I met Alexa when she was newly pregnant as part of a Birth Tribe consult. As we sat in that first interview she told me a traumatic story about her first sons birth. It was filled with provider bullying, lack of consent, disrespect, and the worst part was so many unans...

When Christine sent me a text at 5pm telling me she was having intermittent cramps, I was a bit shocked, but I certainly shouldn't have been.

This wouldn't be the first time I would be her doula and her babies stereotypically come early and fast. There wasn't going to b...

As they sat across from me on the couch, beautiful and awkward, their love for each other was palpable. It felt new and fresh and reminded me of how it felt with my husband when me first met.  As we discussed what a dream birth would look like there wasn't a strai...

We just kept moving her trying to find the best position. However, we were seeing signs that would prove this baby was as big as everyone had predicted. The baby would come way down and with each contraction it would slowly go way back up in position. While rocking in...

You see not only has Stephanie given me many opportunities as a doula, and many families the opportunity to have their own children, but she's also provided me with an understanding of what true selflessness can actually look like. When people hear of her role as...

We arrived to the hospital at 6pm. The nurses and midwives watched Rosie labor. One of the nurses, Katherine, engaged Rosie and the first thing she said was, "I want the epidural!" Katherine suggested trying the nitrous first and I heard one of the midwives s...

I arrived to Julie's house at 6:46am to a familiar sight. Julie was kneeling on her living room floor, body draped over a yoga ball, moaning, and asking for something to drink. It was the same scenario as 16 months ago, when I supported her during the birth of thei...

The doctor standing next to me motioned with his hand that he wanted Michaela to flip over and Jen, very politely said, "She's doing well here."  I did not move.  While birthing on hands and knees is really common, it wasn't for this Ob or for this h...

Her first hurdle, was that she was actually in labor. I asked her questions that would allow her to affirm this as really true and active labor.  Her second hurdle would be that none of us were leaving. That everyone was here for her, and that no one would be leaving...

Quinn and Theresa, Diane's mother, were present and their anxious energy was palpable. Every time Diane would moan they would go by her side and look at me and Liza for reassurance that she was ok.  Quinn was finding busy work and Theresa kept offering snacks and d...

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