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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Erin and Gabri Photography: breathtakingly beautiful newborn photos

The newborn phase is such a blur in my mind. The intense growth (mine and baby’s), sleepless nights, either too many visitors or sad isolation. I’m so happy that I have these photos to remember what hard work we were doing together. We were getting to know this world. Getting to know this new life.

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Luke's Birth: Pitocin, Forceps, and a Warrior Mother

"I truly did not feel anything - even though the monitor showed the contractions were at 75-90% intensity. The only way I knew I was having a contraction was the skin of my belly got tighter and harder (more than it already was at it's maxed out, 9 months state)." Amy tells us the story of Luke's birth in Virginia, USA.

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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

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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