The Dismembered Mother

How do we get to this place of dismemberment? Where does it start? As young girls, we are taught sacrifice of self. “Act like a lady.” “What a good girl.” “Are you sure you should wear that?” Then we grow older and this self-sacrifice is insidious. Even the most fiercely …

The Real Truth About My Blessingway

I didn’t know what to expect. I just knew it was something I wanted for myself ever since I had heard about the ritual in “Birthing From Within”. My day was already starting weird though. I had a couple of people cancel that morning. This was a big day, and …

Why Birthing From Within?

I was a woman who did it all right, and whom some would say got everything I wanted in labor and birth. I had taken intensive private classes, read all the books I was supposed to, wrote a birth plan, hired a doula, had a supportive doctor and labor team …

Doulas 4 Doulas Support Circle

One of the best things about Kansas City are the caring doulas we have here. It is a profession that is challenging and rewarding. Since 2012, I have been holding support groups (or what I like to call birth circles) for our local doulas here in Kansas City and its …

Hot Flashes and Pap Smears

I’ve reached the ripe old age of 39. I’ve seen my gynecologist more times in the last 2 years than in the last 10 before that (other than when I was pregnant with my first child). Welcome to perimenopause. Miscarriage (IUDs can fail) STD Testing (because you’re not so sure …

The Perfect Birth

Birth is a bridge. Sometimes it’s a rickety bridge, sometimes a very stable bridge. But it is a bridge that you must cross alone. I and your partner help you get on the bridge and help you get off, with open arms…to encourage you, to love you and to welcome you …