals and birth often lacks nuance and context. Many pregnant parents feel like they must…

Motherhood

By Nikki Shaheed | May 13, 2018

It’s the pride of watching your children try something new. It’s the ache of feeling your children pull away from you as they get older. It’s the joy of receiving…

Exciting News! Nikki Becomes Co-Owner of Birthing from Within

By Nikki Shaheed | May 6, 2018

When I first attended a Birthing from Within training in 2012, I was blown away at the depth of the program, at how much it touched my soul. It gave…

How to Create Compassionate Birth Affirmations

By Nikki Shaheed | Mar 18, 2018

In preparation for birth, many pregnant parents like to create affirmations written out on paper or strung up in a style inspired by prayer flags to keep them encouraged and…

Preparing Soulfully for Parenthood: Part 2

By Nikki Shaheed | Oct 19, 2017

There is no shortage of information on pregnancy, birth, baby feeding, and childrearing in books, online, and from anecdotal accounts. Sometimes appearing in public while pregnant or caring for child(ren)…

Preparing Soulfully for Parenthood: Part 1

By Nikki Shaheed | Oct 12, 2017

There are many hilarious lists about how to prepare to be a parent, including, “If you plan on driving while being a parent, borrow three orangutans (ask for strong-willed ones)…

Between Two Worlds…Savoring My Daughter’s Childhood

By Nikki Shaheed | May 25, 2017

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…

Four Ways to Know Your Provider is a Good Fit

By Nikki Shaheed | May 3, 2017

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…

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Non-Inclusive Birth Preparation Causes Birth Trauma

By Nikki Shaheed | Apr 1, 2017

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 birthing parent is supported,…