THE BLOG | POSTPARTUM & PARENTING

6 Tips for Tough Parenting Moments

When our children’s emotions are running high, often ours are not far behind. Here are some gentle reminders for those moments when you are all having a hard time. 1. Trust that children are trying to express a need with their behavior, not manipulate you. 2. When a child’s behavior goes off track, try getting…

Lightbulb Moment At The Kitchen Sink, Or, How I Became A Doula

  How I Became A Postpartum Doula “How did you become a doula?” Many of my new clients ask me this.  I always tell them about my trip to Seattle to visit my brother and his family after their second baby was born.  I loved playing with my older nephew, talking with my brother and…

Postpartum Tip Roundup: Planning For Life With New Babies

Searching Google images for “plan for baby” brings up hundreds of images of baby showers and toys.  A search for “postpartum plan” yields exercise plans.  While I don’t want to downplay the importance of baby showers and exercise, these search results are a sad reflection of how little idea we have of what to expect…

10 Steps For Writing A Meaningful Birth Plan That Doctors Will Actually Have Time to Read

For the major life event of childbirth, filling out a pre-made form as a plan may not be enough for you. It’s your body, your mind and your birth. Every woman approaches childbirth in her own way. If you are a “planner,” then filling out a pre-made birth plan form may not feel like enough…

Parenting: The Eternal Present

This morning I posted a reflection: “I love peonies. I love how they show their displeasure for years after a transplant. I love how they remind me of my childhood backyard. I love how each year when he was little, my son would call them something different: ‘peo-nannies’ and ‘Europeanies.’ Looking forward to this year’s…

Do You Have The Balls For Childbirth?

Birth balls are a great tool for your pregnancy, labor and even for newborn care. Just another name for the exercise ball you may already have at your house, the big round birth balls are good to sit on, lean on and bounce on and can be used to facilitate labor progress. Here are a…

Three Reasons Why Parenting Is Harder Than We Thought It Would Be

I don’t know any parent who hasn’t found parenting to be harder than they thought it would be. Sometimes we blame ourselves, or our partners. Sometimes we blame our children. But there are factors at play which are much larger than our families! Here are three factors which I think make parenting harder than it…