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A Doula’s Guide to Healing from a Cesarean Birth

By Katelyn Gonzalez | March 13, 2018 |
healing from cesarean birth

*Disclaimer – I am not a doctor. Nor do I have medical training. I am simply providing ideas for you to consider if you’ve had a cesarean birth. Please, always, consult with your doctor or care provider before doing anything. **Second disclaimer – I talk about grieving the loss of a vaginal birth throughout this…

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Exciting News: I’m Going to Be a Childbirth Educator!

By Katelyn Gonzalez | February 2, 2018 |
childbirth educator

Happy Friday! And sorry for being so MIA on the blogging front recently. January was a LONG month, and I felt like I had a lot of things going on including today’s exciting announcement- I’m training to become a childbirth education (CBE)! As soon as I became a doula, I started thinking of other things…

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5 Healthy Tips to Kickoff 2018

By Katelyn Gonzalez | January 3, 2018 |
healthy tips

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2018? It’s so true that the older you get, the quicker the years pass by. And 2017 was no exception. For many, last year felt difficult and sad. For me personally, it was a great year full of changes and growth. Don’t get me wrong, I had a…

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Why I don’t believe in birth plans *insert gasp here*

By Katelyn Gonzalez | December 15, 2017 |
birth plans

There I said it. I don’t believe in birth plans. “What?! You’re a doula who doesn’t believe in birth plans? Who are you?!” I know, I know, it’s unconventional and certainly not normal to hear a doula say that, but let me explain a bit first. I promise you’ll understand a bit better once I’m…

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Healthy, Protein Packed Homemade Granola Bars

By Katelyn Gonzalez | December 7, 2017 |
granola bars

I’ve got 4 births coming up this month (one momma currently in early labor, who I’ll most likely join soon!). Whenever I know I’ll have a birth-heavy month, I like to prepare snacks beforehand that will be easy to take with me to the hospitals. Enter the homemade granola bar. I’ve long been a fan…

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What to Expect if You’re Expecting At: CPMC in San Francisco

By Katelyn Gonzalez | December 6, 2017 |

Today marks the final post in my 3-part series of what to expect while you’re expecting at three major Bay Area hospitals – featuring CPMC in San Francisco. If you missed my posts on Alta Bates and Kaiser Oakland, see them here and here. As I stated in those two overviews, our practice does majority…

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How to Thrive During the Holidays After You’ve Lost a Loved One

By Katelyn Gonzalez | November 27, 2017 |

Today’s post holds a very special place in my heart. In fact, I’m currently writing it while watching one of my favorite holiday movies – The Family Stone. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a family that comes together to celebrate Christmas, and one of the sons/brothers brings home a woman that the family…

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Curry Chicken Salad with Tahini Maple Dressing

By Katelyn Gonzalez | November 21, 2017 |

It’s no secret that I’ve been using my maple tahini dressing a lot lately (mostly to drizzle on top of my fall roasted veggies). But last night I made a really good, and super simple, curry chicken. In fact, it was so good that MG tasted it and said, “how did you make it?!” And…

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What to Expect if You’re Expecting at: Kaiser Oakland

By Katelyn Gonzalez | November 21, 2017 |
baby and mom

Last week, I gave the low down on some of the intricacies of Alta Bates in Berkeley. I went over some of the ins and outs of what to expect if you’re planning to have your baby there. To add to the three part series, today I’ll be going over some of the ins and…

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Faux Latte

By Katelyn Gonzalez | November 16, 2017 |
pumpkin spice latte

I am so obsessed with this time of year as evidenced by last week’s recipe for my favorite roasted fall veggies. The leaves, the smells, the coziness – I can’t get enough. As we’re quickly transitioning into winter and the holidays, I wanted to post my healthy pumpkin spice faux latte recipe before it’s too…

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