August 18, 2017

As you can read in the "about" section of our website, I have always been fascinated with the human body. As a child, I wanted to be an OBGYN so badly. I recall finding medical journals in my parent's basement and getting lost for hours looking at the diagrams and reading as much as I could muster to understand. I even sat stuffed animals at the dining table in order to teach them a thing or two about surgery or "boo boos" and definitely about bi...

July 20, 2016

Buying or putting a car seat on your baby registry is a no-brainer. And of course we all know that they come with user manuals, so installation and use should be easy-peasy, right? 

But according to Safe Kids Worldwide,

SEVENTY THREE PERCENT of car seats are not used or installed correctly.

So...clearly, most of us need some help!

Back in the day, before Aly knew anything about car seat safety.

I’ll admit: with our first baby, we, like most paren...

July 18, 2016

It's always special when I'm invited to photograph a birth and then photograph the babe as a newborn as well! It's simply incredible how quickly both momma and baby change. I was privileged to photograph sweet Hudson about two months after he was born. He has such a tender little spirit just like his momma!

July 12, 2016

In our last blog, we talked about knowing if a newborn was getting enough to eat, specifically breastfed babies.

In this blog, we will be addressing the same question for families who bottle feed, either with breastmilk or formula.  Some information will be similar to what is found in our previous blog, but there are several differences that should be noted here.  The information here is helpful both to parents who bottle feed full-time, and part-...

July 10, 2016

In all the planning during pregnancy - from healthy eating, prenatal appointments and tests, childbirth classes, hospital tours, and registries - many parents find themselves surprised at how little they planned for actual life with a baby in comparison.

It sort of sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?

One of the many things you may find yourself wondering is,

How much does my newborn need to eat?

This will vary slightly, depending on how old your baby is;...

July 6, 2016

Being that my husband is a night owl, I was still awake when Micah & Meredith gave me a call around midnight last Thursday. I was struck by the rhythm that Micah & Meredith quickly found during labor. Considering this was their second child, I wasn't surprised but they were strikingly in-sync with one another through each and every contraction. I continuously stated that Meredith was the most beautiful laboring woman I'd ever witnessed (and I sta...

May 31, 2016

The internet has been exploding with heated rage over the past weekend, from all sides and angles, over the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo, where the male lowland silverback gorilla, Harambe, was shot and killed to preserve the life of a 4-year-old boy who managed to get inside the exhibit.



Here's what we know to be absolutely true and where there seems to be agreement from everyone:

1) A 4-year-old boy managed to get past zoo barriers and...

May 12, 2016

For many people, "doula" is still a fairly unknown and undefined word.  For those who have heard it, the question "isn't that like a midwife?" is often asked.


Doulas and midwives do have many things in common, but there are lots of distinctions that make their jobs unique, too.  In both the Miami Valley and Greater Springfield areas, these birth professionals are growing in demand and popularity, so for those who aren't in the know quite yet...

May 4, 2016

This blog is not like my usual posts. In fact, as a general rule, I allow very few people access to really personal information.


But with Mother’s Day fast approaching, a whole mess of emotions has risen inside of me that I felt needed to be known. Feelings I know others will relate to, and find comfort in, knowing they’re not alone.


This blog is a raw and real part of my journey...



Last year, our church lovingly reached out to the man...

April 26, 2016

Putting together your birth team is an important part of planning for your baby's arrival.  If you haven't already added a doula to that team, you may have a few questions to determine if you should. Like,

"How will a doula help me?"

"Is it worth the investment?"


"Is it really necessary?"


At VOICE Birth Options, we are committed to helping you feel your best during birth.  The support we offer will look different for everyone we work with,...

April 15, 2016

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.

A lot of this month is dedicated to educating women on - you guessed it - Cesarean birth, including what the global, national, and local rates are; what to expect during and after birth; information about the risks and benefits of both VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean) and repeat C-section; and how to lower your chances of needing a Cesarean.  These are all excellent resources, and a lot of heart and soul goes...

February 16, 2016

Have you pictured it?  Your perfect birth?


Are you dreaming of gracefully bobbing in that birth pool? Looking forward to the sweet relief of that epidural?   Do you picture your partner close by as you're prepped for your planned Cesarean; or your baby being placed on your chest as soon as he's born?


Every woman will see a different picture of "perfect".  And every woman hopes that what is most important to her will be he...

January 30, 2016

Recently, I sat in for a conference call with ProDoula and Marion Welch, a cord blood educator from Cryo-Cell International, where we discussed the latest information on cord blood banking.  This practice, although it's been around for several years now, is still new to many; and since its benefits and popularity is increasing, we at VOICE Birth Options wanted to make some up-to-date facts available to you to decide what will be best for you and...

January 20, 2016

I'm the youngest of three girls in my family.  So naturally, I was last in line for a lot of things.  And while most of my life's milestones were celebrated, I'd be lying if I said it didn't sometimes feel like it was just "old news" or overlooked altogether.  I know my family loves me - there's no doubt in my mind about that - but in many ways, I've always been the "baby" of the family, even at 26.


Always a step behind.  Less...

January 4, 2016

It's becoming more and more popular.  Celebrities like Kim Kardashian are doing it.  Women from all walks of life are looking into it.  And even dads and partners are encouraging it.  You might have heard of it, and maybe you haven't.  But we're talking about: eating your placenta.


If you're first response is somewhere along the lines of "EWWW!", stick with me for a minute.  First things first: while eating your placenta in the way...

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