Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex is no fun for nursing moms

Imagine settling down into your favorite rocker, a big glass of water at the ready, getting your baby situated, and as you feel the sharp pull of her latch and your milk letting down a wave of utter sadness and despair washes over you. Imagine this happened every time you nursed your baby and every…

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There ain’t no room for Judgy McJudgerson!

Surprise! It turns out there isn’t just ONE correct way to parent your child(ren). But wouldn’t the books, blogs, experts and the neighbor like for you to think there is, or at least they’d like you to believe there is a BEST way. Those of us dedicating our professional lives to helping women and their…

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The gift of self-advocating

When we ask prospective clients why they are interested in having a doula at the birth of their child, most people include something to the tune of “I want someone to advocate for me at the hospital.” We get this. It can be daunting to imagine oneself in labor, having to remember all the details…

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Are “BIG” babies BIG problems?

Up here in the mountains “big” babies aren’t as common, but many mothers – locally and nationally – are either induced or recommended to have a cesarean section for a suspected “big” baby. Similarly, some women are induced due to a suspected “small” baby. As doulas, we are often supporting families who are making a…

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Birthday Kisses from an Angel

My mother’s birthday was today. Wanda would’ve been seventy-two years old, celebrating next to me, if I had it my way. Instead, I find myself in nature where I feel closest to her. While hiking up Grizzly Creek, I find myself surrounded by PURPLE BUTTERFLIES and I can feel her spirit all around me. Her…

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