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Katie Croslow

Daily Dose, Founder

Hi, I'm Katie

I’m a Registered Nurse, Certified Lactation Counselor, Reiki Practitioner and most importantly a mother to five amazing kids!

Having a child for the first time, I didn’t know much about how to take care of myself in the way that my body, mind and spirit needed. I was 20 years old, living in Iceland while serving in the US Navy, and I didn’t have any family or friends that could guide me through my journey.

Sure, I had all the medical support that I needed to ensure that that baby and I were healthy, but there’s so much more that I didn’t know. And, being honest with myself (and you), I didn’t show any interest in learning about it either.

That’s why I feel it is so important to connect with women who are considering getting pregnant, are already pregnant or who have recently welcomed their new one into this world.

Along the way into motherhood, I’ve learned a lot of things that looking back, I wish I’d known or had been introduced to. For me, being able to support women during these times is an honor, blessing and is at the very heart of my being.

Let me share a little bit of my story:

I moved through my first pregnancy not really concerned about how things would turn out. I didn’t read the books or go down the path of what could go wrong. I just thought everything would be okay. I went to my appointments, took my prenatal vitamins, exercised frequently and went about my days as normal as I could with a growing baby along for the ride.

I didn’t experience any big problems during my pregnancy, and then it happened. I started having contractions at 33 weeks pregnant.

I went into the hospital, where they placed me on Magnesium Sulfate to stop the contractions. (Man, does that stuff make you feel like you’re on fire!) Because the hospital was limited on how they could assist a pre-term mother, I was sent to the University Hospital in Reykjavik. 

Here they continued to monitor my contractions and placed me on an oral medication. They also discovered that I had gestational diabetes! The average glucose tolerance test did not pick this up, but high glucose levels were noticed upon admission and further testing was done. 

For the next 3 weeks, I stayed in the hospital, where testing was done frequently for my diabetes, contractions and to keep a close eye on the health of my baby.  

The night before I was set to leave the hospital, I went into labor. I waited for hours until they could get me into a delivery room. Clenching walls, rolling over stability balls, and even flooding the bathroom shower. When I was able to get a room, I was given pain medication and not long after gave birth to my son.

My mother was able to be there during labor and delivery, and was able to stay a few days after before heading back to the U.S. By the time her flight took off I could already feel the sadness and loneliness settling in.

What began as a great start into breastfeeding, quickly ended when my milk began to dry up in the weirdest of ways, and I was unable to feed my newborn. I began feeding my son with formula, which nourished him well, but was not what I had envisioned for him. 

There’s so many things that I learned during that pregnancy that gave me an awareness of the things that were needed for the care of myself and my baby.

Thank you for listening, getting to know a part of my story and I look forward to connecting with you where I can, so that I may be that part of your journey that can help you where it’s needed.