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Pros and Cons in Choosing a Birthing Location

Where to Birth?

Pros and Cons in Choosing a Birthing Location: Hospital, Birth Center (hospital or free standing), Home Birth, or Unassisted   Congratulations! You’re pregnant, have a million things on your checklist, and you’re whittling away at them while you can. But should birthing location be a question of consideration? When our …

Must Reads for Birth Partners

Must Reads for Birth Partners

Is your birth partner wishing they could learn more to support you during your motherhood transition? Check out this list of “must reads!”   The Birth Partner – This birth classic written by Penny Simkin talks about preparation for labor, when to know labor has started, epidurals and other medications …

Nursing Through Tongue and Lip Ties

Nursing Through Tongue and Lip Ties

When most people think of the term “tongue-tie”, they think of someone’s inability to speak or stick their tongue out. But in reality, it basically means the tongue’s motion is restricted, otherwise known as anklyoglossia. With the rise in the United States breastfeeding rates, tongue ties are gaining recognition. More …

How to Change to a New Provider During Pregnancy

Breaking Up is Hard to Do – How to Change to a New Provider During Pregnancy

So you’ve decided it’s time to break it off with your current OB GYN/Midwife in search of a better fit.  Now what? How do you best handle the transition to a new provider during pregnancy without anxiety or guilt?   First things first, you need to make sure you know who …

When to Change Providers During Pregnancy

When to Change Providers During Pregnancy

As BIRTHFIT CEO Lindsey Mathews says, “When it comes to birth, there are only two people with guaranteed tickets for the ride: mom and baby.”  Very likely, the next person on the short VIP list is your OB or midwife. This is with good reason, as your OB/midwife is who …

Slow Is Fast

How Slow is Fast Worked for Me

When I began participating in high-intensity group functional fitness classes in the fall of 2014, I knew my husband and I wanted to start a family in the next year or so. Indeed, part of my reasoning for a new exercise routine was to prepare my body for a healthy …

My Baby Wants to Snuggle and Hates Being Put Down

HELP! My Baby Wants to Snuggle and Hates Being Put Down

Originally posted on drlaurenkeller.com   While pregnant, you probably read every article on the internet on all the gadgets and goodies you need once the baby arrives to make sure you have a baby registry that set you up for success. The best crib, bassinet, or co-sleeper? Check. The best …

Birth Story

“Too Fit” is Not the Problem

Recently, I was attending a birth as a doula. You should know that at this point in my career, I only take on doula clients that do the work and choose to be “birth fit”. This means preparing mind, body, and soul for this monumental transition and planning for the …

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation: Using Your Own Vital Force

The placenta is the life force for your little one throughout pregnancy. The placenta is an organ that surrounds the fetus in the womb, allowing for the exchange of blood, nutrients, and waste within the mama.  After birth you have the choice to use your own placenta as a health …

#MomCrushMonday Queen In Training: Meet Jess

Jess is one of the strongest women I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. She gave birth to her beautiful daughter Emmeline in February, and on that day, she redefined my meaning of strength.  I have known many strong women, but not like this; not like Jess.  Leading up to …