Announcements

Covid-19 Update

Hello to all the lovely gestating moms out there! I am continuing to teach Better Birthing classes during the Coronavirus pandemic, via two options: Remote classes via video call are always an option for my students, and will continue to be offered. For local students, in-person classes in my home or yours are also still […]

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Birth Stories

Cody’s Birth Story

When I was first married, I was terrified of childbirth. After hearing all of the horror stories, and simply knowing what having a baby entailed, I questioned whether I’d ever want to go through that. I figured that Cory and I would just adopt and that would be that. In the years since then, I’ve […]

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Pregnancy

Considerations for Choosing A Midwife

There are two types of midwives available where I live in California. Direct entry midwives and certified nurse midwives, or CNMs. You may think that any midwife will offer care consistent with the midwifery model of care. Which is more conducive to a natural and enjoyable pregnancy and birth. Midwives are not all equal! Depending […]

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Early Parenting

Parenting Styles and Attachment Parenting

Parenting is, among other things, a journey. It’s a process of learning, practicing, messing up, forgiving, adjusting, and refining. There is not one right way to parent, though I think we can also admit that there are wrong ways (think abuse and neglect, as extreme examples). So how can we make sure that we’re doing […]

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Early Parenting

Breastfeeding as a Parenting Tool

I’m sure you’ve heard it before. There are so many benefits to breastfeeding! From health benefits for baby and mom, to optimal nutrition, to cancer risk reduction, breastfeeding is pretty amazing. It also helps babies’ brains develop better, and it’s convenient. Those are all great reasons to breastfeed. There’s another great reason, which is often […]

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Birth

The Cycle of Intervention

Hospital birth is the path of choice for a large portion of pregnant women and families. Hospitals can be pleasant places, with kind and caring staff, and OBGYNs can be respectful, wise, gentle, and comforting. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Often, doctors and hospital staff pressure pregnant women into making choices that are […]

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Birth, Early Parenting

Newborn Care Choices

Although parenting begins as soon as you discover you are pregnant, your parenting choices begin most dramatically at birth. In those first few hours and days, and the days and weeks leading up to them, you must make many decisions about your baby’s care. In hospital births, there are procedures that are often done routinely, which […]

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Pregnancy

Healthy Pregnancy Basics

Did you know that having a healthy pregnancy can affect your baby’s health, and the ease or difficulty of your birthing time? It’s true! Staying healthy during pregnancy encourages the best possible outcomes for birth and beyond. So what are the keys to a healthy pregnancy? Some of the most important factors are balanced nutrition, […]

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Pregnancy

Self-Kindness in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a special time for women and families. It’s a normal and natural process, but it also can feel mysterious, magical, and challenging. The changes in a woman’s body, and the development of a fully formed baby from two tiny cells is an incredible process. Gestating is many things, but “easy” is not a […]

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Birth, Pregnancy

Pressure Waves and the End of Pregnancy

Near the end of pregnancy, it can be hard to tell the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions (which I will refer to from now on as warm-up pressure waves), and true labor contractions (birthing waves). Pregnancy books, and pretty much anywhere you can look it up on the internet, often make it seem like the […]

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Birth

Childbirth Myths

As a birth educator, I feel like I know a lot about birth. But the reality is that there’s an infinite amount to be learned on the subject! And, when it comes to birthing, there really are no rules. Often times, childbirth is portrayed as a fairly straightforward process with a general set order to […]

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