I want a doula…now what?

Doula. It’s a word that is getting more and more exposure as of lately. However, it’s not a new fad or trend. It’s actually ancient Greek that loosely translates into “woman servant” or “woman who serves”.  Today’s definition, however, is a bit more defined. Doulas are trained women who offer emotional, physical, and informational support […]


Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Guest post by Elizabeth Carrolton for What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse? Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition that stems from damage to the pelvic floor, a complex pelvic support structure that is constructed of muscles, connective tissues and nerves. In the majority of  cases, POP appears in women after the age of 50, but some […]

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a reputation for many health benefits.  A lot of them are not proven, but have been handed down over the years.  Some have been backed up by small studies, such as regulating blood sugar in diabetics, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, improving heart health, and assisting in weight loss.  It is […]

Jaundice in a newborn – assessing the risk

Jaundice is a common condition in newborns, and usually not a cause for alarm.  It’s caused by elevated bilirubin levels.  Bilirubin is a byproduct of the breakdown of red blood cells, and the newborn’s immature liver sometimes can’t quite break it down fast enough.  Jaundice frequently requires no treatment at all – just lots of […]

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Munchy Monday: Fun with Avocados

Not only are avocados delicious, they provide essential nutrients, and also allow your body to more readily absorb fat-soluble vitamins.  Fat is an essential part of our diet, and avocados are a good, healthy fat.  They’re delicious on salads, mixed into chili or just about any Mexican dish.  If you’re trying to go lower carb, […]

Technology & birth: less is more?

Birth in the United States has become very technological.  Not only are mothers taking more and more prenatal tests, but birth itself has become highly technological.  Not only is all of this technology unnecessary in most cases, in many cases it is also harmful to mothers and babies.  In an ideal world, we have technology […]

Munchy Monday: No Brainer Beef Roast

(vegetarians, avert your eyes!) I got this recipe from a forum that I belong to. It’s SO easy. This recipe lets you take a cheap cut of meat, like round or chuck roast, and turn it into melt in your mouth roast beef with almost no effort. Preheat oven to 485°F – let it sit […]

education and insurance

or “the value in a childbirth class AND a doula”  Childbirth classes and doulas. Many expecting couples think they are of equal value, so they only need to choose one  – if you take the class you shouldn’t bother hiring a doula, and if you hire a doula, you shouldn’t bother taking a class (years […]



Birth Story: Addison’s Birth

Addison’s Birth by Crystal Bowden On March 10th I went into labor with Addison, being technically one week past her “due” date of March 3rd. The day was pretty normal, just me and Haden hanging out while Daddy was at work. We did a lot of dancing that day, which was lots of fun because […]