Preparing for postpartum (printable worksheet)

There are so many things to think about when you are about to welcome a new baby into your family whether this is your first child, you’re adopting, or you already have children. I created this worksheet to give families a place to have all of the information they are going to need in the weeks after giving birth. I suggest working on this worksheet during your third trimester of pregnancy so that you are prepared for a restful postpartum.

preparing-for-postpartum with printable worksheet

Preparing for Postpartum with printable worksheet


In the weeks following the birth of your child, you and your partner are not going to have much time to spend on meals. Having a plan for meals will reduce stress and allow for more time bonding as a new family. Nutritious and nourishing meals are so important during this time. In the weeks leading up to your birth, you can make extras of some of your meals to freeze. There are several websites that allow you to create a sign up so that friends and family can help you by providing meals. Another option is to be prepared to order from local restaurants that have delivery. This is another way that friends and family can help you if they don’t like to cook.

Snacks are so important for nursing moms, so ask somebody to pick up some healthy snacks next time they are at the store. I recommend snacks that are easy to eat while in bed.

20 one handed snack ideas for breastfeeding mamas from Paula Kathlyn

Tip: People can buy disposable baking pans from the dollar store. I suggest buying these so that you don’t have to coordinate returning the dishes.

Support People

Who is going to help you after the birth of your baby? Do you know who you can turn to when you need help? Usually, your partner will take some time off of work to be there for you and the baby. Sometimes family members will come over to help. If you don’t think your family visiting is actually going to be helpful, feel free to ask them to wait. You need this time to rest, heal and bond with baby; breastfeeding is established during this time. The time my husband had off work overlapped with the time my mom was in town to help out. Looking back, I wish it would not have overlapped.

Postpartum doulas are another great resource. Their job is to help new moms. I recently went into more detail about the role of postpartum doulas. Read that here. If you need help finding a doula, check out my doula resource page,.


If you plan on breastfeeding, being prepared definitely helps but most women need some kind of help with breastfeeding after they give birth. It is worth it though. When I was pregnant, I attended several classes and read a couple of books about breastfeeding. It wasn’t easy but I felt confident and knew what to do.

I had at least two incidences where I needed to call a “professional” for help. There was a breastfeeding hotline that I called in the middle of the night and another time I called a La Leche League Leader to find out if a prescription I had was safe to take while breastfeeding. These are the phone numbers you need to have on your refrigerator or in your phone.

Another way to prepare for breastfeeding is to make a basket with all of the things you will need while nursing. Here are some ideas for things to include: water bottle, nursing pads, snacks, a breastfeeding book (I read this one), nipple cream (this is the one I used and I loved it), and burp cloths.

The Best Baby Shower Gift for Breastfeeding Moms: The Breastfeeding Basket

More breastfeeding resources on The Motherhood Journey.

Your other children

Have you arranged childcare for after your baby is born? If you already have regular childcare, I encourage you to take advantage of it and continue (even if just once a week) even though you aren’t working.

Besides childcare, you can prepare activities to keep your children occupied while you breastfeed or put your baby down for a nap.

The Nursing Box – toddler + new baby help

How to Keep a Toddler Busy While Putting Baby To Sleep


I suggest investing in some comfortable clothing. Minimal clothing is best to keep you in bed and make breastfeeding easier. Open cardigans and robes are great for keeping you warm and allow for skin to skin with your newborn.


The new mom should not do any chores for at least two weeks. Write out a list of chores for your partner, postpartum doula, family and other visitors and post it on your fridge so that your support people will know how to help you.

Did you do anything to help you prepare for postpartum? Is this list missing something?




The Simple Gift Guide for Babies (0-2)

Simple Gift guide for babies

The Simple Gift Guide for Babies

When it comes to deciding which toys and gifts I want my son to have, I do a lot of research. We try to be minimalistic (partly due to not having much space). I encourage people to get my son non-toy gifts and practical items instead of every baby toy they see. I prefer toys that do not require batteries, are active, not passive and eco-friendly, if possible. I hope this list inspires you to give your child simple gifts that versatile and encourage creativity.
Simple Gift guide for babies

Gifts for baby's first Christmas

First Christmas

Clothes: practical and needed for a growing baby. We get most of our clothes at the thrift store.
Rubber duck: fun for bath time. At almost 18 months, my son still loves his “duck duck”.  You can get a dozen for $6.50 at Oriental Trading.
Socks and baby leg warmers: baby socks always go missing and with the weather getting colder these are especially necessary. We love baby leggings because they add another layer under his pants and baby socks aren’t usually very long.
Eating utensils and bowl: Hezekiah starting eating solids around this time so we needed these. We started out with Nuby spoons. Since we did baby led weaning, we needed spoons that were easy for him to hold and not flat like the rubber spoons. When he was older we started using these Re-Play kids utensils made from recycled plastic. I’ve seen these at Wal-Mart and they are also sold on Amazon.
Sea Snax: we figured since he loved eating paper, this was a healthy alternative and he liked them at first.
Zoo membership: a great gift that you can use all year. If you do not have a zoo near you, look for a children’s museum or somewhere that classes for babies.
The Runaway Bunny— I chose this book for Hezekiah because I love JJ Heller’s “The Boat Song” which is based on this book. Lori Sutherland who teaches my Mom’s class at church described Runaway Bunny as “a beautiful story of the balance of high love and high control in mothering… And a picture of God’s love for us as expressed in Psalm 139.” I love that perspective of this classic book.

Gifts for baby's first birthday

1st birthday

Utensils: my friend bought Hezekiah the Re-Play spoons and forks mentioned above and we love them.
Swim diaper: if your child has a summer birthday. These will make going to the pool easier.
Blocks: I recommend this mini block and roll from Hape toys.
Pottete potty: this travel potty can be used on its own using liners or can be placed on top of a toilet. Ours came with a package of ten liners and a storage bag.

I Would Tuck You In by Sarah Asper-Smith: I first read this book while interning for Alaska airlines magazine several years ago. I fell in love with this cute book. All of the animals featured in the book live in the Pacific Northwest (that includes Alaska). My favorite quote is “If you were a porcupine, I would still hold you close.”
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt: a classic touch and feel book that is interactive. He loved it.

The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle: We both love this book. It is full of animal sounds and rhyming words that flow so easily.
Cars: there are so many options and toddlers (especially boys) love cars. We have these Little People cars and these B. cars.
Puzzles: The Melissa and Doug ones are great.
Shovel and pail: another good one for summer birthdays. I was thinking we would spend a lot of time at the beach.

Gifts for baby's second christmas
2nd Christmas
Toothbrush: toothbrushes are a great minimalistic gift for children of any age. My son loves brushing his teeth so we can can never have too many toothbrushes.
Bubble bath: Toddlers love bubbles and there are several natural brands that make bubble bath that is safe for babies (Burt’s Bees, Honset Co, Poofy Organics shampoo and body wash, Every day Shea).
Toy vacuum: I want to get my son a toy vacuum hoping it will help him not be afraid of the real one. I also want to give him an early start “helping” me vacuum.
Boots: With the weather getting colder and wetter, boots have become a necessity. We looked at our local Value Village with no luck but ended up having some gifted to us on Buy Nothing.
Balls: My son already has a kiddie pool filled with ball pit balls (we got these balls on Buy Nothing) and a little basketball. I would also like him to have a soccer ball and a football.
Shape sorter: shape sorters are great toys for teaching toddlers shapes, colors and fine motor control.
Baby Doll: both boys can enjoy playing with dolls. Baby dolls help with speech skills because it gives you an opportunity to talk about the parts of the body and different actions.
Underwear: depending on when you are planning to potty train, these are a must have.
Pajamas (2 piece sets): another necessity as the weather gets colder. Two piece sets are easier for potty training.
Really Wooly Bedtime Prayers: a cute book with simple prayers for toddlers.
The Way Mothers Are by Miriam Schlein: This book shows a mother’s unconditional love for her child. “So you don’t think I love you just when you are good, and stop loving you when you are naughty, do you? That’s not the way mothers are. I love you all the time because you are mine.”

Gifts for baby's second birthday

2nd Birthday
Backpack: Some toddlers love to carry their own stuff and we hope to lighten our load whenever possible. My son recently got this Trades of Hope turtle backpack made from fabric scraps by women in Guatemala. It is perfect because one of his new words is “turtle”.
Vet set
Lawnmower: My husband and I both had a lawnmower like this that we loved as toddlers. This is a great outdoor toy that gives little ones the opportunity to be like daddy or mommy.
Magnetic letters:
Beach ball: Hezekiah had a beach ball that he loved when he was younger but it didn’t survive our move.
Tool set: most toddlers love to imitate their parents. If you or your husband works with tools often, your child will love to “help”. I like this simple tool set from Learning Resources.
Melissa and Doug magnets: Keep your toddler occupied while you cook or clean in the kitchen. My son has the dinosaur ones and loves them.
Reusable sticker set: Another fun gift from Melissa and Doug. These stickers come with five scenes and matching reusable stickers. My son has the animals and the vehicles.

What gifts would you add to the list?



Managing my time as a busy mom

managing my time as a busy mom

This week I am writing about my life as a work at home mom and my recent journey to make time to do the things I need to do as well the things I want to do each week. As a mom, I am getting busier and busier (I have started working several jobs within a month’s time). When I started this blog I was feeling stretched thin and like I needed to budget my time more wisely so not only do I do a lot of writing but I have been busy making sure the blog looks good and functions properly. I work part time, have recently started volunteering and go to two moms groups . I cut some things out and took the steps detailed in this post. If you are feeling overwhelmed, I hope some of these tips help you.

How I manage my time as a busy mom

managing my time as a busy mom

I recently started doing direct sales with Trades of Hope. I never thought I would do this but I love that Trades of Hope is empowering women out of poverty all over the world by selling their beautiful products. I love being able to work from home and get a chance to get out of the house for home parties. I love not having to worry about full time childcare for my son. I love having a flexible schedule which allows me to do things that I love (like meeting up with friends or doing ministry).

I also work as a weekend house parent at a home for teen moms. This is a dream job for me and with my flexible schedule this is perfect for me right now. I’ve mentioned before how I want to become a postpartum doula to help teen moms.

Tips for managing your time as a busy mom

For the longest time, I fought against making a schedule for myself. I was afraid that it would stifle my creativity but I wasn’t getting anything done. It is hard to have a schedule with a child who can be very unpredictable. He likes routines but a strict schedule does not work with him. Toddlers are unpredictable– as I was writing this I had to pause to change his poopy diaper (now that he is not in diapers he still needs help with going potty).


Creating a routine is a good start to managing your time. The routine below was created several months ago and our life has chnaged quite a bit since then. After reading Creating Family Rhythm on The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking, I created a routine for my son and I. This was based on our natural rhythm. I used three note cards to write out my routine, one for morning, and one for evening. Think of all of the things you want to do each day and write them on the appropriate note card or section of paper.

Routines are perfect for stay at home moms who don’t need a very strict schedule.

For example, morning is when I wake up until lunch (usually around noon). I put a star next the things that are top priorities.

  • Hezekiah potty
  • Eat breakfast and take vitamins
  • shower and stretch
  • Bible/ prayer/ journaling*
  • look at to-do list
  • exercise

I wrote this order based on what felt natural but later I changed another order made more sense. Showering right after breakfast made sense because Hezekiah would be messy after breakfast but now that I am starting to workout more, showering later makes more sense.


Afternoon for me is lunchtime until dinner time

  • lunch- dishes- check email
  • nap* (H potty)
  • play outside
  • blog (create/ write)
  • chores (organize)– dinner

I originally wrote this routine several months ago and so much has changed but it is helpful to see the process.

Afternoon routine











My evening routine begins routine begins with dinner and mostly consists of getting my son ready for bed.

  • dinner
  • H bath– brush teeth
  • turn on fan
  • puta away toys
  • read toddler Bible
  • bed
  • chores (me)– make breakfast

Evening routine











Schedule: weekly time map

Several months ago, Cindy Vanhoff from Reclaimed Spaces talked to my MOPs group about organization. We took a quiz to help us figure out what we needed to organize the most. For me, it was my schedule. As I mentioned above, I wasn’t get much done but I felt so busy.

My goal with managing my time is to have things done on time and for my days to flow smoothly and be well planned, to get more done in less time, to actually have time to do the things I want to do (not just take care of my son). My biggest desire is to use my time more efficiently and it has happened. I have found time that I didn’t know existed.

Creating and using a time map has given me more time each day. She had us start out by adding our weekly commitments. Right away, I discovered that I was not giving myself enough time to get ready in the morning.

The most important part of creating a time map was figuring out which areas I was not giving myself enough time to complete.

Shortly before creating my time map, I decided to have a scheduled day to do laundry and diaper laundry. Before I started doing this, I wouldn’t wash the diapers until I was almost out (sometimes i would be completely out of clean diapers before I realized). Now we are done with diapers but still have plenty of laundry.

Click here to download an editable time map.

time map

Plan your week

Each week, I use this weekly planner to plan out the week ahead. Every Sunday, so that day I go grocery shopping so I plan my meals for the week and figure out what I need to buy for those meals. As I’m planning my week, I plan a day to run errands (bank, appointments, non grocery shopping, etc). Other weekly things to plan are date night (if you are married), family time, personal time (this is so important to me), one on one time for each child (since I only have one child this doesn’t really need to be scheduled), a day of rest (for me this means no chores or errands, I try having my rest day on Saturdays).

Scheduling my time and planning my week help me work at home, take care of my son and have a life. Life with a toddler is not easy and sometimes things don’t go as planned. If you have anybody to help you, I encourage you to take advantage of that.

I encourage you to pursue your dreams even if you are a mom, even if you are a single mom solely responsible for providing for your family. There are opportunities out there to provide for your family and make a difference (for me that is Trades of Hope and being a weekend house parent).

Cloth Diapering Resources

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Parents choose to use cloth diapers for many reasons. Cloth diapers are better for the environment and better for baby’s sensitive skin. Some people choose cloth diapers because of the way they look– there are some adorable cloth diapers out there. The biggest reason we chose cloth diapers is because of how much money is saved compared to using disposable diapers. If you are wondering where to start with cloth diapers, these resources will get you on track.

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Cloth Diapering Resources

Facebook Most cities have local groups for parents who use cloth diapers. These groups are a great way to buy and sell diapers as well as ask questions specific to your area. I am in this group for the Spokane area and this group for the Seattle area.
Introduction to Cloth Diapering class at Mother’s Haven in CDA, Idaho
Store with cloth diapering classes
Dirty Diaper Laundry This blog focuses on cloth diapering and features video reviews.
The Real Diaper Association organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers.
GroVia This website covers the basics of choosing cloth diapers, washing cloth diapers, and the differences between the various types of diapers.
Cloth for Every Bum Their mission is to give free diapers to low income families and teach them how to use them.


How postpartum doulas help new moms

how postpartum doulas help new moms

Last week, I had a guest post from Katie of Milk and Nectar share about being a birth doula. Now I would like to share about postpartum doulas and what they do.  After birth, mothers need to be supported and have time for rest so that they can focus on taking care of their newborn.

How Postpartum Doulas Help New Moms

how postpartum doulas help new moms

The transition to motherhood is hard and sometimes lonely. I want to be there to help. I believe that some postpartum depression can be prevented if women had more support and less pressure as new moms.

Postpartum is not easy. New babies are great but this is also the biggest change a woman goes through. Not to mention the pressures and expectations from people around her. Hormones and emotions play a big role during this time.

Support is so important during the postpartum period. The right kind of support is even better. A lot of people want to help new moms but they don’t know how. Meals are always appreciated but new moms need space and privacy. I had plenty of support after the birth of my son but my biggest regret is having my mom and husband there at the same time. I would have received another week of help if my husband would have taken the next week off.

As a postpartum doula, I want to encourage the bond between parents and their baby. If the family has other children, I will help the whole family by offering suggestions for sibling adjustment.

The role of a postpartum doula is to take care of new moms so that they can focus on their new baby. Sometimes this includes encouraging the dad in his new role and giving both parents confidence in caring for the baby. This should be a time of relaxation and bonding not stress.

As a postpartum doula, here are some of the ways I will support the mom: When I arrive, I will make sure she is comfortable in all aspects (breastfeeding, body, boundaries, feels supported emotionally) and I will ask her what she needs most at the time. That could be rest, help with breastfeeding, food, water, a chance to take a shower… etc.

I encourage moms to limit visitors because they can be emotionally exhausting. The most important thing with visitors is that the mom knows her limits and communicates what she needs with others (i.e. privacy so that she can breastfeed). Visitors can be difficult in the beginning because being a new mom can be overwhelming and exhausting.

My presence as a postpartum doula will allow and encourage the mom to stay in bed. I will bring her food and drinks and make sure that she has all of her supplies (nipple salve, diapers, etc)  close to her. In the first couple of weeks moms do need fresh air and sunlight but they should not feel obligated to run errands (except appointments). I can go grocery shopping and/ or order food for the mom.

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To be honest, after having my son I was not very good at resting but if I would have had a postpartum doula during the day taking care of me, it would have been easier. Rest and spending time in bed may sound boring but if you find things that are relaxing and nourish your soul, rest can be relaxing and beneficial to your ability to care for your new baby.

I want to be available for emotional support and encouragement, answering questions and helping the mom find resources that will help her become the best version of themselves.

The biggest way that postpartum doulas support families is by offering practical household help including laundry, tidying, meal prep and sibling care.

Postpartum doulas help make the transition to motherhood easier. After meeting immediate needs, I will ask how I can help smooth out the next couple of days or couple of weeks. Sometimes postpartum doulas only come once for a few hours and sometimes they come repeatedly. The role of a postpartum doula is to meet the needs of the families she is working with and that looks different for everybody.

We help parents come up with solutions to any problems they may be having. I can help moms with babywearing and breastfeeding. I do have some experience with elimination communication so if a family is interested in EC, I would love to support them.

A lot of the information in this post is inspired by Bear Mama Medicine’s guide for a healing postpartum.

If you are interested in hiring a postpartum doula to help you transition to motherhood, check out my postpartum services or doula resources.

If you were to have a postpartum doula, what would you most like them to do for you?

How a nightly blessing can benefit your family

Alysa from is sharing about a special nighttime routine that her family does with her daughter. This blessing has many benefits for babies and families with children of all ages. Our family has had similar traditions but I love how Alysa and her husband incorporated this blessing into their daughter’s bedtime routine.

How a nightly blessing can benefit your family

How a nightly blessing can benefit your family

When my daughter was born, we received a book from one of our friends called The Family Blessing by Rolf Garborg.  In The Family Blessing, Garborg describes the benefits of saying a blessing over your children every night before bed.  We received the book when our daughter was less than a month old, and I devoured it. I couldn’t wait to get started!

A few months later, when we were actually giving her a specific bedtime, we decided to add a blessing to her bedtime routine.  At four months old, her routine was looking like a diaper change, a massage, putting on pajamas, then a story, breastfeeding her on both sides (if she took it), her blessing and then bed.  The nightly blessing we read to her is the same one they use in the book:

May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord shine his face on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.

We then add “in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”  Tell her we love her, and put her in her crib.  

Putting a baby to sleep in her crib in her own room by herself isn’t easy when she’s not used to it.  The first few nights were pretty hard.  There were even nights where she recognized the words we were saying to her, and got upset as we were saying her blessing because she knew that the next thing to happen was going to be putting her in her bed.  Luckily, that didn’t last very long.

We have been saying her nightly blessing to her for over a year now, and I have to say that it is one of the most valuable things that we do for our daughter.  Here is why this nightly tradition has come to be so important to me:

It gives the very end of the bedtime routine a sense of calm
After my daughter got over the feeling of betrayal when we’d get to the blessing just before putting her in her crib, I believe that it has become something that calms her down for bedtime.  More often than not, when we put her down, she rolls into a comfortable position and goes right to sleep.  It’s a great part of her bedtime routine because it helps create a real sense of calm in the room, which is perfect for someone who is right about to sleep.

It reminds her of the love of her Father in heaven
Above all, these are God’s promises to us, which is what makes this particular Bible verse so perfect for our nightly blessing.  We want our daughter to grow up knowing exactly how loved she is, both by us and by God.

It reminds us of God’s grace, especially when we’ve all had a bad day
Parenting is really hard, and sometimes we finish the day thinking back on the things we wish we didn’t do, or the things we wish we hadn’t said.  It’s so easy to get caught up in all of that and go to bed upset.  Doing a blessing like this one also tells us that there is the grace of God, and whatever we did that we felt was wrong is forgiven. May the Lord be gracious to you.  It helps remind all of us of God’s grace for her, and for us.

It’s something we can do as a family
At this point in time, my husband and I do bedtimes together.  Well, to be more specific, he does most of bedtime, and then I nurse her and he does the blessing.  We’re all together for when I nurse her and when we do the blessing and put her to bed.  It has come to mean a lot to me that I get to be part of the blessing as well.  I love that we can spend that time together every night as a family.

It’s something that is just for our daughter
Part of the blessing is inserting our daughter’s name into the verse.  This way, we are speaking the blessing directly to her as well as over her.  We want her to know that this is something we’re doing just for her.  We hope that as she gets older, she’ll be able to go to sleep knowing God’s love, his graciousness, and his peace.

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How a doula can help you at your birth

What is a doula?
Soon, I am going to be writing explaining the role of a postpartum doula since that is what I am working towards. First, I have a guest post by Katie of Milk and Nectar. Doulas are so important. We had a doula for the birth of my son and I couldn’t imagine doing it without a birth doula present. If you are pregnant, be sure to read this to find out how a doula can help you at your birth.

How a doula can help you at your birth

What is a doula?

Hi, my name is Katie and I am a doula! I love all things pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding; after my own birth experience, and attending the birth of my best friend’s daughter, I decided that I wanted to be around birth all of the time. I love being a doula because I thoroughly enjoy walking with women and their families through pregnancy, labor and the birth of their sweet babies. I’ve always been someone who is a nurturer and as a birth doula, I get to take care of and provide comfort and support during one of the most transformative times in a woman’s life.

So what is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

How are you different from a midwife, doctor or labor & delivery nurse? 

Each of the people mentioned above is a key player on your birth team. Your midwife or doctor will provide clinical support to you throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Usually, midwives and OBs differ in their approach to pregnancy, labor & birth (but that’s another topic). If you’re giving birth in a hospital, you’ll have a labor and delivery nurse who’ll care for you and your baby during labor. As a doula, I’m trained to provide non-medical physical, emotional and informational support to you and your partner. I do not perform clinical tasks such as taking your blood pressure, checking fetal heart tones, checking for cervical dilation, making diagnoses, or prescribing treatments. This is part of the care you’ll receive from your OB or midwife and/ or a labor and delivery nurse.

My spouse or partner really wants to be the one to help me while I’m in labor, would having you as my doula take that role? away from them? 
This is probably one of the most common questions I get, and dads really are concerned about being replaced! Don’t worry, dads! You matter and I am NOT your competition! Laboring and giving birth is a process unlike any other you will experience.  While you and your partner can read, take classes, talk to others and prepare in various ways for the birth of your child (and all of these are GREAT), there is no guarantee that when labor day arrives, that your partner will know how to best support all of the needs you have. During labor, women are not always able to communicate exactly what they need when it comes to physical support. As a doula, I’m trained to look for signals from a woman as to what might work best for her, and am conscious of the normal flow of labor. Often, we’re able to think ahead and be ready for what a woman might experience. This isn’t to say that there aren’t partners who rise to the occasion – dads rule! However, often times, partners don’t know how they’ll be once things are actually in motion. A partner isn’t always prepared for the intensity the woman experiences and isn’t sure how to handle seeing their loved one going through this process.  Having a doula can help to ease the unknowns! 
In addition to supporting you, I’m there for your partner. My main focus is you, since you’ll likely need the majority of my attention, but I am also there for your partner and strive to support them the best I can. This can range from talking them through what’s happening during labor, to suggesting ways they can help provide physical comfort for you, to staying with you so that they can get something to eat, rest or get some fresh air. I’m not meant to take over the unique role of your partner! Instead, I help them support you (the woman they love) at a level they are comfortable with.
When it comes to possible interventions, I can talk openly with you both and help you understand why something is being suggested. I can’t speak for you, but I can help you be informed and feel confident in making any decisions needed. 

Why should I consider a doula for my upcoming birth?
There are many reasons to consider having a doula to support you at your upcoming birth, and after! Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. Studies have also found that women who had continuous support from a doula has a shorter labor by about forty minutes, and their babies were less likely to have lower Apgar scores. These findings all suggest that the presence of continuous support by your side during labor and delivery, and immediately postpartum, help your transition into motherhood easier and more pleasant ( as well as less stressful and possibly safer!)

I hope that this post will answer most of your questions about who doulas are and what they do – and maybe even encourage you to seek one out for your next pregnancy! If you have any more questions, or are interested in finding a doula in your area – feel free to email me at! I would love to help you understand more and find someone truly awesome for your support!

Stay sweet,



The Motherhood Journey has compiled a list of resources to help you find a doula in your area.

Doula resources

doula resources

Birth doulas and postpartum doulas play such an important role in helping moms during the journey of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I had a birth doula present when giving birth to my son and I can’t imagine doing it without her calm and steady support. Our wonderful midwives sent a postpartum doula to spend some time with us the first night after my son was born. These experiences and my passion to help women has led me on this journey to becoming a postpartum doula. Check out my postpartum services here.

Doula Resources

doula resources

DONA International find a doula near you find a doula near you
NAPS (Northwest Association for Postpartum Support) find a postpartum doula in the Puget Sound Region

Bloom Spokane find a birth doula or postpartum doula in the Spokane area

Brittany Furgason at Knit Together Births, Birth doula in Tacoma, WA

Xylina Weaver at Spokane Birth Support, birth and postpartum doula in Spokane, WA

Tammy Huguein at Tiny Toes Birth ServicesPostpartum doula in Spokane, WA

Courageous Beginnings Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Services at C.A.R.E Alliance NW in Spokane, WA

Helen Martin at Born Ready LLC, postpartum doula in the Seattle area (I interviewed Helen for this post about elimination communication).

Courtney Pegram at Small Beginnings Photography and Birth Services, birth doula in the Spokane area (Courtney took these photos.)

Morgan Brooks birth and bereavement doula in Spokane, WA

Esther Edith doula and photographer in Spokane, WA

Over the Moon Birthing in Spokane

Natalie Bee Photography birth doula, postpartum doula

Simple mom style #Spring30for30

#Spring30for30 challenge


I’m a woman and mother who is hardly ever satisfied with her body. I feel like my body is constantly changing (partially due to motherhood) and I feel like nothing looks good on me. I want to only have clothes in my closet that help me feel good in my body. I want to be confident about the clothes that I wear and the way they look on me.

Simple Mom Style: #Spring30for30 Challenge

#Spring30for30 challenge

I am so excited for the month of April. I am choosing to only wear 30 items of clothing for the whole month (not including workout clothes, shoes, and accessories). This challenge is called Spring 30for30 and is hosted by Shawna from Simple On Purpose (I discovered her blog through this challenge and I love it) and Raj from Pink Chai. Several mom bloggers are taking part in this challenge.

The challenge begins April 1st and goes through the whole month.

Why I am doing this?

I am doing the #Spring30for30 challenge for several reasons.

The first and most important reason is the reason listed above. I want to fine tune my wardrobe to only clothes that help me feel confident about my body. I don’t want to spend time feeling conscious about my clothing not being flattering.

Second, I’m trying to be minimalistic but I have so many clothes and I only wear a small portion of them. I wear the same outfits a lot (I actually don’t mind this) and I am looking forward to being challenged to wear a different combo for a whole month. This will show me how well (or not well) my clothes actually go together.

Third, I need to make more room in my closet. I have very little space and I am currently sharing it with my toddler. Going through my clothes to choose 30 things to wear for a month gave me the opportunity to get rid of clothes that I haven’t worn in awhile and have no desire to wear again. I ended up with a garbage bag full of clothes to donate!

What do I hope to get out of this?

Besides gaining confidence and having less stress about clothes, I’m hoping this challenge will help me be more creative with my accessories. Especially since I recently became a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope, I want to be a pro at accessorizing to best showcase the beautiful fair trade items I am selling.

What are the 30 items I have chosen?

I recently went out and bought a couple pairs of jeans from Value Village (a thrift store) along with a gold t shirt and a black t shirt. Having 3 of my 30 items be jeans is kinda crazy for me since I have been more into skirts and dresses the last few years. I feel like my style is always changing but I have gotten more into fashion in the past year, so maybe my style is changing for the better.

I have chosen lots of t shirts. These are not boring t shirts but flattering (not tight in the tummy) with interesting cuts. Other shirts include some dressy shirts that I wear on a regular basis. I usually wear nice clothes even though I don’t leave the house most of the time but I also have those days of wearing workout clothes all day.

My other choices include:

  • 2 dresses– one striped and one black and a shirt dress.
  • 3 cardigans– a simple black cardigan, an ivory cardigan and my favorite: a long mustard yellow and gold cardigan with pockets, I wear this with almost everything
  • Four skirts– two pencil skirts and two maxi skirts (one solid black and the other patterned)
  • Two pairs of leggings (both patterned… to go with some of my longer shirts)
  • One pair of leather legging pants

Each day I am going to post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #spring30for30 (see feed below)

Here’s a list of all the bloggers taking part in this challenge:

Kayla at The Accidental Nomad Life
Shawna at Simple On Purpose
Louise at Talk Nerdy to Me
Jenny at Ruminating Mommy
Hanna at Honey and Huckleberries
Shannon at Adventurous Mama
Roya at Bitsy Ideas
Emily at From Designer to Diapers
Krystal Leigh at The Valley Mom
Raj at Pink Chai

You can join us by using the hashtag #Spring30for30 on Instagram.

Tell me, what is your mom style?

Bravery: From Fear to Mother Pursuing Her Dreams

Bravery: from fear to mother pursuing her dreams

Our lives are filled with opportunities to be brave and to be the person God created us to be. To be honest, I have lived so much of my life in fear. It is so tempting to hold back and to barely live in a world that is full of negativity and discouragement.

I have done many brave things in my life but the bravest thing I have done is become a mom. Motherhood has challenged and grown me more than anything else. I have learned how to love in a way that I didn’t even know was possible. I have more love for my son than I thought could fit in my heart.

This week I wrote a guest post for Whatsoever is Lovely Living. Read the rest here.

Bravery: from fear to mother pursuing her dreams