Doula Katy #1

Doula Katy, pt 1 Hi y’all! My name is Katy Gladwin. This post is just a start, but I’m going to try to tell you who I am, and why I think the way I do. I grew up in Michigan from the age of 5 and have lived here my whole life (minus a year in Nashville, but that’s an entirely different post). I have 3 little sisters, all of whom are amazing, smart beautiful women who I love dearly. We are all close, and feel very lucky to have them in my life. I am married to a READ MORE

What to Read When You Are Expecting: … (part I)

Why we need more than “What to Expect When You Are Expecting” When it comes to books about the childbearing year, twinkle-in-the-eye to postpartum time, there are a number of really great books out there for expectant parents. For myself (and the families we support) I want a book about birth and pregnancy that affirms and reinforces the things that I know about myself. That I am powerful, I am capable, and I am smart. I don’t want a to be condescended toward, and I don’t want to be worn down. This is part of the reason I became a doula (the READ MORE

Mother Interview: Really Drawn Out Change of Plans

We’re going to start doing small interviews with our past clients, not necessarily about birth, but about some of the little things surrounding birth.  What was hard, what was the best advice you received, etc…  We hope that in sharing these candid little parts of pregnancy and new motherhood, we can normalize this experience for everyone.  We so often only see the most beautiful parts, or the hardest struggles, of  this major life change.  There is so much more!  All titles for the interviews are chosen by the mothers themselves. This is MY interview!  Nothing profound, just a casual chat. READ MORE

Creating Your Ideal Birth Plan

This is a starting point, use the method of writing your birth plan that suits you and your family.  Dreaming is encouraged! Step out of reality a little bit and use your imagination. “The first step in writing a birth plan is to dream.  Let go of all the ‘shoulds’ and pressing realities that circumscribe your choices. Let yourself visualize the perfect, ideal birth for you.  Trust that later you can add in reality.  Right now, let loose your feelings and your imagination.  It’s OK to invoke magic in your dream birth.  Think through all the stages of labor: early, READ MORE

Getting back in the game!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any sort of updating here, and a lot has changed in my life. I was living my dream of doula-ing full-time taking 3-4 clients per month, and loving life.  When I thought things couldn’t get much better, my husband and I found out we were going to be welcoming a new little soul into the world in August 2013.  Winter, Spring, and Summer were full of birth energy, both from my clients ( I attended 21 births during the first 2 trimesters!) and my own. All the families I got to work READ MORE

Cool Creamy Oats and Quinoa

This post was written by Courtney Blake, a local Placenta Encapsulator, mother, student, and friend.  Thank you so much for contributing to the Sacred Roots Community! My older Sister is a personal chef and birth enthusiast. Her name is Mandy Unruh and her blog Mama Mandy is an amazing resource for current and future Mamas and Papas. I am truly excited to share this recipe for Cool Creamy Oats and Quinoa with the Sacred Roots Services LLC family. The ingredients in this recipe are known to be excellent in helping mamas milk supply. That being said, you don’t have to be READ MORE

First Blog Post

Hello! I am so excited to begin developing a relationship with my community and other birth professionals! Please feel free to start some communication! I am happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have. We are hoping to create a space where we can have an honest, fun, and friendly discussion on health and nutrition, birth practices, women’s health, family matters, and home and house keeping (including your fun crafty stuff!)  Please post as you see fit!