We See You

Loss comes in all kinds of intensity and darkness that can be both fleeting and stagnant. Many of us in our time of grief seek support from family and friends and perhaps other resources. But it astounds me that even in this day and age, parents who suffer miscarriage often feel like they have to …

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Private Lives (and the Not So Much)

Once upon a time, women didn’t have to fret a great deal about keeping their pregnancy to themselves, at least not in the first trimester. When social media wasn’t (gasp!) a thing (and unless a woman chose to share her news with others), the general public was kept in the dark until she began to …

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Doula? Baby Nurse? How Do I Choose?

What’s the difference between a Baby Nurse and a Postpartum Doula? If you’re considering professional help for your family, how do you choose? Let’s compare the two so you can better understand the type of help each professional can provide: Baby Nurse: this is someone who has been trained in newborn care and primarily takes …

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A Note to the Partners of Pregnancy

Dear Partners:  Partners of pregnant women come in all shapes, sizes and support styles. Some are eager to read all the books, attend all the classes, shop for all the gear and even help to plan the gender-reveal.  And others…? Not so much. This can be disconcerting to women, and a cause of unwelcome prenatal …

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Prepping for Birth in Unprecedented Times

So much of life seems to be out of our control right now. It’s difficult for anyone to experience, but especially agonizing for women in their third trimester of pregnancy.  Studies have shown that during times of inordinate stress, it’s best to focus on what we can secure with confidence.  While having a baby is …

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Birth and Pregnancy Resources

Back in the day, when a pregnant woman needed advice, she’d call her mother. Or grandmother, or cousins, or sisters – a trusted female relative who had been through the ups and downs, the hormonal shifts, and the hankering for bizarre food combos at 3:00 in the morning. Sure, the bookstore had a pregnancy section …

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Choosing a Provider When You’re Pregnant

When it comes to pregnancy and birth, women have a myriad of decisions to make, from the benign to the super critical. Choosing a suitable care provider definitely falls into the latter.   In the United States, women experiencing low-risk pregnancies can select a midwife or OB GYN to care for themselves and their babies. …

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A Love Letter to Partners       

I once taught a private childbirth education series to a couple in their home. The mom-to-be was excited and eager to learn about her progressing pregnancy, labor and birth, and the importance of postpartum support. Her husband, on the other hand, wasn’t engaged at all. He’d impatiently walk in and out of the room as …

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Pregnancy During Covid-19

I’m a certified childbirth education instructor. So, it will come as no surprise that I believe every expectant parent should take a childbirth education class. While formally preparing for labor, birth and postpartum doesn’t guarantee a specific outcome or experience, it does provide a wealth of information. And when it comes to something as unpredictable …

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Should I Circumcise My Baby?

Whether or not to circumcise your baby is a personal decision often determined by a variety of social, cultural, medical, or religious circumstances. Parents have the right to choose what they believe is best for their newborn and typically undergo extensive research before deciding what’s best for their family. So, what is the process of …

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