Community Blessingway

This past weekend I attended a community Blessingway put on by Gelena Hinkley of Peaceful Pregnancy Pathways ~P3.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since I know a gathering of this type isn’t easy to put together.  Especially since Gelena was relying on the community to donate resources, which takes time and effort to seek out and coordinate.

The setting took place in Gelena’s backyard.  She formed a circle with bales of hay and chairs, topped with trinkets and papers for the expecting mothers to keep.  In front of the seats of the expecting mothers were tubs

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Third Trimester Update

As pregnancy #3 winds to an end, I’ve been very busy tying up loose ends and making last minute preparations.  I’ve made a lot of great connections and participated in some amazing trades of products and services. 

I enjoyed my last birth as a doula the end of May.  The birth story is here in case you missed it.  I have to say that I’m so glad I decided to take that last one on.  The couple both happen to be photographers and got some amazing photos of the birth which can be found here.&nbsp

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Hospital Water Birth

This family found me through Hypnobabies.  I was not planning on taking anymore births since I wanted to give myself enough time to prepare for my own upcoming birth in July.  Though when I got the initial email my heart was immediately drawn to this family.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the attraction was, but I knew that I needed to consider this opportunity further based on how our online communication went.  Not only did this family need support for their Hypnobabies preparation, but they were seeking a water birth with a midwife who had just recently started practicing again.  This particular midwife had taken a break after being restricted from offering families alternative options typically found in out of hospital birth settings. 

The hospital they chose has a water birth policy in effect (where babies can actually be born in the water), but having that reality actually transpire is a different story given the hospitals sparse experience with it.  The fact that few providers have experience with this mode of birth makes it a bit tricky too.  So it seemed to me that this midwife choice might be the ticket for this family to have this option actually manifest.  I knew that this family could use all the support they could get, and I was excited at the prospect to be a part of the team.&nbsp

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Birth Center Transfer Due to High Blood Pressure

This birth story has been a long time coming.  This was the second birth I supported for my certification as a doula.  My friend had intended on a birth center birth, but when her blood pressure would not come down for anything and protein showed up in her urine a transfer was in order.

Here is her story…

The Birth Story of June Ryan

The night before I went into labor Sean (my partner) went out with some family. His cousin Paul and his girlfriend Kathleen were in town from PA. They went out for a little and I remember being angry because I knew I was giving birth any day.

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YourWaterBirth.com Discount

I now have a doula account with:

If you are interested in purchasing a birth pool or one of their many systems or kits, please contact me for my discount code to get 10% off your order.

I just bought this pool for my own upcoming birth in July:

I got the set that comes with a liner and a cover.  I’m very excited since the fishy pool I used last time left a lot to be desired.  I know I’ll definitely appreciate the handles on this one as well as the narrow shape when it comes time to push.

Yay for water birth!  😀

There are no coincidences

The more I walk down this path the more I believe this to be true.  What’s going to follow is a bit sappy, but this is what is flowing through my mind and body.  It’s a bit personal, but I feel led to share the honesty that is overpowering me at the moment.

When I set off on this path of change there were many choices I made that were within my own power.  We paid off debt and saved so that I could stay home with the kids and then make a career change.  Except when it came down to it, I wasn’t so comfy with dropping my safety net.  I’m not sure I would have gone through with any of it if I had not been laid off from my job.  That was a little over two years ago, and it has been anything but easy.  Fast forward to a few months ago, despite my efforts of certifying and wanting to attend births as a doula not much was happening.  We needed money, so I did my best to get hired by Whole Foods.  I even went in and charmed them the way I always have when seeking jobs.  Only this time the puzzle didn’t fit.  I wondered why and thought that maybe I might never get a paying job again (oh, the thoughts that go through our minds). Fast forward to a few months ago, I joined up with Amazing Births & Beyond.  It must have done something to my confidence, because shortly after signing with them I heard from others who were interested in my services in addition to the leads I’ve enjoyed from them.  The fact that this is working so well now is a testament to how I am finally on the right path.  Which brings me back to my path before I got here.  I’ve wondered recently if perhaps some of it was a fluke?  Then I met Gena Kirby at a Rebozo workshop.  I learned how she too went through somewhat of a life cleansing where her whole world was turned upside down when she set out to live her passion.  They lived like Buddhists, as she put it, with very little possessions to their name.  Later on I read in her blog that her path to doula care started as a server in high end restaurants.  She shared how she had always been on the path of serving others.  It was right then and there that I realized that my five years as a server had prepared me in the same way.  I also don’t think that my business degree or work in that realm was in vain either, since I find myself using even those skills too in my every day dealings. It’s just so fascinating how all this has played out.   I love sitting here pondering how all the right pieces have fit together at the right time, even if I didn’t realize why some of my other efforts wouldn’t work no matter what I did. Which brings me to people….I really feel that every person I have had the pleasure of knowing has served some purpose in my life.  Whether it was as a mentor, a helper, or a person offering confirmation or encouragement to my journey, I’m extremely grateful that I allowed it to happen even when I was unaware of what was unfolding.  Then there are the clients who I have been drawn to even before they chose me to support them during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or adjusting to another baby being added to the family.  I definitely believe that there is an energy force that draws and connects us.  It’s no coincidence either, because I always leave these experiences with a much needed shift in perspective.  It seems that I’m always being put in situations that aim to restore me back to balance in some way.  

I honestly am so happy that I am doing what I love and am so appreciative that it has been becoming a reality more and more.  Even if another baby is added to our own family, I know this is the work that I will continue to do until my days on earth are done.  

Does opting out of hard work put us at a disadvantage?

Pain, discomfort, suffering…

Many see these words and want to run the other way.  Who in their right mind would want to suffer when there are ways to bypass it? Let’s consider the word “pain”.  The English language does not distinguish between varying levels of pain as opposed to other languages that have multiple variations for the sensations we experience (or so I’ve been told by my foreign friends).  It’s a valid word for experiences that are traumatic in nature, but =&0=&After all, the discomforts felt during these processes is much different from breaking an arm or getting a root canal done.

I think that it’s more accurate to recognize that the sensations that women experience during these processes have a purpose and that much learning can happen when women learn to navigate accordingly.  The pain that surfaces during these processes is our body’s way of telling us to do something different.  That there’s an imbalance present.  I believe that suffering happens when we do not respond to the messages our body sends us.  Therefore, if we listen and respond we can avoid unnecessary suffering

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300 Fan Giveaway!

Nurturing Notion’s Facebook page as reached 300 fans!  As promised, I’m hosting a giveaway.

Up for grabs is an Orange PUL One Size Diaper Cover with Gussets.  It has yellow fold over elastic and yellow snaps against bold orange fabric.  

It’s a personal favorite of mine, but if the style or cloth diapering is not your thing we can work out a different prize valued at the same value ($16) or less after the raffle is through.  It must come from my shop, of course.  To enter to win

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Choosing a Doula

Choosing the right doula for you may seem like a daunting task.  So many personalities and experience levels to choose from.  For some, knowing where to start can be a barrier to starting the search at all.

Once you get started you may wonder how many people you need to interview before you find the right one.  I don’t think there’s a formula for how the search should be done, but do think that there are universal indicators that might help you sense whether you have found the right one for you.

For one, there has to be chemistry.  You’ll recognize this by

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Beautiful, Peaceful Hospital Birth

 I had the pleasure of attending this birth as a support person.  It was a quick, yet peaceful birth.  The family did a superb job communicating their needs to all involved.  Both the hospital staff and midwife were very supportive of all that the family wanted.  Everyone present made sure that the mom had all she needed so that she could focus within and ride the currents of the birthing process.

Overall, it was an empowering experience for all involved.  Even the nurse on staff was gushing about how beautiful the birth

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