Huffington Post Top 5 Cities

Huffington Post names Kansas City the Coolest City. Kansas City named the COOLEST city by Huffington Post Well…duh! That’s because we ARE the coolest city, but we already knew that! I’ve lived here my entire life and I completely agree that we are the coolest, and for all the reasons they cited in the article by Huffington Post. But we are … Read More

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Thursdays With Jackie

My grandma Jackie is the sweetest little old lady you’ve ever met. As a child, it was always a huge treat when our family would drive the hour and a half to Fort Scott Kansas to visit my grandparents. Not only is that area rich with Civil War history (the old Fort which you can read about here was an … Read More

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Breastfeeding Avenue

My first-born son, Jarod, arrived at 36 weeks after me being on strict bed rest from 29 weeks when he first tried to enter this world. I struggled with pregnancy-induced depression and it spiraled down further after I gave birth. My level of exhaustion was like nothing I had ever experienced and I had many “all-nighters” in my life. Jarod was … Read More

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Postpartum Depression Hit Before I Knew I was Pregnant

It happened so suddenly. I was newly married, less than 7 months, and attending Cosmetology school full-time while working part-time. I remember waking up one morning with an overwhelming feeling of gloom, I started crying…and crying…and did not stop…for weeks. I stopped going to school; I stopped going to work. My husband, desperate to find someone that could help me, … Read More

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It’s A Girl! Oh Shit…

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of… If you have a daughter or you are a daughter… keep reading. When I am supporting a client and she gives birth to a little girl, my heart melts. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m equally excited to meet a brand new little boy, but… I have … Read More

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Meet Brook: A Doula in Spring Hill, Kansas

Heidi: As a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up? Brook: I wanted to be a counselor. I wasn’t sure what they did, but I knew they helped people. I was the neighborhood kid that other kids would go to for help and to talk. It was a huge accomplishment for me when I graduated … Read More

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How Do I Love My High Needs Baby?

Your baby cries. You pick it up. You’re its mother, so it stops crying, right? Yea, sure….. If only it were so simple. An unpredictable, demanding baby that you can’t put down can feel absolutely debilitating. How do you “bond” with a screaming baby that constantly makes you feel terrible? As women about to embark on motherhood, most of us imagine some form … Read More

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A New Sibling…

A siblings adjustment to a new baby. Cindy tells the story of when she was 6 years old and her mom had a new baby. She remembers her mother telling everyone, “Cindy is so good with the new baby. She is such a great helper. She just adores her little brother…” She confides in me that as soon as her … Read More

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Doula Agency in Kansas City

Kansas City is officially the home of the area’s first doula agency! If you are looking for a doula in KC, look no further! Heidi Shulista, has been a labor/ birth doula in Kansas City for more than 10 years and is now the owner of Kansas City Doulas. She leads her team of expert doulas with pride, because she … Read More

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Trust Your Instincts

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all’ – Benjamin Spock   The moral of this story (or quote in this case) is that as parents, we must trust our own … Read More

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