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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 received to bag groceries. The answer? 2 hours of training dedicated to that specific task.…

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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 occurred in a small, dark space, like in a closet or under a porch. A…

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

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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 style of decor for young adults who are just starting out. Our pretty oak table…

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Diversity of Birth

The ways that babies can enter the world are as diverse as the families who welcome them. Each birth is a sacred threshold moment in a family’s story, the moment when a baby and a whole new family unit is born. It takes determination, resilience, and the strength to do whatever the moment calls for…

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Older Siblings at the Birth – 7 Tips for Parents

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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 child(ren) in the birth without overwhelming them. Below are a few tips to prepare the…

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