It's an exciting thing bringing something new to Mankato. To be honest it's pretty surreal. I remember dreaming about a "mother baby center". Someplace that expecting families could go locally in Mankato to learn more about pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Somewhere that had options. With our offerings growing, I can say IT'S HAPPENING! We don't [...]
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There are some births that you just don't forget. As a doula I remember my clients. I remember details about their story, I remember moments and things that were said. There are a few births that I remember..... EVERY. SINGLE. DETAIL. .....of my day, my drive, the conversations we had. This is one beautiful birth [...]
Many people ask, “What can I expect from your doula workshop?” So I thought I’d give you a glimpse into what is covered during the two day Birth Arts International (BAI) doula training. During our time together we dive deep into what a doula should know regarding topics concerning everything related to pregnancy, labor, birth, [...]
I knew I wanted to be work in birth since I was a little girl. It wasn't until after the birth of my second that I KNEW I wanted to be a doula. I also knew I would never give birth without a doula present again. The support we provide is ......well I'll let one [...]
TRY THESE SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE WAYS TO CREATE AN INTENTIONAL HOLIDAY SEASON AS A FAMILY. As December is upon us and the holiday spirit begins to emerge from within we can easily find ourselves at the end of the month feeling just the opposite; run down, tired, and overwhelmed. We pour our hearts into making the [...]
You have a choice, you have a voice. We help you find your voice, but as your doula we don’t become your voice. An advocate by definition is someone who speaks for you. This is a common word tossed around in correlation with the benefits of having a doula. Rather than doing this, we empower [...]
Packing your birth bag comes with a full spectrum of emotions. The day is approaching and there's no going back. I like to think of labor like you're hosting a surprise birthday party but don't know the date and time. With this interesting dynamic it's helpful to prepare as much as you can ahead of [...]
Induction, post-dates and cervical ripening are just a few examples of the medical jargon that are common to the birthing world. This vocabulary can lead to misguided confidence in medical interventions rather than trusting the natural physiological processes that our bodies are innately wired for. Inductions are sometimes medically necessary and in these situations I’m [...]
Doula’s are gaining in popularity and to celebrate World Doula Week we wanted to acknowledge the immense benefits they offer to a laboring women and her family. However, many remain confused about what exactly we do and how we help. This will briefly describe the various ways in which The Green Stork doula's can assist you [...]
What’s too much, what’s too little, and what’s just right?? The true answer is that experience will be your biggest mentor while figuring out what is perfect for you and your littles. Whether you're a new mom or veteran here are 10 tips to make leaving the house faster, quicker and more convenient than ever. [...]