The State of Midwifery (Part 2): How to Bolster the Force

Hello hello! We’re continuing the State of the Midwifery series today and although this is a long, inspirational post, it’s definitely worth the time to read and share. As we chatted last week, it’s important to know statistics about the midwifery force and the barriers ahead for the profession (see the first post on the…

Friday Five (#33)

Yay Friday! Doesn’t this little guy just make you smile?! What a week though. We had another sick babe this week (the four year old this time) and all the things that come with trying to take a kid to see the pediatrician. Has anyone else had to hold down a toddler while they are…

The State of Midwifery (2021)

Last year I did a small mini series on the state of midwifery in the United States and the obstacles ahead for the profession. It wasn’t meant to start a spirited debate, but to bring to light facts and numbers that speak for themselves. It is only when we all acknowledge the facts that we…

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…