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My Postpartum Experience

By Katelyn Gonzalez | May 10, 2021 |

Today I’m getting really real about what the postpartum experience was like for me. I’m mostly talking about the first 3-4 months postpartum, as that tends to be the most tender time. Although now, at a little over 10 months postpartum, I’m still experiencing some things that I’ll dive into later. Also, super fun added…

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What to Include in Your Birth Preferences – Part III

By Katelyn Gonzalez | January 9, 2021 |
baby delivered via c-section

It took me over a year (having a baby and experiencing a global pandemic is a lot, y’all), but today I’m completing the “what to include in your birth preferences” series with a dedicated post on if you end up having a scheduled or unplanned cesarean birth. If you missed parts I and II, go…

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Antonia Marie’s Birth Story

By Katelyn Gonzalez | September 8, 2020 |

*I wrote this story down 3 days after her birth. It’s raw and intense, but also beautiful. Also, CAN YOU EVEN WITH THAT SWEET FACE?! I miss fresh-out-of-the-womb Toni already.* Antonia Marie Gonzalez was born Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 1:34am. She weighed 6 lbs. 11.5 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Before I go…

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“If 2020 Were a Massage, It’d Be a Fundal Massage”

By Katelyn Gonzalez | August 29, 2020 |

This quote though, amiright?! I came across it recently and for anyone who’s given birth, you KNOW that fundal massages (aka where they push down on your stomach so freaking hard after you’ve given birth) are for the damn birds. So, they have a lot in common with this year. The last time I wrote…

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A Birth Story: Felix’s Empowering Entrance into the World

By Katelyn Gonzalez | November 26, 2019 |

I am absolutely thrilled to feature a client’s birth story on the blog today! This client is near and dear to my heart. Her and her husband hired me fairly early on and it felt like we were old friends from the get-go. She used the GentleBirth app to help her prepare for a med-free…

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What to Include in Your Birth Preferences – Part II

By Katelyn Gonzalez | October 15, 2019 |

Welcome to part II of my post discussing birth preferences and how to create yours. If you haven’t already, check out part I where I go over what birth preferences are, the importance of using the term “preferences” instead of “plan,” and how to compile your list. Adding Two Addendums Since we can’t plan our…

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What to Include in Your Birth Preferences – Part I

By Katelyn Gonzalez | October 1, 2019 |

This is probably the #1 question I get from clients, friends, and prospective clients – what should I include on my birth preferences list? Let’s briefly discuss what birth preferences are. Simply put, they are a communication tool between you and your provider that helps generate a conversation about what’s important to you throughout your…

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Do Doulas Only Support Homebirths? Nope!

By Katelyn Gonzalez | September 10, 2019 |

I’ve recently had some folks confused when I tell them my clients are having their babies in the hospital. A recent example went a little something like this: Me: “Oh I have a client getting induced today.” Other person: “Really? How does that work?” Me: “Well, they go to the hospital and typically need to…

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Postpartum: What to Eat to Nourish your Body and Your Baby

By Katelyn Gonzalez | June 22, 2019 |
golden milk tea

As a doula, I get asked LOTS of questions about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. One of the most popular things I get asked is what to eat during the postpartum period. Families want to know the best ways to nourish themselves without causing discomfort to their little one’s brand new digestive system (if they’re nursing).…

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A Note on Doing Less

By Katelyn Gonzalez | May 26, 2019 |
busy train station

I actually don’t know how to cleverly start this blog post, but here’s the gist: I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. I’m tired, cranky, overwhelmed, and over it and I’ve taken all of this out on the people I love the most. This isn’t necessarily the first time it’s happened to me in…

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