I love how different Greater Cincinnati is (and its diversity!) Living in Walton I get to feel like I’m “out there” with land and lots of trees when I’m actually pretty close to so many things. I can drive a little south and be in farm land, drive 15 minutes north and be in Florence for shopping, 30 minutes north and I’m downtown enjoying the city lifestyle.
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I love that there is always something to do in Cincinnati. There are new areas being developed all the time so finding new places is always fun. I like trying new restaurants and I love how close we are to Northern Kentucky. Many of my close friends live there and I enjoy going over the river whenever I can.
I love talking long walks through Eden Park, spending time with any or all of my five adorable grandchildren and three children. Cincinnati is wonderful - Great parks and outdoor activities, college and professional sports, lovely museums and galleries, the symphony and many concert venues, so many theaters and countless fabulous restaurants.
What do you love about living in Cincinnati?
I enjoy the small town family friendly feel of Loveland where I live with easy access to our ever changing downtown area. With new exciting restaurants and breweries opening all the time there is always something new to try.
And I wore that unicorn. I wore it every day except wash days for six months. Maggie came back to the breast then, so I reintroduced kinda-sorta-underwire. I alternated those two bras for the next two years.
Two. Years. People.
What do you love about living in Cincinnati?
I like that you can have the best of both worlds living here. There is so much to see and explore downtown, but with a quick drive outside of the city you can be surrounded by woods and fields. I love the history of Cincinnati as a city and think it is pretty neat that my great-grandfather Stanley Mathis was a finishing carpenter who helped to build Union Terminal.
At Doulas of Cincinnati, we’re not interested in hitching our baggage (birth bags or otherwise) to your birthing day. In fact, we work tirelessly to unpack (and let go of) any biases or preconceived notions we may have picked up before we walk into your space on the big day.
My arms, for one, are thankful!
Paige lives on the West Side of Cincinnati with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying all that Cincinnati has to offer from the parks, restaurants, and sports to the architecture. Get to know Paige and why our clients love her!
Now, it’s necessary, here, to point out that being a Trendsetter™ is not the same as being trendy. I don’t regularly post on Instagram. I don’t use Snapchat. Heck, I don’t even own a Fedora. But today, I’m happy to use any trendy excuse I can to share about a woman I admire, my mom… my #wcw.
I remember my first birth. I had read all the books, had my bag of tricks and accompanying savior complex. I knew what birth should look like and I was determined to help my clients have it. It didn’t take long for me to realize just how misguided I was. Below are the five things I wish I’d known when starting out.
Remind me again why none of my friends told me I was going to get my vagina and rectum swabbed at my 36 week appointment?! You’d think they would have remembered to mention that one!...Let’s start by going over the basics of GBS (Group B Streptococci)
We brought zam zam water, a holy water of sorts, and Khayyam gave me sips of it when I was able. We also brought dates, an homage to the laboring Mariam (Mary), may god be pleased with her--as her labor story in our holy book mentions her at a palm date tree and that they gave her energy for the great work. I tried to mutter prayers, as it is said in our faith that the prayer of a laboring woman is guaranteed God’s ear so to speak.
Miranda and her family live on the West Side of Cincinnati with her husband and four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, making crafts with the kids and shopping. Making memories with her family is her biggest enjoyment, because happy memories are the best part about life.
What I perceive as Braxton-Hicks contractions are more frequent, lasting longer, and the strongest they’ve ever been. I think I knew, subconsciously, that it was right around the corner.
Katie Brenner is co-founder of Doulas of Cincinnati. Her second son was born in early September of 2016 at Family Beginnings at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Katie shares her birth story and video slideshow featuring birth photography and birth doula support from the Doulas of Cincinnati team.
Christy was a client of mine last year who overcame some seriously tough twists during her labor (You're 10 centimeters! Just kidding... still 7!) to birth her sweet baby boy, Ashby, at Mercy Hospital in Anderson. She blogs over on Eat Clean Live Simple (go give her some love) and she's kindly written her birth story for us to share and enjoy.
Whether you’ve just peed on the stick or your due date is quickly approaching, almost every pregnant person has fears leading up to their labor and birth. Let us remind you that you are not alone. At Doulas of Cincinnati we’ve helped prospective parents process a great deal of fears and questions.
Sleep. More specifically, sleeping-in. That's what I was afraid of while I was pregnant. HOW ON EARTH WILL I SLEEP-IN? My perfect Saturday: Sleeping in and brunch. I don't ask for much in life. I swear it. Girls just wanna have fun, ya know? But then you're pregnant, and thinking of everything you might miss out on...
Mother’s Day is this weekend and there’s no better way to celebrate than to enjoy beautiful Cincinnati. Here’s the Doulas of Cincinnati top ten list of things to do Mother’s Day Weekend.
Bengkung Belly Binding has become one of the most talked about ways to aid in your postpartum recovery. This week’s Tuesday Top Ten explores why this ancient Malaysian technique has become so popular Greater Cincinnati.