• Doula providing services to new mother and father
    Pregnancy

    Empowered Birth: Measure your Own Labor Progress.

    Want to have an empowered birth? Nothing is more empowering than learning how to measure your own progress during your labor. Why wait for someone else to tell you what’s going on with your body? So many moms have expressed heartbreak after laboring for hours and having their progress checked only to find they’ve barely dilated. Often they feel disappointed in themselves and sometimes disappointed that they came to the birth center or hospital too soon. Other moms wait too long and end up at 8cm dilation in triage hoping they make it to the birthing room. *Medical Disclaimer: This article is meant to provide general information. It should not…

  • Postpartum Exercise
    Postpartum

    Simple Exercises to Try in the First Week Postpartum

    How many times have you heard or said the phrase “get my body back” in reference to postpartum exercise? It’s easy to buy into this mentality. We see it all over the media. It’s trendy to celebrate women who can drop weight rapidly and get six-pack abs after having a baby. Why do we do this? It seems unrealistic and unkind to place that kind of pressure on new mothers. The early postpartum period is a time we need to nourish new parents. It’s a time of great adjustment and a time for healing. Let’s let go of the idea that we ever lost our body in the first place.…

  • Pelvic Health,  Postpartum

    Postpartum Sex Pain: What No One Tells You!

    According to some studies, as many as 64-76% of women experience sexual dysfunctions within the first 12 months postpartum.Women have reported issues with "leaking urine during intercourse, bulging into the vagina, dryness, and dyspareunia" (pain during sex) during the postpartum period. So why aren't we talking about this?

  • Pelvic Health: Kegel Exercise Cartoon
    Pelvic Health

    3 Secrets to Performing Kegel Exercises Properly

    Have you ever expressed your worries about the state of your vagina after having a baby? Did you get the advice, "Just do some Kegels?" Did this leave you wondering how the heck you even do a Kegel? In this article, I'll share some tips and tricks with you to help you feel confident and perform them correctly.

  • Birth Story Baby boy in NICU
    Birth Stories

    Birth Story- “Swollen, Unprepared, and Thankful”

    Birth Story: My first birth was extremely difficult. At 34 weeks, I was put on bed rest. At 36 weeks, I was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and induced. When my son was born he did not cry. This scared me to death! It took the nurses a minute to get him to breathe. He spent 8 days in the hospital after he was born. Today, he is a healthy 6 year-old!

  • Labor exhaustion pregnant woman
    Pregnancy

    Labor Exhaustion: The Birthing Mom’s True Enemy

    When most people think about coping with labor, their focus is on pain management. Less attention if any is given to preventing exhaustion. According to the Mayo Clinic. The average length of Early Labor for first-time moms varies from hours to days. Taking steps to conserve energy is crucial to meeting birth goals and improving birth outcomes.