Can you guess what the most common complication is when having a child? Hemorrhoids? Nope. Elevated Blood Pressure? Not it, either. Blood loss? Could be likely, but no. When having a baby, the most common complication is a PMAD. If that’s a new acronym for you, it stands for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. Google … More The #1 Pregnancy and Birth Complication
Years ago, I realized that I was spending nearly one-quarter to one-third of my time in prenatals discussing postpartum plans. I had families–in plural–tell me of the pressure they felt after their firstborn to “bounce back” and “have it all together” within a week of giving birth. I would say things like “if the body … More I’m ready!
I may be dating myself a wee bit here, but one of the movies I got a huge kick out of when I was a teen was “Clueless.” There’s this one scene where Cher (the main character who really has no idea what she’s doing) is trying to “improve” her new friend Tai, and sets … More A New Word For The Day (Or Year)
My husband and I recently had the chance to escape to Whidbey Island for a day, and while we enjoyed the beauty of the beaches just for their own sake, in my head everything relates right back to birth. I wanted to share a few of my musings and pictures with you. … More Things I learned on Whidbey…
While I love my dog, my most faithful companion is, honestly, my birth bag, and I want to show it off a little bit. This gorgeous thing was actually crafted for me by my mother. She is an incredible seamstress who has taken up bag creation in the past few years, and she knew that … More A Doula’s Faithful Companion
As a doula, I kind of get to exist with my feet in all the birthing worlds….I see how things work in home births, at birth centers, and in hospitals. I’ve had times where I was beyond glad that medical intervention was available, and times when I was grateful for calm midwives who let a … More “Why Not Home?”
I’ve been meaning to drop in to one of the local La Leche League meetings for some time, and last Wednesday, my schedule finally opened up to go to the Snohomish library and meet a few of these amazing women. I’m so glad I did; I’ve known about La Leche for nearly twenty years, but that … More Local Spotlight: La Leche League
During prenatals, I often discuss with my families some of the things they may want to have in their bags when it comes close to baby-time. As we talk, those lists become very personal and occasionally rather lengthy. In addition, there are so many lists online, as well as the homebirth kit supply lists that … More Top Three Birthing Must-haves
Sometimes, I use certain phrases during a birth that could be easily misunderstood by a random person… … More The Doula Said WHAT?
The Better Baby Class is the most comprehensive and evidence-based class available for parents as they prepare to actually care for their sweet newborns…and wonderful new mothers. In this four-hour course, parents will learn about: Embracing the final days of pregnancy Plans for when you’re in labor What is the “fourth trimester” The “Golden Hour” … More The Better Baby Class; Schedule and Registration