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Is Fear Your Methodology?

As I am building the vision of Embodied Doula Trainings, mentoring doulas, and navigating my own doula career, which is now nearly a decade long, it’s becoming clear to me how fear has come to rule (maybe always ruled?) the land of doulas (and other birth workers). As supporters of birth, and especially supporters of …

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Doula Certification, Hospitals, and COVID-19

When I decided I was going to start my own doula training and certification organization back in late 2019, I had no idea what the doula world would be facing with the global COVID-19 pandemic. I had no idea that doulas would be subjected to some of the hardest working conditions I’ve ever known of …

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Why I Started My Own Doula Organization

It might seem crazy, or maybe unnecessary, to start one’s own doula training organization, given how many exist today. We’ve gone well beyond the big players and there are now dozens of organizations training doulas all over the world. Each one has their personal style or approach, some are locally-based, and others have gone national …

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Water Birth in Memphis

I’ve seen quite a lot of posts on Facebook lately of moms asking about the availability of water birth or birth tub options in Memphis and Shelby County. Fortunately, there are options, but unfortunately, there are not very many. If you want to have a water birth in Memphis, here’s what you’ve got to know. …

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Can Our Family Afford a Doula?

Having come from the Los Angeles birth community, I was accustomed to the cultural expectation that doulas cost, and are worth, money. Of course, not everyone in LA county can afford doula care, but since doulas are so commonly used there, people are aware that this kind of support is of value. In LA, doulas …

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Women Are Being Violated in Childbirth and ACOG Says It “May” Be a Problem

Disclaimer: This is a quick and dirty blog post–I am pushing this one out (no pun intended) quickly so that our community can engage in a critical dialogue about this statement as soon as possible. If you find typos or issues, feel free to privately message me–and be forgiving of errors, please! Read the statement …

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A Little Catch Up

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I’m sorry for that! Life is so busy, it’s hard to sit down and put some thoughts together. 2019 was quite a year–much better than 2018 (don’t even want to talk about that year!). I attended some beautiful births, supported lots of new families as a postpartum …

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Breastfeeding a Toddler

We’re almost 24 months into our breastfeeding relationship. In some ways, it feels like we could be coming to a close, yet I know that some toddlers will nurse once a day for a year or more. Breastfeeding my daughter has been one of the most rewarding aspects of motherhood, and one of the hardest. …

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Local Memphis Live Interview

Today I had the privilege of speaking about AWAKEN space on LOCAL MEMPHIS LIVE! Check out the interview! I am so glad I can bring together the best of Memphis to offering workshops, groups, and other forms of support to Memphis area women, moms, and families. I really believe in the mission of education, support, …

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The Part of Motherhood Most People Hide

Blame social media, blame society, blame the need to keep up with the Joneses. The bottom line is that mothers are struggling on a daily basis and many feel too much pressure or shame to be truthful about it. We see picture perfect motherhood on Instagram, even leave out the darker details of our parenting …