Category: Birth

Giraffe Watch 2019

I don’t usually jump on the viral bandwagon, but here I am about to write an absurd blog post about April the Giraffe and what we can learn from the livestream of her birth. [Disclaimer: this is going to mostly be a comical post…

The Low Down on Due Dates

So, what is your due date anyway? It’s an estimate of when your baby will be born based on the first day of your last menstrual cycle calculated by adding 280 days to that date. This number would bring you approximately to 40 weeks…

Taking Off the Rose-Colored Glasses, Breastfeeding in Appalachia

On Friday I attended the second annual Appalachian Breastfeeding Network Conference. The theme was “Taking off the Rose-Colored Glasses”, and the presentations focused on the barriers to breastfeeding in our region. The conference was held at the surprisingly lovely Burr Oak Lodge, in Glouster…

On-Call

I’ve had a lot of folks ask me, ‘What does it mean when you’re on-call?’ Usually clients are curious what they’re paying for, or prospective Doulas are curious what it entails. Since I’m finally off call for the summer, I thought it would be…

West Virginia Doula

I thought I’d write a post about what it’s like to be a Doula in West Virginia, rural WV.  Including my work as a student midwife attending homebirths as well, since the experience isn’t all that different. Today, for example, I’m sitting at my…