May 5, 2019

Ah, the dreaded summer pregnancy. Because growing your own personal space heater inside your body isn’t hard enough without having to do it during the summer months. Where your pregnancy glow is actually the sun glinting off your sweat, and you get constant looks of pity from everyone you meet.

I’ve suffered through three summer pregnancies and have lived to tell about it! It seems that no matter how long we tried to get pregna...

May 5, 2016

Tuesday was Meredith's first day of school. I thought for sure I would have already have had the baby and wouldn't be able to walk her to school. I was 41+1 by my dates. My midwife had me dated by LMP which put me at 41 on Wednesday which meant Wednesday morning I would have to drive into Tampa and have a BPP (biophysical profile - a  non-stress test plus ultrasound) done to make sure everything still looked healthy. Most of t...

February 1, 2016

It was the early morning of July 26th. Brian was due home from a 7 month deployment the following afternoon at 4pm. I’d been talking to the baby for weeks, asking him to stay put until Brian made it home. I was now 5 days overdue and amazed I had made it so far and was now so close to Brian being able to be here for the birth. Originally he was scheduled home the beginning of July, but they got extended 3 weeks which coincided...

December 17, 2015

A comprehensive birth education is so beneficial to everyone, whether or not you're planning a natural birth. Gaining knowledge about pros & cons of all interventions, learning coping tools for labor, and spending quality time with your spouse are just several good reasons.

Still unsure or have questions? Come meet me for some coffee to get answers & view class materials. Friday, December 18 from 4-6pm at Whidbey Coffee on SR...

November 6, 2015

I imagine midwives get asked all kinds of crazy questions, but I can clearly remember my midwife’s face when I asked her if she knew any way to stall and lengthen labor. To be fair, part of my reasoning was that my husband was returning from a seven and a half month deployment within days of my due date, and I really didn’t want him to miss the birth. But the other part was that I was on a quest for the perfect birth. You know...

May 12, 2015

Meredith was my first baby, born in a small town hospital in a rural California town. My husband and I had taken a 12 week childbirth education class, which helped us plan for and feel comfortable with our choice to have a natural birth. We went in feeling prepared and able to make educated decisions. When everyone around me was being a naysayer, our instructor and classmates kept my outlook positive. I've always said I couldn...

April 28, 2015


One of the best things about joining a company in it's infancy is being a part of all the "firsts". This past weekend I flew to Dallas, Texas to participate in Birth Boot Camp's first company wide retreat. There were approximately 60 Birth Boot Camp Instructors and Doulas in attendance, so it was intimate and non-intimidating. Over the last 2 years since I certified as a BBCI, I have met so many other BBCI and BBCD in our onl...

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