Mom Guilt Is A Thing

When I got my first teaching job, I was beyond thrilled. I was absolutely ecstatic! In such a competitive market, I felt like I had hit the jackpot with the job I had been offered. Two weeks later, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I was crushed (a completely different story all together!) I knew that … Read More

Heidi ShulistaMom Guilt Is A Thing

It’s Really Me That Should Be Thanking You

Tonight I did something I haven’t done in quite a long time and it was good. It was really good. I keep a box full of all the thank you cards, little notes, and pictures of all of my clients. It’s jammed packed full of hand written memories. Kind and thoughtful words written by women after going through one of … Read More

Heidi ShulistaIt’s Really Me That Should Be Thanking You

Things I Learned About Tearing Near The Top

Yep it can happen. You can indeed tear “the wrong way”. I did not even know this was possible until I felt a slight pain and heard the doctor say, “Sorry but I have to stitch up near your clitoris.” MY WHAT!? How was that even possible! Although tearing sounds scary, here are some things I learned from my experience of tearing up … Read More

Heidi ShulistaThings I Learned About Tearing Near The Top

Nevermind That, It’s Just My Biological Clock Ticking

  Tick tock tick tock…Do you hear that? TICK TOCK TICK TOCK.  Seriously…do you hear that? I can’t be the only one who can hear my biological clock ticking. That sucker is loud. Like a constant reminder that I’m running out of time.   My husband and I have talked about adding another to our brood…but either the time wasn’t … Read More

Heidi ShulistaNevermind That, It’s Just My Biological Clock Ticking

How I Can Keep My Vagina From Tearing?

I’ve been a doula for a long time now. One thing I have noticed about women that I work with is that they all seem to have one thing in common- they are all scared to death ( or at least concerned) of what will happen to their vagina during the birth! They have questions like “will it burn?”, “what … Read More

Heidi ShulistaHow I Can Keep My Vagina From Tearing?

Sarah Darby, Midwife, Answers Some Intriguing Questions With Heidi Shulista

I got the chance to sit down with Sarah Darby, a midwife at Women’s Healthcare Group in Overland Park Ks. I wanted to get a feel for who Sarah is as a person since so many of our clients see her as their health care provider. I am often asked about her and what she’s like. Well, here ya go! … Read More

Heidi ShulistaSarah Darby, Midwife, Answers Some Intriguing Questions With Heidi Shulista

Postpartum Doulas Do That

At least three times a week my mom comes to my house to hang out, clean my kitchen, and help wrangle my toddler. She doesn’t clean my kitchen because she enjoys it or because I really dislike cleaning my own house.  She does it because she knows it benefits my mental health to focus less on my kitchen and focus … Read More

Heidi ShulistaPostpartum Doulas Do That

If Only I Had A Doula When I Got Married

I was young when I got married, 21 by not even 2 months to be exact. None of my friends were getting married. They were all still partying and working towards an advanced degree or getting started in the ideal career. I was alone when it came to my peers. I was the first. I was sort of used to … Read More

Heidi ShulistaIf Only I Had A Doula When I Got Married

Let Me Comfort You With Comfort Foods

Mmmm…do you smell that? The warm apple pie bakes bubbly in the oven. The fried chicken is crisp and tender. The macaroni and cheese is creamy and rich.  These are some of my favorite comfort foods. What are your favorite comfort foods? Have you ever thought about what’s makes them, well, comfort foods? For me it’s the entire experience of … Read More

Heidi ShulistaLet Me Comfort You With Comfort Foods

Advocacy V. Empowerment – I Can’t Do Both

I want to talk about something that generally is associated with doulas. Advocacy. I hear that word being tossed around not only in birthy conversations but in other fields as well- education, religion, politics, careers. I also come across another word- empower. I’d like to break down how these words are a world apart when it comes to my work … Read More

Heidi ShulistaAdvocacy V. Empowerment – I Can’t Do Both