Tag Archives: Heartland Doulas

beautiful mother feeding her newborn

Broken Boobs

I remember distinctly the lump in my throat and the hot tears welling up in my eyes as the lactation consultant was describing what she was feeling in my engorged, painful breastRead More…


When Are You Gonna Have That Baby???

Maybe it’s because they don’t know that the average baby comes somewhere between 2-8 days past your due date, depending on which study you look at. Maybe it’s because strangers in the grocery store didn’tRead More…

Peacefully Laboring Woman

Don’t Forget This for Your Homebirth!

So you’re having a homebirth! And you’re no doubt fielding ALL the questions: “People still DO that???” “Can you still get an epidural???” “No, really, people still DO THAT???” And while their jokingRead More…

Mother with baby in arms

Blissful, Bonded Postpartum

I remember how I felt the first time I saw the positive pregnancy test. Joy, trepidation, excitement, terror, love, anxiety, surprise, overwhelm, and optimism, all washing over me in one crazy tidal wave, engulfing meRead More…

popcorn and a movie, waiting for baby,

Waiting for Baby. Let Your Heart Smile.

You know your estimated due date, but we know that is not an expiration date. It’s an estimate, a date given based on averages. Will you have your baby before or afterRead More…

postpartum supermom newparent

Get Back in the Game. Postpartum Bad Advice.

Suck it up buttercup. Why are you so tired? You need to get back in the game. These are things that people say to us after we have a baby. But evenRead More…

childbirth choices, parenting choices

Life is full of choices. Use your brain.

Choices. There are so many choices, so many paths. There are many reasons why a choice you make today might not be the same choice you make tomorrow. There are many variablesRead More…

Happy Mother Touching Newborn Baby Daughters Nose

Sleep Training: It’s Not What You Think!

For far too long, I’ve watched new families receive the same tired advice from well-meaning friends and family (and sometimes strangers on the internet!): Sleep when the baby sleeps…an hour or twoRead More…


Placentagate–What you Need to Know about GBS & Placentas

A recent article from the CDC about a baby contracting Group B Strep (GBS) infection linking the infection to the mother’s placenta capsules has caused quite a stir…and it should! After fieldingRead More…

think before you speak

Think before you speak and stare.

Stares and odd-ball comments that just make you shake your head. That’s what happens when you’re pregnant. April the giraffe knows what I’m talking about! I’m sure she is humming, “I alwaysRead More…