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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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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, …

AWAKEN space

Long before we moved to Memphis, I dreamed of creating a space for women, mothers, and families to gather, learn, and find community. Modeled after some of my favorite spaces in Los Angeles, AWAKEN space is a gathering space for the Memphis community. We offer groups and classes centered around pregnancy, mothering/parenting, sexuality, breastfeeding, women’s …

An Interview with Zoë & Icon Undies

Icon Undies invited me to talk about my postpartum experience for their Afterbirth campaign. The birth of a baby brings unexpected challenges to even the most prepared new parents. No one can perfectly explain what you will go through as you recover from birth and welcome your baby into your life. However, the conversation and …

What Men Need to Know About Postpartum Sex

(Disclaimer: This post is aimed at cis-gendered, heterosexual men. Queer families may experience many of the same challenges, but cis-men are particularly underserved when it comes to education about the postpartum period, thus the post is written for them.) Guys, I want to help you out. I’m here to say, it’s not your fault that …

Lena Dunham’s Home Birth Disaster Play

It’s #worlddoulaweek and interestingly HBO’s Girls just aired an episode titled, “Home Birth.” The episode, especially for those who work to improve birth in America, is an utter disappointment and missed opportunity. I posted the quote above in honor of #worlddoulaweek and the spirit of this quote is what I want to hear the world …