Resources & Education
Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting can be some of the most rewarding seasons of your entire life. They can also be some of the most challenging. Before internet and television were readily available to most people, we relied on our mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, grandmothers, and friends to teach us what to expect and how to get through it. Today, you can type “pregnancy/childbirth/parenting” into Google and find medical journals, books, articles, blogs, and forums dedicated entirely to the subject. With all this knowledge at our fingertips, you can certainly piece together what it all entails. However, not everything on the internet is true and it can be difficult to determine what is fact, what is opinion, and what biases are held by the writers.
This section is provided to help educate everyone and anyone about different aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and beyond. My hope is that all people gain a factual, evidence-based view on what it all entails and grow to respect childbirth as a normal, physiological process. Allow me to expand on that statement for a moment – “childbirth is a normal, physiological process” – this does not mean that I am against epidurals, cesarean births, inductions, or medical interventions of any kind. In fact, I 100% support them and value their place in childbirth. However, I believe that we, as a society, need to work to eliminate the fear surrounding birth. We all appreciate a little drama TV now and again, but when you become pregnant and the only memories of childbirth you can muster up are the screaming women on TV being hauled into the operating room for their emergency cesarean birth due to an extreme medical emergency where mom and baby are in jeopardy…. well, yeah, you’re going to be a little bit nervous.
My hope is to provide this information to let people know that this is normal, this is natural, and you don’t need to be afraid. Educate yourself, empower yourself, and gain the confidence to make the best decisions for your family. Whether those decisions are to have an epidural, cesarean birth, unmedicated birth, induction, circumcision, etc. Only YOU can make those decisions. However, I hope to assist you in learning what each decision entails, when it’s beneficial, when it’s not, and how to cope with it.
As a Certified Childbirth Educator, I offer judgement-free and evidence-based education on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn care, and more. If you find any of the following information to be non-factual or incorrect, please reach out and tell me so that I can make the necessary corrections! I hope to provide my community (and others) with the most accurate and up-to-date information that I can.