Lightning Crotch

Lightning Crotch – What Is Effacement?

Recently, a laboring mother had us, her birth team, laughing and giggling with the words she used to describe the sensations she was having.  A particularly funny phrase she kept using was “Lightning Crotch.” This is a stinging, burning, pins and needles type of feeling right in the crotch, not during a contraction but in between or…

Pregnancy & Infant Loss

My Pregnancy Loss

This is my personal story about pregnancy loss and it may be triggering for some. After my first son was born via emergency cesarean with a special scar, I longed for a VBAC and peaceful happy birth experience. Four and a half years later I was pregnant again. Soon after discovering I was pregnant the morning…

Baby Shane

Shane’s Birth Story

Eight years ago today I gave birth to my first son, Shane. I have never published his birth story and it seemed appropriate today to share it. (*This story may be triggering for some.) “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that…

Choosing your hospital and doctor for childbirth

How Are You Choosing Your Hospital & Care Provider?

You will remember giving birth for the rest of your life. It is a sacred event that should be a loving and happy experience. There are many factors that will determine the outcome of your birth, including your health, genetics, any previous births, where you choose to give birth and who your care provider is.…

buddha belly birth happy

Welcome To Buddha Belly

Welcome to Buddha Belly Birth! We are very excited to have finally given birth to this new brand for the business and are looking forward to what the future holds. Having been a doula and a birth advocate in the Tampa area for years (without a blog! just a website) I have many blog posts…

buddha belly babies

Why Buddha Belly?

You may be wondering how I came to give this name to my birth business. It might not be as generic as some names I could have chosen, but when something feels right sometimes you just gotta go with it! A brand is just an emblem that reflects who you are on the inside, and…