The benefits of "Negative space"

Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a pretty positive person so with a title like that, I've got a little bit of explaining to do. When I use the term "negative space", I'm not referring to 'the opposite of good' but rather 'the absence of'. Let me explain. When I was...

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What Doulas "Do"

So for this post, I'm going to take you back to the basics. If you are reading this blog, chances are that you know that I am a doula but you may be asking, "ok great. now what the heck is that and what does a doula really do?" If you are indeed asking those...

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Ups and Downs

Today, well actually the last 3 days, has been a lot of ups and downs and firsts for me. This morning at 3:59 I witnessed my first c-section which included another first for me, being in an OR for the first time. That is a first that I hope to never repeat. It was also my first time at a new hospital, my first time with a single mom, and my first time working with another doula.

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Ups and Downs and a day of firsts

Today, well actually the last 3 days, has been a lot of ups and downs and firsts for me. This morning at 3:59 I witnessed my first c-section which included another first for me, being in an OR for the first time. That is a first that I hope to never repeat. It was...

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Appreciation

Appreciation is one of those words in the English language that can be very non-descript and abstract. I've come to realize that the spoken word is so limiting and appreciation defiantly falls into that category. So, what does appreciation mean. The dictionary defines...

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The Tale of 2 Births

At the beginning of 2011, I set a goal of doing 1 doula birth per month. Today is February 14 (Happy Valentine’s Day by the way) and I've already had 2 births. They were both very similar and yet SO different. 2 moms with about the same level of partner support,...

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US Stats on C-sections

I recently attended a meeting about a proposed birthing center here in the Atlanta area. It was a great meeting and I think having a birth center here would be amazing. In this meeting though, they threw out some pretty scary statistics and birth and c-sections rates...

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Parenting your Parents Attachment Style

Being a parent naturally causes us to look forward. We are constantly thinking of the life our children will have and trying to find ways to make it better. Sometimes we go to great lengths to insure (or so we think) that our kids will have more than we did. As part...

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The Lessons Parents Learn

When I became a parent almost 5 years ago, I never imagined that my children would teach me so much. I think most new parents look into their newborns eyes and contemplate all of the wonderful things they will teach their kids, the places they will go, and all of the...

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Birth is Natural, Normal, Healthy and Safe

I recently gave birth to my second baby and thanks to my Hypnobabies, this became my mantra during my pregnancy. At the time, I decided to accept this as true without really analyzing it but recently, it’s come to the forefront again. This western culture that we live...

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