I was 18 years old when a snowboarding accident changed my life forever. In December of 2003, during a ski trip with friends, another rider crashed into me, sending me toppling down the hill unconscious. When I came to, I...

Nesting Days -- A Metaphor For The 4th Trimester

I’m a trained postpartum doula. Because many people don’t know what a postpartum doula is or does, I usually begin by explaining what I don’t do. I am not medically trained. I do not make diagnosis, give medical advise, or...

Moms Who Inspire: Holly Gerson

“When I was 28 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to the incurable nature of the cancer I had, my doctors decided it would be best to do a complete double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery.

Looking back,...

What if Baby Cried Only Half as Often?

Crying babies—they’re a fact of life for new parents.

 

It's great if you've got the magic touch and can calm baby right when the bawling begins, but wouldn't it be better to keep 'em happier 24/7?


The answer...

Better Together—How Skin-to-Skin Contact Can Help Combat Postpartum Depression

You’ve probably heard about the proverbial “baby blues”, and its more serious sister, postpartum depression, both of which can leave you and your body feeling all kinds of bad after you give birth. Let’s start with something really important: If you feel this way consistently, you’re not just having a “bad day”, and more to the point, it’s nothing to be ashamed of! Postpartum mood swings are very common, due to the intense changes in hormones that new moms experience. View full article →

Happier Breastfeeding : When Leaning in Doesn't Work, Try Leaning Back!

I’ve asked Kristen LaValley to tell her story in this post about breastfeeding, and she has graciously accepted my invitation. She has a wonderful blog, When At Home, with many loyal followers, and has been a Nesting Days...

Dancing skin-to-skin helps boost Mama’s mood

As a postpartum doula, one of the first things I help my clients do is develop a Nesting Strategy around three key objectives: 1.) getting adequate rest and good nutrition to facilitate healing and lactation, 2.) delegating tasks to...

And they all went to the sea shore...

My holiday story of hope and renewal...


I miss my mom most at Christmas. She loved movies, and one of her favorites was Never on Sunday (1960), a movie about a spirited young woman named Ilya who maintains a...

Natural Breastfeeding: How I Nurtured My Baby (And My Instincts)

Kristen LaValley had so much difficulty breastfeeding her first child that she eventually gave up. I asked her to tell her story of how she listened to her instincts, went skin-to-skin, and used the Nesting Days carrier to successfully nurse...

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