Kara Douglass Thom

Kara Thom

Kara Douglass Thom, author of Belly Button Bliss birth story “I Can’t Do This! I CAN Do This!” is a triathlon-loving mom of four who hopes her affinity for fitness rubs off on her children, 7-year-old twin daughters, a 5-year-old daughter, and a 19-month-old son. The author of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom (Andrews McMeel, 2011), Kara writes about finding fitness in the chaos of motherhood and raising a fit family. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and at her blog, Mama Sweat. Kara, 41, has also authored a children’s book, See Mom Run (Breakaway Books … [Read more...]

Bridget Foley


Bridget Foley, author of the Belly Button Bliss birth story Sacred Ceremony,  is a writer, yoga teacher, energetic healer, and doula/birth coach. Trained in Forrest Yoga in 2001, Bridget strives to provide a sanctuary for students to go inside and explore the emotional landscape of their life experiences through breath and movement in yoga ceremony, or practice. Her writing has appeared in Conde Nast Women’s Sports and Fitness, YogaChicago, and The Essential Chicago. She is the author of a memoir, Necessary Utterances, a novel, Undertow, and is at work on her second novel, Channeling Audrey. … [Read more...]

Melissa Rayworth


Melissa Rayworth, author of Belly Button Bliss birth story “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” writes about American culture, sexual politics and parenting for The Associated Press and other national news outlets. Her work regularly appears in publications and on websites across the globe, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Babble.com, and Salon.com. She splits her time between New York and Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband and two sons.   Back to all Belly Button Bliss Authors … [Read more...]

Belly Button Bliss

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Belly Button Bliss: A Small Collection of Happy Birth Stories is a pretty baby shower gift. It’s the perfect antidote to the scary stories birth mothers too often hear about labor and childbirth. Filled with inspirational birth stories, the Belly Button Bliss essay collection celebrates the wisdom of women’s bodies and the transformative effect of childbirth. Each story shows that when a mama-to-be has ample support, lots of encouragement, and a positive frame of mind, her birth story is more likely to be a happy one. Buy the Book! … [Read more...]