How to Hack your Taxes & Save on your Birth Doula, Acupuncture, & Postpartum Body Recomp

Yesterday was tax day, the pinnacle of the season in which our CPAs need an extra hug and a mug of coffee. It’s also a time when many of us look back over the management of our personal finances and examine how we might do better in the future. This is especially true this 2019… Read more…

Accrue Power Today; Parent in Satisfaction Tomorrow

Imagine this scenario: you’re a tax accountant, and your boss gives you a call one day. He gravely tells you that he has bad news. “Oh no,” you reply. You really like your company, and know they have valued you and your work. You wonder what could be wrong. “First of all, I’m retiring.” That’s… Read more…

A Tale of Two Postpartums

Note: This blog article was originally published by me on PlacentaPalmBeach.com on July 31, 2015.  Since then, I have redirected much of my energy into pre-med and lactation studies, and therefore limit my placenta encapsulation services today exclusively to doula clients. The following fictional stories are based off of true stories I have heard from many new families.  These stories are not intended to categorize women according to their experiences; each family has their unique postpartum experience.  For the sake of brevity, these stories… Read more…

Is Struggling the Whole Point?

I’ve been struggling with how I identify myself as a doula, and I’ll tell you why. Around the time that I embarked on this career 4 years ago, a couple new branches of doula work were born. One was the full spectrum doula, who wanted to include abortion support in their services, and the other… Read more…

What OED’s 2018 Word of the Year Means for Young Families

Picture this: you’ve been enduring, for the greater part of 24 hours, the rollercoaster of labor, and your precious new offspring is emerging. This is the moment you’ve waited nearly 10 months for! There’s a ring of fire, and with a final push, he’s here! He takes in his first breath of air, and the… Read more…

A Doula’s Thoughts on Brave New World

It’s mid-January, and suitcases from our holiday travels slouch, still packed, in each of our bedrooms. We also have not finished packing up Christmas decor, nor have we finished the komodo dragon project that my oldest child is presenting in school this Wednesday. So, why I ever thought I had time to read a book… Read more…

2018 wrap up & DONA Summit

2018 was a busy year for this doula.  Not so much in the attendance of births, which I decided to hold off on for another year while my youngest babe is still little and needy, but it was a major year in my personal development and learning.   I studied organic chemistry 2, human anatomy… Read more…

Pulling Away From the Pixels

On this weekend’s edition of the Wall Street Journal was a cover piece about a captivating video game, Fortnite.  As the mother of a nearly 9 year old boy whose peers are obsessed with game, the article certainly caught my eye.  I became my children’s enemy earlier this year when I refused them the chance… Read more…

What I Learned Shadowing this Obstetrician

Romans 12.2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This past August, I was fortunate to spend a week shadowing a true luminary in our modern birth… Read more…

How Retrosynthetic Analysis is Making Me a Better Mom (I Think)

Somewhere at sometime, I was taught to write with confidence if I am aiming to sell a point. I’m obviously failing that lesson, with regard to my subject line for this piece.  The only thing I can say with full confidence today is that I’m thinking, and better still, I’m trying to be honest with… Read more…

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