“I Don’t Need a Man”; Choosing to be a Single Mom By Choice

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I recently attended a really special birth! (Honestly, they are all pretty special – but this one is a little different!) This mama went a route I didn’t even know was possible! I seriously meet and serve the COOLEST women! With this woman’s permission, I will be sharing about her route to motherhood. Choosing Single…

Why Your Partner’s Attendance and Participation at Birth is Crucial

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The partner’s role in labor and childbirth has changed drastically over the course of time. It used to be that men would not be around for labor or birth, they would go off and do their own thing while the woman birthed their child. But now, it has become the norm for the partner to…

Perineal Tears, To Stitch Or Not To Stitch?

Perineal Tears, To Stitch Or Not To Stitch?

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When it comes to discussing perineal tears, there seems to be so much misinformation, so let’s chat. First of all, we must touch on the fact that there a several different degrees of tears. An intact layout of the exterior genitalia, as a baby crowns. First degree Second degree Third degree Fourth degree WHY do…

How To: Choose A Back-Up Doula

How To: Choose A Back-Up Doula

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I always joke that you should be as picky with your Back-Up Doula/Business Partner, as you are about your Life Partner/Spouse and to not be afraid to date, take a break, break-up entirely, or stay together forever… LOL but honestly, that’s pretty valid! You want to seriously know their values, their experience, their comfort zone,…

Hospital Birth Makes My Skin Crawl

Hospital Birth Makes My Skin Crawl

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I love birth but some aspects of birth are very triggering to me, it literally makes my skin crawl.    I support women’s choice to birth wherever they feel most comfortable. The woods? I’m with that. Your house? Call me, I’ll show up! Birthing center? I support it, but you won’t be hiring me. The…

Become a Certified Doula in Tampa this September

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Who: Anyone wishing to certify as a doula/birthkeeper and obtain hands-on placenta training. This certified program is best suited to those who are interested in the more holistic route of birth support. What: A one-day training program (which includes access to an online course) which will certify you as a birth doula and cover topics…

What’s In The Doula Bag?!

What’s In The Doula Bag?!

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HERBAL is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This list can be used for not only birth workers, but birthing peoples may want to gather these items for themselves! The items I have marked as a rental means…

Birthing Self Confidence – How your Birth Empowers Life Going Forward

Birthing Self Confidence – How your Birth Empowers Life Going Forward

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It is beautiful watching women evolve through pregnancy and child birth. It is no secret that birth is transformational, though most have no idea how significant this transformation is. Most have no idea that their birth choices, especially place of birth, can impact their entire life going forward. Some women leave their birth experience feeling…

When First Time Moms Choose Freebirth

When First Time Moms Choose Freebirth

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Freebirth – the process of intentionally giving birth without the assistance of a medical birth attendant – the only kind of birth where you will find me. Recently, a first time mother ask that I support her choice. Unlike most births, this woman came to me, she birthed in my home. Her environment wasn’t ideal…

Pitocin Is The New Episiotomy

Pitocin Is The New Episiotomy

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If you were a fly on the wall on a Labor & Delivery floor, you would see a bag of Pitocin or Synthetic Oxytocin being hooked up to a majority of the IVs on the floor. For some, Pitocin is absolutely necessary to stop a serious hemorrhage, but why is it being used routinely for…

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