Talking to your baby in labor (or anytime during pregnancy!) is a way to physically and emotionally connect to your little one and to the present moment, both for birthing persons and for co-parents or partners! While talking to your baby can be helpful in any circumstance, it may be especially helpful if you find yourself carrying extra anxiety or unable to birth with all the family/friend/doula support you had hoped as a result of the current pandemic. Wishing all the pregnant persons and their partners, family, and friends a labor and birth filled with peace, wholeness, connection, and joy.Read More →

The idea of asking for time alone in labor may seem odd, especially with current visitor restriction policies in hospitals around the world. However, perhaps asking for time alone (or time alone with a partner, friend, family member, or doula if permitted) may be even more important during a time of reduced support personnel. This is especially helpful when considering medical decisions. After having a conversation with your healthcare provider (see my previous video on using the BRAIN tool!), asking for time alone (or time alone with a support person) allows you to process your options in an environment free of pressure. Find out moreRead More →

I know this is a time of great uncertainty, which can make preparing for labor and birth an even more challenging and anxiety-provoking time than usual. To all you incredible and courageous parents-to-be out there, or anyone supporting a parent-to-be, I hope the two tools in this video can be a help to cope in the midst of this time. Coming at you raw and uncut today, with a cameo appearance from my daughter Cordelia!Read More →

Do you struggle to speak with your healthcare providers? It’s very common for people to go into “pleaser” mode when speaking with their doctors and midwives ~ saying yes to everything in order to avoid being perceived as a “problem patient”. In this video, learn a helpful tool to guide your conversations with nurses, doctors, and midwives so that you can get the well-rounded information you need to make the best decisions for you and your family!Read More →

Who cares about self-care? If you are supporting a loved one during their labor and birth, I hope YOU DO! In this week’s video, I give you tips on how to take care of yourself so that you can offer your loved one your very best during their labor!In this episode, learn: – what to pack in your labor bag (yes, in YOUR labor bag!) – great snacks for you during labor – the critical time for bathroom breaks – emotional awareness and strategies – and much more! Thanks for watching, and I wish you and your loved one the very best during their laborRead More →

Looking for a great book recommendation to help you support your loved one in their labor? Look no further! In this episode, I go into what makes “The Birth Partner” such a great read and how it will help you support your loved one with confidence!Read More →

Happy Valentine’s Day! And to help you shower your loved one with care and comfort during their birth, here’s a video tip on providing support IN BETWEEN contractions! These are super helpful ideas whether you are supporting your partner, child, friend, or sibling in their birth ~ as a doula, I support all kinds of love and relationships in the birthing room!Read More →