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“So you’re a midwife?” I think I’ve been asked this question about 50 times since January.  Ecstatic, I’ve been shouting from the rooftops that I am now a trained doula finishing the last box-checks to certification.  All the while,...
As a mom, nothing is more important to me than keeping our children safe. Saving the lives of babies, and providing options for parents who cannot care for their newborns is an important cause and I feel compelled to...
I never want to live a life of regret.  My son Graham was adopted as an infant when I was thirty-three.  As soon as Graham’s birth mother gently placed Graham in my arms, I knew what I needed to...
I am not a patient person. I basically asked my husband (then boyfriend) if I could move in with him. (We did.)  Not to mention the conversation where I inferred we should be engaged before years end. (We were not.)  But...
Let’s face it; some people are just obnoxious. They come in many forms: strangers on the street, coworkers, family members and sometimes friends. Their cringe-worthy comments have followed me throughout the stages of my life. While divorced: “Oh my...
Hair Glorious Hair Most of my life my hair has been a feature I have been proud of. I was teased because I wore it straight back in a tight ponytail as a girl. The boys loved the long wavy...
As a person who went through fertility struggles, I have literally heard it all when it comes to others’ opinions on why my husband and I didn’t have children yet. The minute you put the ring on your finger...
Breastfeeding isn't something I've really talked about, even though it's been a huge part of my life the last five years between two kids. When I was pregnant with my first, I didn't think about it much and wasn't...
I am adopted. We adopted our son, Graham, seven years ago. The idea of Graham growing up without a sibling created a little knot in my stomach that never faded. We stayed connected to our adoption agency, yet cautious...
Growing up, I was never very good with money. My family was comfortable in our socioeconomic bracket and my sister and I rarely had to go without something we wanted. But we were, by no means, well off. Both...

Seeing the Light in the Loss

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In my youthful innocence, I did not know that babies died. I had never dealt with or been impacted by the death of a child. My father had died when I was a little girl, so death was exclusively...
To preface this, my husband, James and I got married in May of 2015. We had our first child, Graham, in June of 2017. On December 30, 2017, we learned we were expecting again! They would be 15 months...
                The U-Haul was packed, my second-trimester belly was popping, and the season of change was waiting on the other side of the drive back to Indy after spending three wanderlust years living...
People say that no two births are the same. And in my case, it's been very true. Thirteen years ago, my first baby was monitored throughout pregnancy for measuring small. At 37 weeks, after 28 hours of labor, 3.5 hours...

In + Around Indy

Butler Theatre Presents: 
Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back

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Butler Theatre Presents: Shel Silverstein's Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back {Adapted and Directed by Elaina Artemiev} Adapted from Shel Silverstein’s story, Lafcadio is a young...
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