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August 5, 2019

What is a TENS unit?

A TENS is another tool we offer to help distract laboring women from labor pain without the use of pain meds. The TENS unit consists of two sets of lead wires that connect to four electrode pads. When turned on, the TENS emits mild bursts of electri...

March 16, 2019

After undergoing fertility treatments to get pregnant with Violet, we were overjoyed to conceive this baby naturally in just half the time! What a blessing this pregnancy was from the very start. My pregnancy was not without some very real challenges, but this baby was...

April 13, 2018

One concern that we hear from nearly all of our clients is their fear of  tearing or receiving an episiotomy during birth. A vaginal tear is a spontaneous laceration to the perineum that occurs when the baby is coming out the vagina. An episiotomy is when the care prov...

December 21, 2017

The Christmas season is such a magical time of year and adding a new baby to your family is sure to bring you even more holiday joy. However, this time of year is commonly very busy and we know there are already a lot of "extras" that creep onto the calendar - add in a...

September 11, 2017

As a follow up to our previous post on products for pregnancy, we are excited to share with you our favorite postpartum products! While there tends to be a lot of focus in our society on pregnancy and birth, we highly recommend taking some time to think through how you...

March 20, 2017

Violet’s St. Patrick’s Day Homebirth - 3/17/16

After nearly three years of infertility and heartache, I was overjoyed to finally be pregnant after countless rounds of meds and 4 IUIs. I was horribly sick until my third trimester and then pretty uncomfortable, but despit...

February 11, 2017

Growing a human in your very body is a pretty massive amount of work that usually results in some pretty massive changes to your body. While it's true that some women feel extra beautiful while pregnant, that's not the case for everyone. If you are feeling huge, exhaus...

February 3, 2017

"If I have a midwife, do I really need a doula?"

"My nurse is going to be there the whole time, right?"

"Will a doula take over my partner's job?"

These questions, along with others, are ones that commonly come up during our consultations with prospective clients and lead...

January 18, 2017

Although I initially intended to have a career as a nurse, logistical roadblocks compelled me to reconsider the practicality of that choice. My hope had always been to care for women and/or children, so when I heard about the work of doulas, I was intrigued. After my D...

January 7, 2017

We know how life altering it is to bring a new baby home. Suddenly 100% of your attention is on this tiny, demanding human that has joined your family. Immediately upon welcoming a new baby, parents typically do feel pretty connected as they bask in the new little life...

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