The Light Speed Homebirth of Gwen

When my husband and I started talking about having a baby, he knew how badly I wanted a homebirth. He supported me in everything I wanted. I was so happy he was on board for this. From the moment I … Continue reading

Stop Telling Women to Trust Their Bodies!

As a die-hard, home-birthing, placenta smoothie-prepping, breastmilk-medicating, coconut oil-loving, once-vegan doula and women’s rights advocate, I have a potentially unsettling confession to make. Hearing a woman being told to “trust your body” sincerely pisses me off. Let me silence all … Continue reading

How to Care for Your Mommy Battle Scar (aka C-Section Scar)

According to the CDC, in 2014 32.3% of births were by C-section in the United States. Accordingly, if you look at the SETX area, local hospital C-section rates appear to match the national average. To me, this means that a … Continue reading

Five(-ish) Tips for Successfully Pumping Exclusively

We pump for many reasons, and it’s very common to have a love-hate relationship with it. Here are some tips to help make that relationship more loving than hateful! Step One As with any of life’s challenges, starting off on … Continue reading

New Year, New Baby: The Birth of Hazel Addie

The day before Hazel was born I had a midwife appointment at 1pm. Jackie, my midwife, checked me and I was 4cm dilated. She stripped my membranes and stretched me to 5cm. I was 10 days overdue and she suggested I … Continue reading

My Family’s Fight With Food Allergies

It’s every mother’s worst nightmare. Your child is hurting and you can’t fix it. My son, Jaxson, started showing troubling symptoms around one month old. He had bleeding diaper rashes, his skin was covered in eczema, and he cried all … Continue reading

Listen To Your Mother – Auditions

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Southeast Texas ‘Listen To Your Mother’ show! If you haven’t heard of Listen to Your Mother, then take a few minutes to check out their YouTube channel, here. The show is a … Continue reading

The Birth of Evelyn Rose Halliday Koehler

Evelyn’s birth story began in late February of 2013, the week my grandfather passed away. My sister called with the news, and we made arrangements to travel from Sayulita (near Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast of Mexico) to Arizona … Continue reading