February 7, 2017
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How to Connect With Your Partner When You Have a Newborn

Everything is different with a baby, and you’ve got a lot on your mind. Let me add one more thing: connect with your partner. I believe […]
February 1, 2017
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Postpartum Planning: Set Yourself Up for Success With Your New Baby

In the DMV area, people have gotten used to the idea of a birth doula. They hire me as an expert to help them prepare for […]
January 30, 2017
Happy Couple Preparing for Birth

Life Partners Make a Great Birth Partner

I hear a consistent desire when I ask why a client is looking for a doula: I want my partner to be involved in this birth. It makes […]
January 28, 2017
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Getting Out With Your New Baby

After bringing home their new baby, you might want to bask in the joy of their little one. Everything is new and taking time to learn […]
January 27, 2017
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Olivia Pope Needs a Doula

Olivia Pope needs a doula. Kerry Washington has had her baby, and so goodness Scandal is back! But follow this metaphor with me: Shonda Rhimes is […]
January 21, 2017
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Absent for the Women’s March, Here for the Movement

It’s been an intense weekend. My newsfeed is full of pictures of women at their local Women’s March. And here in DC folks of various political parties […]
January 18, 2017
Pregnant Woman on the Phone Interviewing Your Doula

As Your Doula, I Support Epidurals

I’m a labor doula. And I think that epidurals are invaluable. These sentences together surprise many people. But, I want to remind them of what my […]
January 13, 2017
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The Magic of a Shower in Labor

Showers are amazing. If I’m having a bad day, where things are slow to start, or when I just need a reset, I find that taking […]
January 9, 2017
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What Tracee Ellis Ross Teaches Us About Potential

Last night, Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe. She was the first black actress to win Best Actress in a Comedy since 1983, when Debbie […]
January 6, 2017
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Postpartum Super Powers

Did you know that becoming a new mom comes with super powers? No really! Some of them are less great and involve soaking through your shirt […]
January 3, 2017
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Birth is a Leap of Faith

I’m someone who loves the beginnings of things. The possibilities of a new page, a fresh start, and a new goal all appeal to me. And […]
December 30, 2016
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Letter To My Mom Friends

As we’re growing up, most of us make friends by convenience. Children become besties because they live on the same apartment floor, having next door cubbies […]
December 29, 2016
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Doulas are Trendy. That’s a GOOD thing!

Having a doula is a growing trend among mothers in the United States. According to Childbirth Connection, the use of doulas doubled from 2005 to 2012. […]
December 28, 2016
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Thinking About Parental Leave

Good news, DC (non city or federal) workers! On December 20th, DC Council voted to increase paid parental leave, giving DC one of those most generous […]
December 23, 2016
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All I Want for Christmas Is to Chill

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I like how decorative it is. The ornaments and lights and tinsel, and the way that things seen as gawdy all […]
December 19, 2016
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Answering Your Questions on Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation is becoming increasingly popular among women after they give birth. As a Postpartum Doula and Postpartum Placenta Specialist, I’ve been getting a few questions regularly, […]
December 17, 2016
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Having a Beautiful Birth

I spend a lot of time thinking about and talking about the beautiful parts of birth. I think that the human body is amazing, and birth […]
December 12, 2016
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So You’re Pregnant. Now what?

The hardest thing about pregnancies, especially the first ones, is they’re so unpredictable. You’re doing this whole new thing, and the stakes feel so high. And […]
December 8, 2016
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Pampering After Baby? Postpartum Doulas Do That.

I’m really good at growing my nails out. Maybe it’s my diet, or the fact that I’ve never had a job that requires working with my […]
December 5, 2016
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My Birth Story Doesn’t Matter

Since becoming a doula, the nature of networking has changed for me. Instead of figuring out who I know, folks now are trying to figure out […]
November 30, 2016
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Five Ways a Postpartum Doula Can Help You Sleep

As a postpartum doula, my job is to ensure that you are adjusting to life after birth, and your baby is adjusting to this brave new […]
November 24, 2016
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Doulaing You Through The Holidays

Today is Thanksgiving, the start of what many call the most wonderful time of the year! Yay! And if you’re pregnant, or have a new baby, […]
September 10, 2016
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Holding Space is My Only Birth Philosophy

When asked what exactly I do as a doula, one of the phrases I immediately reach for is that I “hold space.” But I hesitate to […]
September 9, 2016
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You Can Have Doula Support

People have a lot of ideas about the kind of folks who have a doula (if they’ve ever heard of my profession!) They tend to think […]
September 9, 2016
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On Placentas

Afterbirth. Ew no I don’t want to see it! Root of Life. An amazing example of the miracle of our bodies. You mean something else has […]
September 9, 2016
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On Joining ProDoula and the #LipstickClub

Since I was a teenager, when I’m having a bad day, my mother has encouraged me to fix myself up and put on some lipstick. She […]
September 9, 2016
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I Won’t Empower You

Some of you read the the title of this post, and now you’re thinking that perhaps I’m not a very good doula. You thought my job […]
March 23, 2017
Pregnant Woman on the Phone Interviewing Your Doula

A Guide to Interviewing Your Doula

It’s World World Doula Week! And now that you know why you might want a doula, you have to find the right one. So you’ll probably […]
March 22, 2017
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Why Would I Hire a Doula?

It’s World Doula Week! To celebrate, I’ll be publishing posts on some basics about doula support, and things you may want to know. Today, I’ll start […]
February 13, 2017
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Sometimes the Last Days of Pregnancy Get Old

Honest moment? The last days of pregnancy don’t seem that fun to me. I don’t think I’m supposed to say that, as a doula, but just […]
January 30, 2017
Happy Couple Preparing for Birth

Life Partners Make a Great Birth Partner

I hear a consistent desire when I ask why a client is looking for a doula: I want my partner to be involved in this birth. It makes […]