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In a perfect world, we could meet everyone interested in Alpha Childbirth face-to-face, perhaps over a cup of tea or a refreshing glass of lemonade. I’m sure we’d become fast friends and enjoy our time together. But, alas, the Internet only goes so far and although we can’t invite you into our living room or […]

Let Me Be Like a Tree

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I’m in Northern Michigan as I write this. I’m so fortunate that each summer my family and I are able to call this beautiful and richly resourced corner of the world our home. When most of the country is in oftentimes suffocating heat (or this year, lots of rain back home in Chicago), we enjoy […]

Beating the Heat While Pregnant: 20 Ideas to Survive Pregnancy In The Summer

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Ahhh…summer. It’s my favorite time of the year. The sunshine, warm breezes, eating outdoors, going to the pool. Each year, summer goes by far too fast – except the summer I was pregnant. That summer couldn’t come and go quick enough! I’m not alone in my feelings. Many a pregnant mama has come to me […]

The Official Sneak Peek Into An Alpha Childbirth Class

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  Last fall, cofounder of Alpha, Annie Reeder, wrote a series on the blog that answered the Who? What? When? Where? Why? Of Childbirth Classes. Here’s a 2 second recap: Are you pregnant? You should take a childbirth class. If you are reading our blog, you may be considering taking an Alpha class. Here’s where […]

Unpacking Worship: More Than A Song

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  I love a good worship song. We have a gifted worship leader at our church that can transform my Sunday morning frazzle into sincere praise for the Lord within a few short minutes. I can listen to a handful of Christian radio stations or create a “praise and worship” Pandora station on my ipod to […]

Warning: This Is a Hormonal Post

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Hormones. It feels like they run our world sometimes don’t they? Or, at least my personal little world. Can you relate? Well this month, Dr. Sarah Buckley, a birth advocate and medical doctor from Australia, dug into those hormones and published a new report titled, The Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, […]

Oh, Holy Night

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The year my son was born in early December was a very special Christmas. I vividly remember holding my newborn child at our church’s Christmas Eve service, looking into his wide eyes gazing up at me and thinking that my understanding of what it meant for God to send his only son into this world […]

My Flight Has Been What???


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I’ve been planning for and looking forward to the ICEA (International Childbirth Educators Association) annual birth conference for a long time. Months before, I had begun the planning process of reviewing the conference topics, reading speaker bios and planning how I could make it work within my budget. Weeks before, I anticipated meeting other people […]

The Art of Negotiation

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It’s summer and our family’s lack of structure is palpable. This morning I was feeling rather industrious so I announced to my two children that they were going to get a few things accomplished. They were to do two things: 1.) unload, then reload the dishwasher and 2.) do some math. Immediately, negotiations began. My […]

Whose Team Am I On?

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“Whose team am I on?” It’s a question that I ask my kids when I find that they seem to be putting up a wall between us. The question works very well; it usually helps them to remember that I’m for them, I do have their back and I am not trying to hurt or […]

Why I’m So Passionate About Birth


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My walk with Christ and my walk in becoming a mother go hand-in-hand. Soon after making the decision that I wanted Jesus to lead my life, my husband and I decided that it was time to grow our family. We had spent the years previous trying to prevent pregnancy so we naively thought getting pregnant […]

God Won’t Fit on Your To-Do List

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Recently, my husband was going through forgotten bins in our garage and found an old list of mine. There on the yellowed scratch pad, was my own handwriting titling the page “Things to do before Shelby arrives”. Shelby is my oldest child who is about to turn 11 years old. Near the very bottom of […]


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