How can I be a better mom for you?

“After rushing around to get everyone ready to leave, I realized sister had piled stuffed animals on top of baby. I overreacted. I spoke to her in a way I’m not proud of and that wasn’t necessary or appropriate. Immediately, I regretted it. She immediately broke down crying. A real, stress filled, tearful cry. She lunged for me, with arms open, and I caught her and held her. She sobbed in my lap and the following conversation took place…“

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Mary's Second Birth Story

“I had not just birthed my baby, but caught baby with my own hands. I had confronted demons and won. Surrounded by those most important to me, I found the inner strength I had lost. I held baby to my chest. I felt the thick layer of vernix, smelled the sweet aroma of the newly born head and suddenly, the battle I had just won felt so far in the past. As if it was already years in the distance. A beautiful memory of a victory…”

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Birth Announcement: #babydukebro is here!

“For years, I’ve educated and supported families through births. Today I proved to myself the awesomeness of my body and the healing nature of a supportive birth team. #dukebrownbro was born Tuesday July 3rd at 1:45am caught by his mother in their home surrounded by love. Weighing 8lbs 3oz and 23inches long…”

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Fresh RX - Fresh Food Program for Expecting Moms on Medicaid

“From the beginning, Community Farmers Market has been committed to finding solutions to provide a better food system for low-income households. The goal is for this program to expand to other Medicaid participants and eventually be provided through all insurance companies.”

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The Overwhelming Vulnerability of Waiting for Baby

“I am writing this to inspire other pregnant women and parents who may be struggling with the same fear, worry and anxiety. To say to them, this too is normal. It’s when moms feel this way non-evidence based care providers can use their fear to sway them to choose interventions they might regret later.”

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​Video: Mary and Amanda Demonstrate Comfort Measures on MiddayLIVE at WBKO13​​

“I was a guest on Midday Live with WBKO13 with Amanda Woolen of The Grateful Moms Doula. We talked comfort measures and what you’ll learn during Lamaze Class. Watch us get 'hands-on' with a live demonstration of a technique that provides much needed comfort and decreases pain during active labor. I’ve also opened up registration for fall Lamaze Classes...”

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You Are Not A Failure - The Lifesaving Support of A Doula for a Breastfeeding Mother

“I have an important, deeply emotional story to share with you tonight. Only one month postpartum, Lucy's weight had rapidly declined. Suddenly, this little one's story was not so positive. Despite seeing the pediatrician regularly, she was still failing to return to her birth weight of 6lb 8oz. It became obvious then, that something was wrong.“

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Freedom of Movement in Labor

"What struck me as I sat there, was my view in that hospital Labor & Delivery room. In front of me, despite an active birth, was an empty bed with the monitor straps left behind. I want every one of you planning a hospital birth to know that freedom of movement and intermittent monitoring is a safe option for most moms and should be discussed with your care provider.”

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When a Doula Client Has a Cesarean

I've experienced the helpless feeling of standing just on the other side of the "scrubs only" sign. It’s an anxious feeling, as you are suddenly separated from the family you've supported throughout their pregnancy and birth. There you wait. Helpless. Everything is out of your hands. Some relief comes when you hear the cries of a newborn, but full relief never comes until you see mom and baby, both safe, healthy and together in recovery.

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Renee Cooper's Birth Story

"...By the time my midwife came I was already dilated pretty far and the contractions were beginning to be very painful but I was coping very well...the euphoric feeling and rush of emotions afterward took all my pain away and filled it with love. For those curious about home births or wanting to consider, my best advice is to be as informed as possible beforehand and to remember that the pain has a purpose and is very rewarding in the end."

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Ketones During Pregnancy

"Words like ketones, keto, ketosis and ketogenic are all popular buzz words for promising rapid weight loss. At first, I had only had one friend telling me how ketosis had changed her life. Then, not long after, another friend. My interest in studying them came up when my own midwife noticed ketones in my urine, so I made an appointment in Bowling Green (Kentucky) to see Registered Dietitian Marisa Woodal..."

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What the Heck is a Haakaa and How Will it Change Your Life?

"When you're breastfeeding, sometimes you need a little hands-free help, not only while caring for baby, but to increase milk production. This Facebook Live video, with special guest Amanda Woolen, might be just what you need. Also, today I posted my first YouTube video. I would love for you to subscribe to my channel." 

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NEW!! Phone Support and Video Chat

Throughout my career, I have looked for ways that I (and other birth workers) can serve with the longevity and enthusiasm that matches our dedication to serve. I receive over 100+ messages on social media monthly. Often, I feel guilt for not being able to reply instantly to each message. I've begun a  new 'Phone Support' program on my website. I'm able to manage inquiries without distractions so I can provide 100% client-focused support. 

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Back in Action: Amanda Woolen CLC

"Earlier this month I got to share a postpartum visit with a Lactation visit at a Doula client’s home.  It was the first time Amanda Woolen CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) had been out in action since having her baby 4 weeks earlier. It was such a joy getting to see her back in action! This particular family was sent home from the hospital with..."

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