Birth Blog

Wingin’ It

by Julia West on October 23, 2015

I have been really loving my job lately. This year I’ve met some of the sweetest couples and I’m excited for the babies who will join these happy homes. I get to see these couples really bond while they plan and prepare together for the arrival of their baby. Not every one has had the […]

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Guest Post: Two Births, Two Brothers

by Julia West on July 29, 2015

This post was written by a dear friend who shared her VBAC journey with me. During her last pregnancy, she was heavily on my heart and frequently in my prayers. If there was ever a kind hearted, genuinely faithful, self-sacrificial mama, this is her and those traits shine through in her writing. I appreciate her […]

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This Is Why What We Eat Matters

by Julia West on June 16, 2015

During the second week of Birth Boot Camp classes, we discuss nutrition. We talk about the benefits of nourishing our bodies and our babies well, then each week we really emphasize the importance of healthy habits. And I have to admit, until a couple of years ago, I really didn’t believe it mattered.   For […]

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Last Fall I had a fairly crazy schedule. I was pregnant, working part-time from home, moving into a new house, chasing around a two year old adventurer and teaching two overlapping Birth Boot Camp series. It is was a really busy time, but a very rewarding few months. I met some of the sweetest couples […]

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This really has nothing to do with birth. Except maybe birth order.   I was talking with a family friend the other day and he made the observation that I have a similar personality to my dad. While I appreciate all the ways that this is a compliment, I felt the need to qualify the […]

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Maydin’s Birth Story

by Julia West on January 14, 2015

I wondered when I would get a chance to write another birth story and how it would go… I am so thankful this is it. This pregnancy came at such a perfect time. We had moved from Austin to DFW, Trevor had started his job at UTA and his health was on the upswing. We […]

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What If You Have a Big Baby?

by Julia West on August 21, 2014

I have recently heard of and even witnessed the births of some big babies and I wanted to share some encouragement with other moms expecting big babies! I know some mamas are really intimidated by the thought of birthing a baby that is considered big, or even if she feels small in proportion to her […]

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My #1 Piece of Advice to New Moms

by Julia West on May 12, 2014

I am a big believer in not offering unsolicited advice. People do not usually want to hear it unless they ask. But every once in a while, an opportunity will present itself to offer advice to a mom of a newborn. Often, it’s adding a slip of paper to a “wisdom” basket at a baby […]

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Fast Labor 15 Days Past This Mama’s Due Date

by Julia West on March 4, 2014

When we moved to Austin, this mama and I became fast friends. We bonded over our common faith, her pregnancy, natural health and our mutual love for Colorado ski slopes. I am so proud of her for showing such patience and contentment during the (many!) days that passed after her due date. She is such […]

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Where Should the Baby Sleep?

by Julia West on February 20, 2014

Inevitably after a glowing couple brings home their little bundle, the questions start coming in about where and how the baby sleeps. Somehow these poor babes get labeled as “good” or “bad” based on how many hours a day they consistently sleep. Parents are encouraged to train them to sleep through the night and in […]

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