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Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Inspiration, Motherhood | 12 comments

Letting Go Of My Imperfect Birth Story

Letting Go Of My Imperfect Birth Story

  I am one of those people that believes in manifesting things, taking herbs instead of antibiotics, and getting A’s on tests. I have always believed in my ability to influence the outcome of events in my life. I’m spiritual. I’m a healer. I’m healthy. I’m an overachiever. My daughter’s birth turned all that on its head. All the pre-natal Pilates, yoga and acupuncture, optimal fetal positioning practices, birth classes, guided meditations, and Ina May books in the world couldn’t have prepared me for how this was going to go. Three days past her due date, I called my doula at one in the morning. Yes, I was sure, these were no fuddy duddy Braxton-Hicks contractions. These were the real deal. After a few hours of pacing around the house, resting on the birthing ball after each contraction, fueling up on snacks, and jotting down last minute Things To Do in my day planner, I decided it was time to make our move to the hospital. With all the...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Pregnancy | 2 comments

My Favorite Pregnancy Resources From Bras to Apps

My Favorite Pregnancy Resources From Bras to Apps

  By popular demand, I’m finally posting all of my favorite pregnancy resources in one place! (Click here to read My Favorite Resources For Baby’s First Year.) As a health care practitioner that specializes in women’s health, I did tons of research while I was pregnant to find the best of the best resources to help me through my journey and to be of even better service to my pregnant patients. If you’re pregnant or planning to be, bookmark this post, and please share with your family and friends If you have any resources to add, please leave them in the comments below! Some of these resources are Denver-specific, but there are some wonderful online listings as well if you are in other parts of the country. Without further ado, in no particular order, and with free commentary…   Books & Websites: Birthing From Within (Best. Birthing book. Ever.) The Baby Book (You know how they always say, “if only babies came with a manual.” This is the manual.) Ina May’s...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Personal Development | 14 comments

How Do You Move On From A Painful Experience?

How Do You Move On From A Painful Experience?

The day I came home from spending a week in the hospital, I painstakingly made my way into the backyard, sat on a chair in the sun and watched my husband mow the lawn as my puppy jumped up to sit beside me. I’ve never been so grateful for the breeze on my face, for the warm dark fur next to my leg, for my full pregnant belly, and for my husband taking care of the house, taking care of me.   How do you move on from a painful experience? I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately.   A month ago, I was at a friend’s baby shower when I started to feel strong contractions. I knew something wasn’t right, so I left immediately to go home and rest. I called my husband, he raced home, and after talking with our midwife, we decided to go to the emergency room. After 10 hours of painful contractions one minute apart, the doctor finally found what he thought...

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Pregnancy | 8 comments

My Most Unexpected Teacher Of Motherhood

My Most Unexpected Teacher Of Motherhood

Being pregnant has brought with it many surprises — among them the return of my migraines. I tackled and eliminated these suckers years ago with diet, acupuncture, and lifestyle changes. Now, with a new surge of hormonal cocktail coursing through my body, I find myself in a familiar position of dealing with the sparkly vision, the sensitivity to light and noise, the pounding headache and “bruised brain” feeling that can last for days after the initial onset. But one thing is different this time:  I have an improved relationship with my body now than I did years ago. When it speaks to me, I listen. Every time I have a migraine my body is telling me to stop, breathe, close my eyes, and rest. (Because, the truth is, if I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t.) The more I honor my body’s request to slow down, the less severe the migraine. The sparkly vision sets in, clears, and then no headache follows. I read an incredible book recently called The Art of Extreme...

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