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My Non-Beautiful Natural Birth

My Non-Beautiful Natural Birth

I know I’m supposed to tell you my med-free birth was a beautiful, inspiring experience. That this is what I wanted when I walked through those hospital doors and that my baby and I are so much better for it. The truth? It was raw, humbling, messy and painful. I yelled passionately for anyone who […]

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We Hired a Sibling Doula

We Hired a Sibling Doula

I’ve had three babies. All of my extended family lives out-of-state, all over the country. When I went into labor with the first, I didn’t have to worry about childcare for any other children. The second time, I had to think about arrangements for a spur of the moment call for help, or to fly […]

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Big Sibling Bags

When my son was born, I put together some fun things for my daughter to do while she waited for her baby brother. When I found out we were expecting again, I decided I’d put together bags again for both of my kids. Labor and birth are so unpredictable, they may be long or short. […]

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vanessa home birth

My Home Birth Story

Vanessa: There’s no place I feel safer than in my own home – it’s a haven. Josh: We planned a home birth. We hired a nurse midwife and her assistant, as well as a doula for our family. Vanessa: Both of my older children were born in a hospital; this time, I wanted a different […]

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Birth photography: capturing your special moments

Many people who hear the words “birth” and “photography” together shudder as they picture scrunched-up-in-pain faces, less than flattering hospital gowns, smeared (or zero) makeup, not to mention the “aftermath.” Who would want to see that again? A lot of people, actually – and it’s becoming an increasingly popular trend. During the birthing process, there […]

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