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October 22, 2015

I don't know about you, but fall is - hands down - my favorite time of year.  But perhaps being pregnant has you feeling limited on what you can do to enjoy this time safely, responsibly, and of course while still having fun.  Here are NINE different ways to have a blast this autumn season as you count down the final days to baby season:

 

*Note: Listed businesses and places are specific to the area I serve, Springfield, Ohio; but th...

October 9, 2015

In my last post, you met my friend Julie.  I talked about my collaboration with Julie Peterson Photography and our newly added package, the Supportive Birth Story, which includes our combined services of doula support and professional birth photography.  I mentioned a little bit about who Julie is, and how incredible her work is... but perhaps you're still wondering specifically how a birth photographer can enhance your labor and delivery ex...

October 1, 2015

Springfield is a city that has in recent years been getting back up on its feet.  While it's still primarily filled with big chain stores and restaraunts, there is a rise in small independent business.  These locally-owned businesses are what makes cities unique, giving an area its own flavor to its people; an opportunity to experience something new that cannot be found anywhere else, while actually directly supporting the economy of the city.  T...

September 17, 2015

I’m sure you’ve seen it.  Kelley Johnson.  Her “Not Just a Nurse” monologue.  The comments from The View host Joy Behar.  The #NursesUnite social media responses.
(If you haven't seen it yet, you can
view Miss Colorado's monologue here)

Regardless of who said what, what was misunderstood or mispoke... one thing was made clear at the end of the day; something that we already knew to be fact, but something that we can never be reminded o...

August 11, 2015

This blog is intended to honor women who have chosen to breastfeed in a culture where, in many ways, it is still not fully normalized or celebrated.  Please do not mistaken this to mean that those who do not or cannot breastfeed are less honorable.  Every journey matters.  VOICE Birth Options strongly feels that it isn't what you feed your baby that makes you a good parent; but that it is feeding your baby in the way that works best for...

July 16, 2015

Last week we discussed creating a birth plan.  And now that you have that all taken care of, you can just sit back and relax until that little bundle arrives and call it a day!

... Right?

 

Whether this baby is your first or your tenth, pregnancy and labor have a way of guzzling up so much of your attention and it's easy to forget to prepare for life after your little guy or gal is earthside... and soon enough, parents then realize (or remember) how...

July 9, 2015

Imagine this...

You're driving to a new place you've never been... you get your map/GPS out, figure out where you're starting point is and where you're going, and determine which route to your destination is the best for you.  You may decide beforehand who is going to ride with you and account for all probable pit stops to fill your gas tank, grab a bite to eat, take toilet breaks, or possibly even reserve lodging to rest. In other words: you ma...

June 17, 2015

Many who know me could tell you that from a very young age, I've always approached any "no-you-can't" situation as a challenge to prove myself otherwise.  As you can imagine, that doesn't always serve me well; but on the other hand, it often does.  When I was pregnant, I was less than thrilled to give certain things up and I was determined to live my life as normally as possible despite this special temporary season.  (Although, I can't say I was...

June 13, 2015

 My job as a doula has given me the great privilege of not only seeing babies born - or even mothers - but fathers too.  And it is a beautiful thing to see these men welcome their children into the world.

 

Whether you're a father expecting to be hands-on or hands-off during your partner's labor, you have something amazing to offer that I could never bring to the table.  Going off of a quote from Jennifer Valencia, I have an intimate knowledge of b...

April 22, 2015

As per my doula birth philosophy, you now know that I support all and any kinds of births, including women who opt for pain medication or a cesarean.  When I tell people about what I do, I often hear, "why would a woman who wants that want a doula?"

 

In my own experience, this question is most often asked out of ignorance or curiosity, and not judgment, but it deserves an answer either way.  And the women who choose a medicated or surgical birth,...

April 3, 2015

 

 

Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Now you're searching for prenatal, birth, and perhaps also postpartum support.  You may have started digging around on Google to find out how to interview a doula.  And many (but not the one I linked to!) will tell you to ask a doula this:

They might tell you to ask this question so that you can be sure that this doula's beliefs about birth are the same as yours -- or at least similar.  And that sounds li...

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