So, just as a quick update to my last post: Arkansas seems to be on board with investigating our poor birth climate here in the natural state! Two bills have been passed this month that aim to look into this issue. "With roughly half of pregnancy-related deaths being preventable, state maternal mortality review committees can be instrumental to as to understanding why women are dying during pregnancy, childbirth and the year postpartum. The committees also help in improving m
Parenting classes before you're even a parent? Yep, it's a thing and you should definitely check it out it if you are looking to grow your family. Bringing Baby Home instructor Stephanie Johnston is a psychotherapist and mom of two young daughters. She has recently opened up The Healing Arts Studio on Cantrell. Sound familiar? I'm not surprised. Stephanie and her studio were the March cover story for Little Rock Family Magazine - the same one you find at the entrance to most
If you've found yourself googling "push present" because you aren't sure if this is something you're obligated to do...let me enlighten you partner! Basically a push present is a gift presented to a mom as a thank you for birthing your child. It is clearly not mandatory and some moms may think it unessesary. However, a thoughtful gesture is always appreciated am I right? Many partners choose a nice piece of jewelry or flowers and I've been delighted with both choices myself.
Why pursue birth photography? It seems an odd sort of job, no? I guess first I have to tell you a little more about me. I have always loved birth. As a young teen I was a voracious reader (still am, in between toddler snot and tantrums...) One fateful day I happened upon Karen Cushman's The Midwife's Apprentice. I read it. I read it again. And again. Then hit the library and read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to midwifery and birth. I loved it. There is someth
Last week I had the honor of attending the beautiful birth of a very special rainbow baby. We met at Conway Regional at 10:00 pm after which a little bit of hurry up and wait ensued. Once mama was out of triage and in a room we reconvened. Mama is a doula and was so calm and collected she made birth look easy, not to mention beautiful! I adore photographing body art out in the wild... Sweet baby Blake gave us a little scare with some meconium but he was such a trooper and pin
Ina May Gaskin in her Guide to Childbirth says this: "Stories teach us in ways we can remember. They teach us that each woman responds to birth in her unique way and how very wide-ranging that way can be...Birth stories told by women who were active participants in giving birth often express a good deal of practical wisdom, inspiration, and information for other women. Positive stories shared by women who have had wonderful childbirth experiences are an irreplaceable way to t
Arkansas mommies-to-be: are you planning a babymoon and need something local/last minute? Never fear, Arkansas has plenty of relaxing options for a great get away before baby! And that is extra good news if you've had to cancel your beach summer travel plans! Of course you knew your life was going to change as soon as you saw those two pink lines appear (although you may not have known it was going to change this drastically! Thanks a lot 2020...) Pandemic aside, if you are a