Birth Professionals

Encouraging Pregnant Women to Exercise

When I was teaching childbirth education classes, a common question was “what type of exercise is the best?” I did my best to encourage women that ANY exercise was better than none – but the focus always seemed to come back to

Advocacy

Advocating for Black Women’s Breastfeeding

The Black Mother’s Breastfeeding Association provides an local resource for families in the Detroit, MI area, and a great model for meeting the needs of a community of mothers.  Check out this great advocacy video they placed on YouTube: Knocking Down Barriers: Reclaiming

Jennifer's Personal Notes

What I did with my winter vacation…

I have to admit, I wasn’t quite prepared for a new semester to start.  It didn’t help that instructors didn’t have readings available until the day of class so I couldn’t be a week ahead (my comfort zone).  What really had me

Advocacy, Birth Professionals

Running Skirts and Giving Birth

I shared my excitement about ordering some new running skirts for my birthday with a colleague at work. She’s a runner, and her less than enthusiastic response was, “I’ve never understood why people like those.” As I reflected on her response, and

Birth Professionals

Deciding What to Share When Educating

I’m preparing for two upcoming conferences where I will be presenting.  The first is a conference for Christian midwives where I will be providing a clinical update on menopause.  The second is a conference for nurse midwives where I will present a

Birth Professionals

On Touching and Being Touched

I am in the process of reviewing for my certification exam – the test that will prove I can be trusted by the community to be safe and competent as I work with families to maintain their optimal health.  This is such

Jennifer's Personal Notes

Reflection

The summer project is completed and I am finally home. It feels good to be in my own surroundings. It feels good to not be surrounded by people all day. It feels good not to have exhausting hours. It feels good not

Jennifer's Personal Notes

The power of discernment

I am proud to be a supporter of natural childbirth.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to assist families as they made decisions about birth and parenting as both a childbirth educator and a doula.  But I’m starting to realize something

Birth Professionals

Differing Philosophies of Birth

My husband needed to run to a store today.  He selected a store in a large mall in a trendy part of town.  The mall has beautiful furniture, enticing little cafes and sushi shops, every popular chain you can imagine.  He likes the

Birth Professionals

Recognizing Breastfeeding Problems

I’m spending time this week (spring break) to work through the postpartum study guide I need to complete for school.  In the process I found an interesting list in Varney’s of reasons a woman may be experiencing inadequate milk supply.  How timely,