The 4th Trimester

The role of a doula is fairly well known in the realm of pregnancy and birth, but did you know that many doulas also choose to support a family right through the 4th trimester? The 4th trimester is your postpartum time, the time when parenting really hits you and you feel like you've been thrown [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:49+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Babywearing for Birth Workers

Several years ago I designed a 3 hour workshop for birth workers, where attendees would learn how to teach their clients the art of babywearing. Well, I have some exciting news!! I have doubled the length of the workshop, added so much more information, and got DONA accredited to offer 6 continuing education credits (CECs). [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:49+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A “Don’t Waste Your Money” Guide to Baby Layettes

You're having a baby, and you want to know exactly what you need. You proceed to your local baby store and ask them for suggestions, and they hand you a 3 page list of all the shit you "need" for having a baby. Well, I am here to say that you don't need all that [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:49+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Pregnant, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Born Swimming

When I was pregnant with my third baby, I was terrified. I was terrified that he would have the temperament of his older brother, my first baby. I was nervous about colic, sleepless nights, breastfeeding problems, and ultimately post partum depression. I was determined to do whatever it took to minimize and potentially eliminate all [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:50+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are You an Offbeat Doula?

When I decided to go with "Offbeat Doula" as my brand and business name, I knew the name itself would apply to so many more doulas than just myself. The term "offbeat" as a descriptor of someone who strays away from normalcy and challenges the status quo is not new. So tell me, are you [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:50+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Babywearing for Doulas

I wear many hats in life. I am a doula, a placenta encapsulator, a mom, a roller derby player, and a babywearing educator. I have been teaching babywearing from the time I initially taught myself how to do it nearly a decade ago, and I am still heavily involved with the local babywearing group. I [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:50+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Viva Las Vegas – Doula Edition

Last week I travelled to the ABC Kids Expo, which is held yearly in Las Vegas. It is the world's largest trade show for baby, kid, and family products. There were thousands of businesses exhibiting with interesting, fun, unique, and straight up odd products on display for buyers to look at.   ummmm, what? I don't [...]

By | 2017-02-26T23:48:44+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yurtbirth

You've heard of a homebirth, and you've heard of a waterbirth... but have you heard of a yurtbirth? Or even a yurt for that matter? Let's start with "yurt". "A traditional yurt (from the Turkic) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:50+00:00 September 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

#straightoutta

I have not seen "Straight Outta Compton," although I did drop my teenager off to see it last week for his birthday. He says it's great... but he is 15, so take that with a grain of salt.  Whatever the case, after the release of the movie, I noticed a handful of hilarious memes popping [...]

By | 2017-02-26T23:51:42+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maternity + Cocktail = Mocktail

It's patio season. That time of the year when the bar blenders run on overdrive, beers are best served upside down in margaritas, and people shamelessly lick the edges of their cups like a deranged toddler. It's not nearly as awesome when you're expecting and you can't order any drinks without putting "virgin" in front [...]

By | 2017-10-25T16:16:50+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments