I'm moving! This is one of the toughest things I've had to say so I thought I would just start there. Get the hard stuff out there so I can move into the beautiful. My family is trusting the journey set out in front of us and jumping at the opportunity to take over the [...]
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Steph was on the news in the MIDDAY EXPERT segment. To view the whole clip visit KEYC. "Think of us as your doula as you would a guide. Just as you would if you were preparing to climb Mount Everest. You would educate yourself, do your research. You would train for the adventure. Most people [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]