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My Birth Story Part 2: “No More Feelings Allowed.”

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From time to time I’ll share pregnancy and birth stories from real parents. While I won’t skip over the hard parts, my promise to you is that they’ll be written in an affirmative way, speaking to the power, strength, and courage of the birthing person. If any story contains trauma, I’ll be sure to let you know in advance. To kick things off, I’m sharing my personal pregnancy and birth story with you because it’s a driving force behind why Bold & Mighty Birth exists today. Without further ado… December 24th, 2018.   It was four days before my estimated due date, and I was sitting in the pharmacy at the grocery store, taking my blood pressure while last-minute shoppers picked up final items for Christmas Eve dinner. The results flashed on the screen, and my heart sank. My blood pressure had been perfect throughout my entire pregnancy, but it … Read more

My Birth Story Part 1: “I Have a Lot of Feelings.”

From time to time I’ll share pregnancy and birth stories from real parents. While I won’t skip over the hard parts, my promise to you is that they’ll be written in an affirmative way, speaking to the power, strength, and courage of the birthing person. If any story contains trauma, I’ll be sure to let you know in advance so that you can choose whether to read further. To kick things off, I’m sharing my personal pregnancy and birth story with you because it’s a driving force behind why Bold & Mighty Birth exists today. Without further ado…   cw: potential pregnancy loss   My pregnancy and birth stories are very personal… and very political. When I found out I was pregnant in April 2018, I was ecstatic and terrified in all the ways people are when they realize they’re responsible for a tiny human. But I trusted myself and … 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