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Christmas Presence: Gifts Without Greed? By now, we all know the drill. Stress less this holiday season. Focus on presence, not presents. Be light rather than hanging lights. Be still, be quiet, be at peace. Enjoy it. Personally, I love this renewed emphasis on holiday calm and joy in the simple things. I wholeheartedly embrace a focus on the less material elements of ...  Continue Reading
Why We Didn ‘Tis the season for thrusting terrified children onto the lap of a stranger disguised in a red suit and a bushy white beard. The obligatory photo with Santa is so much a part of our holiday culture that we hardly think twice, ignoring the cries of our infants and toddlers for the (albeit brief) moments while the photo ...  Continue Reading
The Journey of My Baby My youngest child had a serious illness as a baby. It began at just six weeks old: a simple cough that suddenly turned into not breathing. A month in hospital followed by another ten day stay a few weeks later. And then days, weeks and months of recovery at home. Being in hospital with a little baby is ...  Continue Reading
Why I Made My 4-Year-Old Return His Stolen Toy and Apologize The other day we were at one of the local discount stores. You know the kind that sells everything from canned peaches, to socks, to toilet paper. I mostly purchase plastic bins from this retailer, they definitely have the best price and I love how organized the bins make me feel! Anyways, the other day we were there ...  Continue Reading
Does This Hospital Gown Help Me Feel Empowered? Hospital gowns on birthing women. A harmless way to keep your nice clothes from getting stained, or the first step down the road of intervention? I love what Maria Pokluda has to say on this subject. As one of the busiest doulas in DFW and co-creator of Birth Boot Camp DOULA, Maria has seen countless women give ...  Continue Reading
New Study Says Bedsharing Risks Overemphasized, Current AAP Recommendations Potentially Dangerous A new study in Breastfeeding Medicine, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, examines the current recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics on bedsharing. The study suggests that the much touted risks are not only overemphasized but that these recommendations could have unintended, and even dangerous, consequences for parents who end up choosing unsafe sleeping arrangements in an ...  Continue Reading
Groundbreaking Prison Doula Program Helps Incarcerated Mothers Imagine your first memories as a child are clouded in violence, fear, and instability. The person who was tasked with keeping you safe, who you loved unconditionally, was also the person with whom you shared your first high. You embarked on a decade-long battle with addiction, which began before you could drive a car. You want nothing more than to ...  Continue Reading

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