14 Reasons You Should Give Birth At Home vs. A Birth Center

Unsure of where to have your baby?….. For many, home birth is still the best option rather than giving birth at a birth center. With new birthing options available in New Jersey, giving birth at home is still the best option for many women.  The act of leaving the home environment can interrupt the flow… 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 »

Home Water Birth of Orion Giovanni Solazzo

I woke up to mild cramping Sunday morning September 30th around 3am; it was one day before my due date. It was a full moon, the harvest moon. I had been preparing myself for this day for 9 months and here it was there was no turning back. I was ready; I wanted to meet… Read more »

Welcome to My Office

Welcome to my “offices”! As you can see, these are maybe not the typical offices you expect to find for a midwife? My “offices” are very far from the clinical environment women are used to. These are places that I try to make comfortable and safe for women during their prenatal visits with me. There… Read more »

A long awaited postpartum visit….

Yesterday one of my very dear clients came for her postpartum visit. Her baby was 6 months old already, and this was the first time I was seeing her since her 2 week postpartum visit! She is a busy mama, now having 3 babies! When we first met, she was in her 5th month of… Read more »