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Motherhood, Mothering and Mother Work

I attended the annual Mom Conference at the USF St. Petersburg campus. The conference was put on by the Museum of Motherhood. I know, right.. there is a Museum of Motherhood!! The conference was more like an intimate symposium. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting some amazing women from the world of academia, […]

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Do Doulas Need a lot of Stuff?

Doulas usually have some training, and are familiar with the birth process. In the original studies that were done, Marshall Klaus and John Kennell were actually studying how having a kind woman at the birth effected breastfeeding and mother-infant bonding. What they discovered was so much more;  that the presence of such a kind and […]

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Maternity Care in the U.S.: Be Part of the Change

If you’ve been reading any of my blog posts, you know how passionate I am about changing the maternity care system, particularly in my home country, the United States.  I have dedicated most of my adult life to supporting, promoting, and protecting the MotherBaby couple, the sacredness of birth, and bonding between mothers, babies and […]

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The Birth of a Mother and a Doula

It was 28 years ago, December 27th 1989, when my son Matthew was born into this world, at Newton-Wellesley hospital in Massachusetts.  I entered the hood; motherhood. My life would never be the same.  Giving birth and becoming a mother are both life-changing transformational events that get to be honored. The memory of that day […]

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Childbirth Classes: Online or in Person?

The buzz among birth educators is that attendance at childbirth classes is low. Why is this? Do people really need childbirth classes? Is it better to take childbirth classes online or in person? One thing to consider is your learning style.  It takes discipline and rigor to complete online courses, depending on the content, and […]

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