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

Exploring Mary’s Birth Story: what the debate about Jesus’ delivery can teach us

As you probably know if you've followed this blog for a while or if you've met me in real life, my Catholic faith informs a lot of my understanding of birth and death. So, as a Christmas special, I want to share with you a piece I wrote earlier this year about Mary's birth story and Jesus' delivery.

How to get updates on local covid-19 hospital policies regarding doulas

Every Thursday, I call my local hospitals (Beacon Memorial in South Bend; St. Joe in Mishawaka; and Elkhart General in Elkhart) and check in on the hospital policies. In the upheaval of the pandemic, I want to make sure I know the latest info and I have what I need in order to practice at… Continue reading How to get updates on local covid-19 hospital policies regarding doulas

How to support moms after the COVID baby bust

I recently wrote for FemCatholic a bit about my dissertation and doula work and what I've heard the most from parents and those thinking about entering parenthood in the past year: "I don't know if I can do this." Do you want to support them? I have some ideas for how you can do that.… Continue reading How to support moms after the COVID baby bust