5 life changing things I've learned in my doula training course

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5 life changing things I've learned in my doula training course

A few months into a birth and postpartum training course and I can definitely say that it is changing the way that I view birth and life in general. There are four things that I keep thinking about because I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE TRUE, yet as I think more and more about these things I realize that of course they must be.

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10 steps for a positive labor and birth experience

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10 steps for a positive labor and birth experience

It's true, birth often takes unexpected turns. But having a positive, calm, and empowering birth experience is possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to bring your baby into the world. Special thanks to my friend Teresa and Lauren Allmond Photography for the beautiful photos.

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Breastfeeding is not the bad guy, at any age, at any time

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Breastfeeding is not the bad guy, at any age, at any time

I have this little growing human who needs constant loving care. It's quite a daunting task being someone's everything. Sometimes I don't feel up for the responsibility. 

Luckily, though, just like the fairy godmother gave Cinderella her carriage and dress, someone gave me breastmilk.  I can magically make a nightmare melt into peaceful slumber. I can feel my baby's body go from tense to relaxed in a matter of seconds. I am so grateful for this power. This power is more than me. This power is what makes me believe in the divine.

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How the love song by Ben Rector describes exactly how I felt when my babies were born

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How the love song by Ben Rector describes exactly how I felt when my babies were born

Ya'll. This song. The beautiful melody and simple guitar really let the words jump out and hit your heart.  People say it is a perfect first dance song at a wedding. I agree. It's also a perfect first lullaby for a new baby and momma.

I wanna love you, forever I do.
I wanna spend all of my days with you.
I'll carry your burdens and be the wind at your back.
I wanna spend my forever - forever like that.

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The cosleeping debate | Why I love squirmy little legs and good morning cuddles

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The cosleeping debate | Why I love squirmy little legs and good morning cuddles

When I left the hospital after giving birth to my first baby, a doctor told me to make sure that the baby does not sleep in my bed with me. "Okay," I thought. We had a bassinet next to our bed. I'm sure she'll be cool with that. I had no idea about the heated cosleeping debate that exists all over the world amongst mothers, babies, dads, and healthcare professionals. I was about to be thrown into the worry or not to worry frenzy.

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