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05 May 2016

  “In the end, it all comes down to the baby’s need to nurse, so I nurse her. She doesn’t know I’m trans, but understands that when she’s tired, sad, or hungry, there’s no cure quite like breastfeeding. [My son] was the same. And I’m his Dada. He has never—and I’m sure never will —call […]

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10 Feb 2016

My world was rocked after the birth of my first child.  I wrote about it in an earlier post for DTI, Shifting the Culture of Postpartum Support.  In summary, I was simultaneously navigating my emotions about an unexpected and hard birth experience and trying to figure out what it meant to be a mother to […]

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25 Jan 2016

“Women’s innate wisdom. Breastfeeding. Maternal fetal transmission. Motherly instinct. Woman-centered care. Maternal antibodies. Woman in labor. Mother” All words we hear in the birth world. Some clinical, some warm and fuzzy. All describing a woman’s experience of growing and birthing and nursing her baby. But what if these words used in our professional language—used in textbooks and […]

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12 Jan 2016

The VBAC Birth of Ezra William July 18, 2012: Written by Taylor to Ezra  Our labor began around 3AM on July 17th after feeling pretty sick to my stomach the night before.  Your grandma, after walking around the dining hall following Oliver on his motorcycle with me, predicted that you were coming soon as I […]

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20 Apr 2015

What I Learned From My Planned HBAC Turned Empowered Hospital VBAC: I teach yoga to mothers. I offer an opportunity for them to write their birth story and send it into me to share in prenatal yoga class. I believe in this tradition and absolutely adore it. My mentor teacher, Camille Mulchi of MotherWise Yoga, […]

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13 Aug 2014

  I’m often asked if there are doulas in Uganda. The answer has always been, of course. The truth is in my eight years with our NGO Village Birth International, I never saw a woman that was specifically hired to be a labor support “coach.”  I saw family. I saw sisterhood. I saw communities coming […]

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13 Mar 2014

And I return to my mat.  Each day, this is what has given me solace.  Through every season, through each change, I know I can come to my yoga mat and receive exactly what I need.  Nataraja.  I never thought that this symbol which presented itself nearly 5 years ago would come to mean so […]

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20 Nov 2013

As doulas, we find many ways to support the heart of the mother. Poems and blessings are one way to help women feel more connected to their heart and their baby. We encourage our mamas to hang poems and blessings in the space where they’re birthing. This is a simple way to personalize a space […]

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06 Nov 2013

What happens when a doula has a cesarean birth? How do we as doulas  support these women?  Are we doing enough? Often these mothers report feeling like outcasts of the natural birth community once their planned unmedicated birth or homebirth turns into a HBC (the name given to a planned out of hospital birth that […]

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30 Oct 2013

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when? — Hillel the Elder Marshall Ganz, organizer and senior lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, uses Hillel’s centuries’ old questions as the starting point for teaching people to shape […]

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