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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…

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…

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