long short winter

The Longest Shortest Winter

A reflection of birth and death written by Christi Banks The Longest Shortest Winter You held me in birth and watched me grow I held you in death and while your soul found repose.   Your winter cut short by cancer’s wrath The end of dolor has now brought you warmth.   Your daughter’s winter must remain ever long While …

Surviving Postpartum & Post-Adoption Mood Disorders: A Bellingham Moms Story

In our first installment of our new blog series “Bellingham Mom Stories”, local mom Amy Brannan shares with us the realities of perinatal mood disorders. In her experience it was Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, OCD, and Post Adoption Rage (something less known, but very real in the adoption world).  Whatever you may be experiencing we hope Amy’s story inspires you …

why we don't call you mama

Why we don’t call you “Mama”

Mama. When you are pregnant and after you have your baby, you see it everywhere. Pregnancy blogs, magazine articles, parenting books, support groups, and from doulas. Mama has become the term to describe women who are expecting or who have children. No doubt it is a term used out of affection for this life-changing time. A way to recognize the …

Do I need to take a birth class refresher for my second baby?

“I did a childbirth class the first time around, do we really need to take another one?” As doulas we work often with families who are welcoming their second child. Sometimes their previous birth was recent, others it was years before. Whether the age gap between your children is big or small, many wonder if they will benefit from taking …

5 Common Postpartum Symptoms to NEVER Ignore

A Physical Therapist for your lady bits?! Amanda Nayfield is just that… and more! As a pelvic health specialist, she is the local guru for pelvic floor health. Today she shares with us some valuable information regarding postpartum health. Whether you are two weeks, or 2o years postpartum, listen up! This blog is for you… “More often than not, I see …