• Perineal Massage Self-care
    Pelvic Health,  Postpartum,  Pregnancy

    Perineal Massage: The Ultimate Self-Care for Moms

    When’s the last time you gave your vagina a good massage? I know what you’re thinking. No, this is not a sex thing, but it certainly can be if you’d like! Perineal (Pelvic) massage is something everyone with a pelvis should know how to do even more so if that pelvis is biologically female. Pelvic massage is useful for making birth easier. Having a soft, relaxed pelvis also helps babies to pass more easily through the pelvic canal. Massage is also great for relieving pain especially during penetrative sex. When we set the goal of improving sex, we can move past eliminating pain and aim for enhancing pleasure. Perineal massage…

  • Positive birth stories
    Pregnancy

    5 Tips to Become One of Those Positive Birth Stories

    Positive birth stories are trendy in the birthing world. One of the biggest pieces of advice pregnant first-time moms get is to read positive birth stories. Women are told these stories will help change their view on birth from one warped by TV to one grounded in reality. The problem with these stories is that they typically focus on one type of birth. Most often, a home birth or a low intervention birth. There’s nothing wrong with these birth stories, but what if that’s not the type of birth you want? What if that’s not the type of birth you get? How do you have a positive birth experience even…

  • 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!