Let me make something abundantly clear.
Your strength doesn't come from how you birth your baby.
Let me make something abundantly clear.
I'm going to be honest with you. I am concerned about the focus of childbirth classes. Even mine. We tend to discuss what parents are most concerned about: pain and when to go to the hospital. And I get that. Those are important and valid worries to address. In class, we spend a lot of time on these things because that is what parents came to class wanting to learn.
However, I'm very concerned about what most parents didn't come to class for; what they're not worried about which tends to define their birth experience much more than the pain of childbirth or when they get to the hospital.However, I'm very concerned about what most parents didn't come to class for; what they're not worried about which tends to define their birth experience much more than the pain of childbirth or when they get to the hospital.Read More
This year was big for Birthing Confidence. I left my full time job to pursue birth work full time and started taking doula clients. I also began teaching a lot more classes at some of the area hospitals. I started taking doula clients in September and as I wrap up the year, I feel so blessed to have witnessed 9 births just in these past four months.Read More
It has been an amazing year. A year of growth and new adventures. As a thank you, I want to give back to all who have supported me or will be supporting me this coming year.Read More
I have the best job in the whole world. I get to watch miracles happen.Read More
There are some amazing resources out there for expecting and new parents of multiples. I pulled together 35 resources that other parents of multiples shared with me as well as some that are near and dear to my heart.Read More
An important reminder about staying hydrated!Read More
A friend once told me that life is just a series of changing seasons. They are seasons that come with growth, age, and experience. Some are met with dread, and others anticipation and delight. Kind of like the four seasons we are lucky to have here in Virginia.Read More
Partners can have a lot of influence on how your labor progresses. It is important for your partner to understand their role and how they can help.Read More
I will never forget how I felt when the doctor told me I could go home from the hospital after the girls were born. I felt fear. I wanted to stay in the safety of the nurses and doctors as long as I could…Read More
It is so important for your partner to bond with your baby. We tend to go straight to feeding as the way to do this, primarily because, in American culture, feeding and food is a huge part of how we connect with one another. But there are so many other ways that your partner can bond with their baby so that it doesn't sacrifice early breastfeeding.Read More
Having a baby is EXPENSIVE. On average a couple spends $30,000 in the first year.
So finding deals, freebies, discounts for baby products and services is an absolutely necessary activity. I wanted to share 5 deals that I think all expecting parents should take advantage of.Read More
Contrary to popular belief, those who teach childbirth education classes aren't totally anti-epidural. In fact, I am super grateful that epidurals and spinal blocks exist. Here are my top 3 reasons I think getting an epidural might be the right thing to do...
What is a postpartum doula, when do you need one, and what will they do for you?Read More
Watch our latest lunch time video on pregnancy nutrition.Read More
I know in the first trimester your tired, nauseous, but also excited. You just want to get into the doctor, make sure everyone is healthy, and get that ultrasound. In the beginning, everything seems pretty routine, and a lot of conversation and decision-making doesn't seem necessary.
But as you enter your third trimester, things are going to start getting real.Read More
This past weekend I was honored to represent Lamaze International at the March for Moms event in Washington, DC. The mission of the March of Moms is to address the means that will improve the health of childbearing families.
It was an emotional weekend full of birth stories and postpartum stories. It was a weekend that exposed the ugliness of our maternal health care system... or lack thereof.
But it was also an inspiring weekend where women and men from all walks of life came together to demand more. To demand better. I felt blessed to be a part of it.
The message I came with was simple. Educating ourselves is something we all can do. Yes, the system is broken and we have a long way to go, but childbirth education is something we don't have to rely on Washington for.
Here is what I said...Read More
Before the twins were born I had so many rules.
"The babies will sleep in our room for six months"
"They will exclusively breastfeed"
"This one spot is where we will change their diapers"
And then, they were here...
What can you do to make your labor more productive and possibly go faster? A lot of it has nothing to do with you...Read More