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…

The birth story of Thaddeus Gil

My home birth did not go as I planned, and still, it was marvelous! There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more, From… Read more…

A Story Worth Sharing…

If you have given birth before, you have a story to tell.  It might be a story that makes you sick to you stomach.  Or it may be a story that is all euphoria.  For most of us, there is probably a mix of emotions — ranging from relief to grief, helplessness to empowerment, resentment… Read more…

Bridging the Doula Rift: My Position

I’m not one to read much news on the screen, being a devoted Wall Street Journal subscriber (and by that, I refer to the old fashioned paper subscription that is literally tossed on to my driveway in the morning). Sometimes, however, an article not published by WSJ is relevant to my work. It gets shared… Read more…

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