18 Jul How America Fails New Parents — and Their Babies | Jessica Shortall | TED Talks

[embed][/embed] I urge all new and expectant mothers and parters to take a moment and listen to this TED talk.  While the topic of the US's sad state of maternity leave is not necessarily new, the way Jessica Shortall deliveries this heart wrenching and thought provoking...

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08 Jul Understanding the Model of Care : Doctor and the Midwife

This article originally appeared on, November, 11th 2015. For many women there seems to be some confusion over the difference between the practice and role of a midwife versus that of a doctor. While there are some overlapping areas for OBs and midwives, such as they...

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20 Jun The MUST Have Talk BEFORE Birth!

Published in International Doula, Volume 17, Issue 4 2009 Recently I was at a couple's apartment doing a private childbirth education class. We went through quite a bit of information that covered everything from pain management techniques to understanding the different stages of labor to how...

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23 May Asking Permission To Birth Your Baby?!?

About 12 years ago, while I was earning my doula certifications, I attended a birth that had such an impact on me, the situation still lingers with me to this day.  To complete the doula program, I was required to attend three births and then...

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16 May 5 Ways I Have Remained (Somewhat) Sane As a Mother

BY GWEN HORWITZ I saw the photo this drawing is based on, taken by @daniloxton on Instagram, and aside from immediately wanting to create a drawing out of it, it also evoked so many feelings of early motherhood for me. The way the two of them are...

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09 May 7 Steps to Surviving Early Motherhood

The first few weeks of motherhood can be daunting and throw even the most confident, successful woman for a loop. Here are 7 tips aimed to help make this transition a little smoother.   Get out of the house. Unless there is inclement weather, you and your new...

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18 Apr Why I Chose A Home Birth

While I was pregnant, I kept my birth choices private. I am a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula and Lamaze teacher; I didn’t want my students to feel I disapproved of their birth plans based on the fact that I was preparing for a...

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23 Mar Lessons from Lucia

BY GWEN HORWITZ   Using Motherly Intuition & Snippets of Parenting Books I Say I'll start Reading Tomorrow for Toddlerhood My husband Josh and I started potty training our 2.5 year old Lucia on Friday, February 26th. We followed the appropriately titled Oh Crap! Potty Training book in...

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