Self-Care for the Exhausted Mother

When we get in the habit of putting everyone else first, it doesn’t make us better mothers. Quite the contrary, don’t you think? We end up physically and emotionally spent, and so it continues every day. The coronavirus has overtaken our lives and a lot of our sanity. We are all looking for a refuge,…

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

I am a mother, a birth doula, and a woman who has suffered through a severe perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, known as PMAD’s. I am also not alone. Recent studies tell us that 1 in 7 mothers, and 10% of partners will experience postpartum depression that requires treatment. However, up to 80% of birthing…

Kegel Exercises Equal Self-Care With Perifit

Kegels are exercises that doctors recommend to help women strengthen the muscles at the base of the abdomen that support the uterus, bladder, and small intestine. With childbirth, pregnancy, and age, these muscles become looser. I have naturally given birth twice and never considered the strength of my pelvic floor. When my Perifit order came…

Ode to Hope

I wake early as the sun rises over the gardens opposite my windows. My cat sensing slight movements unfurls and starts to paw at my rippling stomach, swollen and fluid with life. The streets are so silent I can hear the bells ringing for a ghost congregation all the way to the Duomo. Spring in…

“I’m a Bad Mum”

“I’m a bad mum” We all say it, right before we confess to something that society considers an inappropriate parenting technique. “I’m a bad mum because…” Right now, while we are all in the midst of the current pandemic, it seems that this phrase is being used more often by mothers around the globe. With…

Navigating Birth In Our Current Climate

We have entered a new birthing paradigm. This shift is unwelcome, confusing, and nuanced. Pregnant women everywhere are reevaluating their birth plans, managing their anxiety, and shifting their expectations, all while trying to maintain a positive outlook. There is a heavy feeling in the birthing world right now, I can attest to that, but there…

Lover’s Tempo and Skype: Mother’s Day in the Time of Covid-19

Mother’s Day is approaching, in the time of a pandemic with the uncertainty of how long this will last what does the celebration of love look like for our mother’s? Here is my opinion. We can manage to make the best of a terrible situation and still celebrate our mother’s in ways that we can….

New Mother

Let’s go back in time a little bit, back to when you had your first child. Everyone called you and your baby ‘new’: a new mother with her new baby. And it’s true, you were new! You were experiencing being a mother for the very first time. And each day that came was an exciting…