Refocusing My Energy for 2014

The time has come for me to refocus my energy from birth doula work to writing and publishing the books I have been working on for over 10 years.  Yes!  I am still teaching childbirth classes and coaching newborn families.  I am referring all of my students who are interested in a doula to my Spectrum Birth […]

Mom Matters

Beyond Birth ~ Mom Matters Preparing for the new mom’s wellbeing and postpartum recovery may seem inconsequential during pregnancy, especially since everyone is so focused on the expectant mom.  Between OB appointments, childbirth classes, baby showers, and breastfeeding classes, the expectant mother is fawned over, or so it seems.  Once baby is here, all eyes […]

A Birth Doula? Why?

A birth doula is a trained and experienced labor support professional.  She has a passion for empowering women and their families during pregnancy, labor and birth.  Most birth doulas have attended both hospital and home births.  Doulas support women and couples through all types of births.  Studies have shown that a doulas presence produces more […]

Go Play Outside!

Go Play Outside!  Winterize the family’s wardrobe and hit the trails or sidewalks. Check out your local resale shops (Kangaroo Kids or Goodwill) for great deals on snowsuits, boots and other layers of warm clothing. Being prepared for the weather will ensure that you get out and enjoy the change in Season. Research suggests that 20 minutes […]

How much weight should a pregnant woman gain?

There isn’t an exact answer to this frequently asked question.  However, most pregnant women can expect to gain at least between 25 – 35 pounds.  In a recent, albeit very informal “poll” on my Facebook page the average weight gain was 45 pounds with a range from 20 to 70.  Among my childbirth education students […]

Natural Childbirth ~ Really?

Yes, whenever possible!  What is the definition of natural childbirth?  Natural childbirth is pregnancy, labor and birth the way nature intended ~ free of drugs, interventions and augmentations.   Natural childbirth is completely achievable in hospitals, birth centers and of course at home.  Proper preparation (education, exercise, nutrition…) and various types of support are the […]