Resolutions

Typing on the brink of a new year, I am reminded of transition and change. Tomorrow will, in many ways, just be another 24 hours, like today.  Nevertheless, the mark of our earth having orbited the sun for another round is an opportune time for reflecting and resolving to grow. As my clients, you can… Read more…

Birth as a Spiritual Journey

Sometimes I am asked by an expecting couple,“What is your birth philosophy?”  I’ll confess, it has evolved.  Influenced by each birth I’ve attended, each mother I’ve worked with, and each continuing education opportunity I’ve learned from, plus nearly 7 years of mothering, I feel confident, now, that my “philosophy of birth” has lasting power. Previously, I… Read more…

Motherhood, Careers, and the Faith Journey

In my morning devotional today, I was reminded of the story of a certain Jew named Saul.  He was rounding up followers of Christ and throwing them in prison for sentencing, when he suddenly was blinded by a strong light and heard the voice of Jesus speaking to him.  This turning point in his life… Read more…

Selah & Self Care

I gave birth to my third child 8 weeks and 2 day ago, and am penning this now with his little body nestled against my own. My mind has been flooded with thoughts ever since he was born, and I have felt eager to share them all on this blog.  This season has given me… Read more…

Drop Everything and Read!

By Christine Frackelton For this doula, bookworm, and former school librarian, we are in an exciting week: National Library Week!  Of course, all 52 weeks are suitable for you to go to your local library and check out informative and empowering titles about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, but if you’ve been putting off your parenting texts, National Library… Read more…

Local Resources for Endometriosis Sufferers

By Christine Frackelton Endometriosis, a chronic, painful disorder of the female reproductive system, may seem like a topic not in the realm of doula work.  Doulas, after all, are generally attendants at childbirth and servants to the postpartum mother.  Why then, is it worthwhile for me to consider endometriosis? An estimated 6% – 20% of childbearing-age American… Read more…

The Intersection of Faith & Science

By Christine Frackelton Replete with joy!  That’s how I feel right now. I feel bursting with peace and satisfaction, not only this Easter Sunday, but also when I am working with my clients. Since the spring equinox on March 22nd, I and others in the global birth community have been celebrating World Doula Week, an annual event that… Read more…

Do “you get what you pay for?”

By Christine Frackelton If you are in the market for a birth doula, you may have discovered something strangely inconsistent: prices.  You may have heard of a doula who is voluntarily attending births for free.  Another doula is charging $1000.  What can the expectant parents make of this discrepancy?  “You get what you pay for…” some person comments.… Read more…

Happy, Humbling Birthday!

It’s time to celebrate, reminisce, learn, grow, and look ahead to the second year of Tremendoulas! By Christine Frackelton It’s official.  365 days ago, I incorporated Tremendoulas LLC!  This milestone will definitely be celebrated with something magical.  Probably a nap. I know, this makes me sound weary, like, maybe not the type of person you would… Read more…

Mommy Hypocrite

This is the story of how I learned to scale back By Christine Frackelton Parenthood has funny ways of humbling us.  After popping a dish of homemade brownie batter in the oven this evening, I offered my sweet 5 year old and 3 year old the mixing bowl, spatula, and whisk to lick clean, throwing in… Read more…

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