The Preconception Visit

Hello hello! I am so excited to dive into this series. If you guys didn’t know, midwives aren’t perfect. I like to think we’re pretty awesome but we definitely forget to tell you something in your clinic visits! The other way I think about it is this: we have so much to tell you there’s…

Abby’s birth story

Happy day to you! The icicles started to MELT in Alaska this weekend – it was amazing. It’s a huge tease to me that break-up season is on the horizon. For those that don’t know, we get so much snow and ice in Alaska that it takes almost the entire month of April for it…

Friday Five (#32)

Hello friends! This Friday we’re chatting five things saving my life right now. I went back to work this week and it was filled with all the little bumps in the road one would expect. The two year threw a tantrum next to the minivan outside of daycare drop off. The only reason he stopped…

Friday Five (#31)

1. A reminder for everyone on how to cope with stress. Up in Alaska, we get tons of snow and ice all winter long – but that’s our normal. But the middle and Northeast United States have been slammed this past week with record low temperatures and little infrastructure to manage the amount of snow….

*NEW* series coming about preconception, prenatal and postpartum care!

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share about a project I’ve been working on. One of my frustrations about maternal-child health care is when women are rushed through their visit with their provider. I’ve seen it time and time again and it never fails to make me sad or disappointed. I’ve seen providers be lazy…

My third birth story!

Happy Monday and President’s Day! Today I am sharing the birth story of my third babe (second son) from this past December. His story is a little different than my other two babes because I chose to get an elective induction at 39 weeks 1 day (I’ll talk more about why I chose to do…

A Must Have Handout for Your Birth Plan and Your Birth Team

Hey there hey! Wow, you guys loved the posts on LENI (Lower Extremity Nerve Injury) from the past few weeks. I had one of the authors of the spotlighted JOGNN article reach out and the founder of nerveinjuryfromchildbirth.com reach out to say thank you for talking abut LENI. They got me thinking about how to…

Friday Five (#30)

Anyone else have a 4 day weekend? We’re praying the temperatures are over 20 degrees so we can go outside and play for more than 10 minutes. Even in 0 degree weather, we try to go outside with the littles at least once a day – the fresh air does EVERYONE good! This five has…

Student Spotlight: 9 Tips for Success in School

Hello friends! Hope your weekend was fabulous. We enjoyed some snow and lots of fog up in Alaska. Our days are getting longer by 5 minutes every day, so each day really does seem a little brighter than the day before. Today we’re chatting success tips for school. I recently completed my second round of…

Friday Five (#29)

Yay Friday! Was this week super fast for anyone else? I feel like I blinked from Sunday night to today. Time passes quickly with little though! I always think about the quote: “The days are long, but the years are short.” It only takes a few scrolls through my phone’s photos to see how fast…

Chelsea’s Birth Story (Part 2…)

How is you Monday going? I hope your weekend was restful as well. It was a weekend in which the thermometer was at 0 degrees all weekend – so we did a lot of snuggling indoors in between the regularly scheduled grocery run. We get to hear part 2 of Chelsea’s birth story today! If…

Friday Five (#28)

FRIDAY! I’m writing this post as I watch a beautiful sunrise come over the Chugiak range in Alaska this morning. Alaska really puts the punch in a sunrise with those snowy mountains and pretty colors streaked across the sky. This Five is PACKED. Every time I read something this week I thought I have to…

Women Ask Wednesday: How do I make a reproductive life plan?

Happy Wednesday! Did you guys see the launch of the contraception tool last week? You all were so receptive and supportive – that means the world to me. Let me know how you use the tool or which populations you use it with! If you have a recommendation on how to improve it, I would…

Chelsea’s birth story! (Part 1…)

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was as restful as life with three littles can be and Sunday gave us a little sunshine that we were took advantage of with a little sled ride around the neighborhood. Between that and snuggles, naps and play time, the weekend flew by! Today we…

Friday Five (#27)

Holy pretty flowers! That’s how Alaska grows them ya’ll – it’s amazing. July and August look like a Better Home and Gardens magazine in this state. I was looking for some cheer in all the snow and ice and found those beauties. It’s the perfect image for the Friday Five. Let’s do it. 1. This…

Your FREE CONTRACEPTION TOOL is here!

Woooohoooo Monday! Today I’m sharing the contraception tool I created for my Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. I worked to edit and perfect this tool for months in my program and it was the center of my quality improvement initiative. When I was creating and planning my initiative, I couldn’t find a current tool that…

Friday Five (#26)

Yeah Friday! Hope your week was well. A Wednesday post didn’t happen around because most of the day was consumed with some newborn needs and snuggles :). But the Five this week is chock full as usual so let’s get to it! 1. The Comfort Cub This organization was not on my radar at all…

The Top 5 Friday Fives of 2020!

Helloooo Friday! Boy, I’m glad you’re here Friday. After two consecutive four day weekends (and only three day work weeks), this week was a long one. Today I’m sharing the top 5 Friday Fives from 2020. These were the most read of the 25 Friday Fives posted on the blog. I love a top five…

Friday Five (#25)

Happy Friday! We’re doing a lot of this around here…it’s really the best way to wind down from the holiday season. I hope your New Year is filled with the same! 1. First up on the five is a schedule for Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) weekly online support groups… If you’re new to PSI, check…

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a merriest holiday season! For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Happy One Year Anniversary to A Midwife Nation!

WOW – do we have some things to celebrate around here! First, A Midwife Nation celebrated a one year anniversary on December 2nd! Our household was a little busy welcoming baby number three into the world followed by birthdays for the other two babes (fun fact: all my babes were born in December!). Although it’s…

Friday Five (#24)

Happy Friday…and hello October! Is this year flying by super fast for anyone else? Fall is nearly over in Alaska – our trees go from green to yellow to red to brown in about 3 weeks. And the hubby pulled the snowblower out of the shed this weekend while I bribed littles in and out…

Women Ask Wednesday: How do I manage back pain in pregnancy?

Pregnancy is just hard on your back. There’s just no denying that fact! At 27 weeks of pregnancy, my lower back is feeling all the growing pains. I had lent my support belt out to another mama two years ago…and never got it back. Alas, I ordered one online and eagerly awaited its arrival in…