Pregnancy and Birth

How to Keep Your Love Alive and Well

You know the times in life when things just don’t feel good? When you see one of those uplifting t-shirts that says, “Life is Good,” and you think, “Not mine, today is hard and I don’t like it.” The Bringing Baby Home Workshop helps parents to prepare for those days. Like it or not, life…

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Guest Post by Susan Adamson, on Easing Anxiety

I received this note in my email this week and right away I sent a note to Susan, the founder of Mother Trees, asking if I could share it on my blog. Susan was willing to let me share it with you here and I hope you find this gentle reminder helpful for your days.…

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How to Make a Birth Plan

How to write a birth plan. If you are expecting a baby chances are you have heard the term birth plan.  They are a very common document that a family can make prior to birth that can help you and your care providers know your desires. Birth plans are a helpful part of preparation. You…

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We Can See Your Undies

Dear Pregnant People, We can all see your cute undies through your black leggings. I like to break myths about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period and help families thrive with realistic expectations. In almost every workshop when I ask parents what they hope to learn about, one parent says “I want to know all…

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5 Reasons to Hire a Doula

1. choice. The great thing about having a doula is that you get to choose who that person will be. This does not happen with a nurse or birth assistants that come in and introduce themselves when you are in the middle of your labor. It is a good idea to interview more than one…

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10 Questions That Will Spice Up Your Doula Interviews

1. What do you like the most about your job?  2. What experience do you have outside of formal doula training that contributes to your work.  3. Why did you become a doula? 4. What is one part of your job that you are bit good at, or could use some improvement?  5. How would…

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5 Things Partners Need to Know About the Postpartum Period

1.The postpartum period is not a set amount of time. It can take months or years for a family to feel the transition is complete. Deepening question: Given all you know about you and your partner what expectations do you have for the postpartum period? 2. You need to be a mind reader. Okay, not…

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Top 4 Tips for Tired Parents Who Want To Get Along

Dear Overwhelmed Parents, If you are reading this you are likely overwhelmed and tired or will be soon. The combination of feeling overworked and under-rested is like a monster breathing down your neck. That pressure makes life harder and is one of the key reasons parents argue. You and your partner are both feeling stress…

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Why Take a Childbirth Class?

Attending a childbirth class gives parents an opportunity like nothing else in pregnancy. In Seattle and around the Sound, there are a wide variety of class offerings at local hospitals, local nonprofits and independent small businesses, including classes that focus on hypnotherapy, mindfulness, father-coached birth, out-of-hospital births, yoga and birth as a rite of passage.…

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