Birthing at home for the first time…..

These past few months have brought quite a few new babies into the world!  Most of these births were to mothers who had birthed their older children in the hospital.  A few of the women were having their last baby, and wanted to have the experience of giving birth at home.  Some had good hospital… Read more »

Bringing home birth to the Birth Center

It’s been a long time in the works, but CPM’s are now able to attend births at Birth Centers in New Jersey! I am so excited to offer this option for clients! Maybe you are considering a home birth rather than a hospital delivery but still aren’t entirely certain which is right for you. The… Read more »

4 Tips on Having a Natural Birth

Home Birthing Tips

Over the past few years, more expecting mothers have been interested in giving birth naturally. Giving birth is a beautiful process and many mothers are making the switch to natural births because they want to be fully present in their experience, without the use of pain relievers and other drugs. Whether you’re planning to get… Read more »

Using Water to Manage Labor Pain

Home Birth with Mid Wife

Many woman get uncomfortable thinking of the pain associated with childbirth. Although epidurals do a great job reducing the pain, there are still many risks attached to receiving an epidural during delivery. If you’re looking for a natural, unmedicated alternative for pain relief, consider water immersion. Most hospitals avoid using any form of water therapy… Read more »

A midwife-mama relationship

I have been thinking a lot lately of the relationship between a midwife and her clients.  When a woman is looking for a midwife to attend her birth at home, I believe she has the expectation that this person she is looking for will help to educate her about her choices and empower her through her… Read more »

Support for your home birth

Often during prenatal visits my clients and I discuss who they’d like to have at their home the day of their birth.  Some will have a doula, some family and/or friends.  Many choose to have their children with them, with a caretaker there specifically for the child.  Whoever my clients choose to have with them,… Read more »

Postpartum home visits

There is something so very special about caring for a woman and her baby in her own home.  There is a sense of peace and sacredness in her own space in the days following her baby’s birth.  No matter if this is her first or fifth baby, that energy is still present and revered. I will… Read more »

Welcoming Caleb

Sunday night we went to our church’s youth group meeting, It was a final goodbye to the youth pastor and he wanted to go out with a prayer and worship service. So I spent the evening losing myself in worship, getting prayed over and reconnecting with God. My relationship with God has suffered a lot… Read more »

Violet Skye’s Birth Story, Written by Doula, Jessica Koester

The Birth of Violet Skye: November 3rd, 2014 It was 4:30am, 5 days before her EDD, when Laura woke to a contraction. Could this be the day? She let Michael sleep while she timed a few. They seemed to be about 5minutes apart, a minute long but very mild. She ate some breakfast and took… Read more »