Doula Week, Birthdays and Mom

Yesterday I celebrated another birthday. This was a special one, I celebrated my first birthday as a doula and it just so happens that this week is World Doula Week.

As I reflected on the past year, all the accomplishments and all the times I was stretched and forced to grow, my mind kept drifting back to my mom.

I am the firstborn. I broke my parent’s into this gig. But it was my mom who taught me so many vital skills, many that I am using as a doula.

My mom raised us in a loving home where we felt confident to be ourselves. She taught us compassion, patience and forgiveness. She taught us to give the benefit of the doubt and look for the best in people. My mom is the most giving person I know. She thinks of others, always.

Yesterday wasn’t just my birthday, it was her birth day, too. And I couldn’t be more thankful for the mom I have.

Celebrating Life

Yesterday I walked down the long hospital connector and came to the place where I had checked in many times to watch the miracle of life begin outside the womb.  A walk that has become routine to me into a place of joy and happiness. To a place where a baby takes his first breathe, where families grow and celebrate a new addition.

We passed the door to the maternity unit and headed for the heart and vascular care unit instead. While we were going to celebrate a life of a special woman, we were also going to say goodbye, at least for our time here on Earth.

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I Did It! I Did It Naturally!

written by Kendra

I met Amy when I was in middle school and instantly connected with her. I came to spend a lot of time with Amy and her family over the years, babysitting the kids and just doing life with them. Her family became an extension of my own.

When Amy started taking her doula classes, I remember mentioning to her that whenever I got pregnant with our first baby, I’d want her to be my doula. Not long after that, we found out we were expecting! Excitedly, I let Amy know and she agreed to join our adventure into parenthood and help me through the birth process. I knew I wanted to try and have the baby naturally, but didn’t have a lot of information or knowledge about it.

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Lotus | A Small Warrior

Meet Lotus.

An itty bitty baby that made her entrance in to the world at 34 weeks. I had the amazing honor and privilege to photograph this small bundle several times throughout her NICU stay. It started when Amy (a birth doula, friend and superwomen) asked me to go to the hospital with her for Lotus’s birth.

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7 Health Reasons To Be Skin-To-Skin With Your Baby After Birth

Written by Heather

. . to her chest, whispering soothing words over his tiny, 2lb 3 oz frame. Doctors told her that he had died, but something unexpected happened as she prepared to say goodbye. About 5 minutes after Kate drew him close and began talking to him, Jaime moved.

Her doctor told her it was a reflex, and that Jaime was gone. Kate and her husband continued to talk to and stroke him, and a bit later he gasped for air. They sent for the doctor, who refused to come because he believed they were in denial. After two hours of skin-to-skin contact, Jaime opened his eyes.

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Originally posted April 9, 2014 on

You Just Had a Baby

Written by Ashlee Gadd

To myself, and anyone else who needs to read this:

You just had a baby.

I know your jeans don’t fit. It sucks. I know you tried on 17 pairs at Nordstrom Rack last week and almost cried in the dressing room. I know you went to Gap after that and tried on 14 other pairs and almost cried in that dressing room. I know the only thing you bought that day was a pair of sweatpants and a loose white T-shirt. It’s OK.

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Originally posted January 9, 2015 on