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My Top 5 Lessons from the First Year of Motherhood

Mom reads "Little Feminist" book to 6 month old baby

New Year’s Eve 2018 Exactly one year ago today, we brought a brand new baby home from the hospital. Jack and I joked that as new parents we’d be in bed by 8pm on New Year’s Eve… Little did we know that Lottie had other plans.  It was one of the most challenging nights of motherhood I’ve had so far. We found out the next day that Lottie wasn’t getting any milk, she was losing too much weight, and her jaundice was getting worse. We didn’t sleep at all, and I’m pretty sure all three of us cried at least once that night.  With some much-needed and just-in-time help from a lactation consultant, a new feeding plan, and a few hours of sleep, we worked it out. I’ll tell the full story another day, I’m sure, but since self-reflection is one of my favorite activities, and it’s January 31st, I … Read more

Why you should own your birth story…

I wrestled with whether to share my birth story publicly for a long time. Everything I’ve learned in training as a coach, a doula, and a business owner has stressed that making things “about me” is just about the worst thing I can do.    On top of that, I typically avoid using the word “should.” The core concept of empowerment involves supporting you to make your own decisions, and 99% of the time, I agree.     But sometimes, we need to be nudged outside of our comfort zones for a greater good, so I’m challenging you with one of my core beliefs: you should own your birth story.   “Owning” your birth story doesn’t necessarily mean sharing it, especially if that’s something that would re-traumatize you. But there is great value in sharing. I ultimately chose to start this blog by sharing my story because I realized that it … Read more