When I had my first child I didn't know how to take care of my body, mind and spirit. I was only 20 years old and living alone in Iceland, serving in the U.S. Navy.
I had all the medical support, but there was so much more that I didn't know. I was leaving the hospital with this little life, but there was no one there to guide me through my journey.
Along the way, I've learned a lot of things I wish I would have known.
For me, being able to support women during these times is an honor, blessing and is at the very heart of my being.
Chances are my story is a lot like yours.
I moved through my first pregnancy without much concern. I took my prenatal vitamins, went to my appointments and watched as my baby grew.
Then at 33 weeks I started having contractions...
I went into the hospital, where they placed me on Magnesium Sulfate to stop the contractions. (Wow, that stuff make you feel like you’re on fire!)
It was at this point they discovered I had gestational diabetes!
For the next 3 weeks, I stayed in the hospital. The night before I was set to leave, I went into labor.
Clenching walls, rolling over stability balls, and even flooding the bathroom shower.
Then, there he was. Noah, my first son.
I was so happy to have him, but within a few weeks I was overcome with feelings of sadness and guilt. My milk supply began to dry up and I was unable to continue breastfeeding my son.
I began feeding him with formula, which nourished him well, but was not what I had envisioned.
There are so many things that I learned having my first child.
Now as a mother of five, I've learned some amazing things that would have made all the difference back then.
As a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor, I want to be the advocate I didn't have.
It's my hope that I can be here to guide, coach and support you through your motherhood journey.
Thank you for listening and taking the time to get to know me a little more.
With love & gratitude,