I’m a certified doula — again!

Abby, wearing red glasses and a pink shirt with her hair in a ponytail, smiling and holding up the certificate declaring her a DONA International certified doula

I'm excited to announce that I have earned my birth doula certification with DONA International! I've been a certified birth doula for a while, but I wanted to earn the DONA International certification for a couple of reasons: First, DONA International is a part of all of the national and state-level conversations about insurance coverage… Continue reading I’m a certified doula — again!

Small Business Saturday is all about support

This year, I've got two resources to highlight for support people as you're shopping on Small Business Saturday.

Protected: Handout for my talk at the DONA International Summit 2022: Pearls of Wisdom

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DONA International Summit 2022: Pearls of Wisdom

This post is for attendees of the DONA International Summit 2022 who want to access the handout for my presentation.

The “Cars” quote that best explains cervical checks

I was excited to recently be featured in a Natural Womanhood article about cervical checks. I was even more excited that they included my very favorite quote from "Cars," which I think very well illustrates what cervical checks do and do not tell us.

6 ways to progress in labor

You've probably heard about measuring progression in labor through dilation ("6 centimeters now!", or "Ugh, I was 1 centimeter at my last appointmet" – that kind of thing). But did you know that there are five other important steps that we expect to see happen during labor? Here's a handy breakdown of the six main ways people progress in labor.

The Notre Dame Social Justice Award

This year, the University of Notre Dame awarded me the Social Justice Award for my scholarship and community work on mothers, especially bereaved mothers. I'm really, really excited about it.

We need to talk about racism in healthcare for pregnant mothers

Did you know that, in the United States: Black embryos and fetuses are up to twice as likely to be lost to miscarriage as white embryos?Black fetuses are more than twice as likely to be lost to stillbirth as white fetuses?Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related condition than white women? Read more of my latest… Continue reading We need to talk about racism in healthcare for pregnant mothers