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"Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation. Where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body a miracle of wisdom."

~ Harriette Hartigan

Pointers for first time moms planning a home birth.

Home Birth Prep for First-Time Moms

April 24, 2024

pictured here: me and my just-born daughter with two of her older siblings standing by. Photo credit: Annica of Sprout and Blossom “What do I do with my kids during my home birth?” It’s a question I hear a lot of. And there isn’t one right answer, but here are some thoughts. It’s important to […]

children at birth :: how to prepare them

March 25, 2021

Jesus’s death on the cross redeems us from the curse of sin and redeems us once and for all to be adopted into God’s family without condemnation. That much is clear. Where Christians more specifically seem to end up with more disagreement is over whether or not Jesus’ work on the cross redeems us from […]

should Christians expect a pain-free birth?

January 19, 2021

How birth unfolds is the result of myriad, complex and interactive pieces from every aspect of our self, relationship, and circumstances. It’s probably one of the least straight-forward things we’ll ever do, an experience that simply won’t yield to simplified 5-Step programs for having a perfect birth. Intuition is one of the many pieces of […]

Your Intuition and Your Birth

February 25, 2020

I’m not going to lie: having a low-intervention or intervention-free, physiologic birth in a hospital takes some serious commitment and a lot of proactive preparation. Why? Well, maybe it’s like trying to live in a totally foreign country that doesn’t understand your language, culture, values, or needs. The country isn’t designed to accommodate anything about […]

tips for a low-intervention, physiologic birth in a hospital

March 4, 2019

When I first started looking into reading material to assist me in preparing for a natural birth, the most widely recommended books by far were those by Ina May Gaskin. I can’t say that I disagree with that recommendation at all, because her work is truly phenomenal and important. So consider the following list not […]

a reading list for the childbearing year

February 19, 2019

What is a mother blessing? Why do you need one? Here’s a definitive guide to having one with Christian spirituality.

mother blessings (+ free downloads)

December 14, 2018

A while ago, a friend who wanted to attempt a completely unmedicated birth with her third child asked me how she could begin to prepare. Instead of a quick, short answer, I ended up writing her a long list of suggestions. This is Part 1, which focuses on things that can be done ahead of […]

holistic preparation for unmedicated birth

February 23, 2018

I wrote in my Mama Natural birth story write-up that I’d advise a woman to “eliminate the word pain from your vocabulary” as she approaches her birth. I’m rethinking that now. Because there may be pain. For the vast majority of births that’s probably true. And while it’s not helpful to DWELL on the pain, […]

fear and pain in childbirth

February 18, 2018

The first time you’re pregnant, you can’t know. You simply cannot know until you see it through the rearview mirror. And this isn’t something to feel badly about or even try to fix because, sister, there isn’t a way to know a thing you have not yet tasted or experienced. You can understand the concept […]

is this really labor? words for first-time moms

December 18, 2017

Brooke Collier is a holist doula, christian birthkeeper, and birth photographer serving Grand rapids, MI and West Michigan and offering childbirth education around the world.

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