Essential Oils for Birth


Brittany Anderson--board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, birth doula, integrative health coach--is a holistic practitioner who blends the wisdom of ancient tradition with the advances of Western innovation. Recently, she's added essential oils into her personal health and well-being practice, and she's incorporated them into the work she does with friends, family, and clients. Her experience? She feels better, her husband feels better, and the women she works with in pregnancy and birth feel better. Even her father, after years of conventional medical care, has come around to the … [Read more...]

New in Nashville! Saturday Prenatal Yoga

Nashville prenatal yoga

Have you been scrambling to fit your prenatal yoga class into the week? Weekday morning class times just don't work for you? Now you and your beautiful baby belly can enjoy prenatal yoga on Saturday mornings! Join us at 9am on Saturday mornings at the McCabe Park Community Center in Sylvan Park, Nashville, TN. The weekly class is one hour and is drop-in -- no need to sign up in advance. You will want to bring your own “extras” (pillows, blankets, blocks if you want them) but the price is a total bargain at $3 a class! What an awesome way to start the weekend! For moms-to-be who already … [Read more...]

Nashville Baby Fair: April 20th

Nashville Baby Fair 2013

Nashville moms-to-be & new mamas, join me Saturday April 20, 2013, for the Baptist Baby Fair. Sponsored by Nashville Parent magazine at Baptist Hospital, the Baby Fair will feature tons of prize giveaways! I'll be there to answer your questions about prenatal yoga and mama-baby yoga in Nashville. My friend Kari Jenkins, prenatal massage therapist & doula, will be there, too. Stop by our table for a chance to win the Target giftcards we're giving away! Saturday April 20, 2013 10am - 3pm Baptist Hospital, Nashville   … [Read more...]

Inspired: Doula Alisa Blackwood

Upgrade your daily routine with a dash of inspiration! Here’s a quick look at why women do the work they do! Meet the Woman: Alisa Blackwood, 36, mother of two, doula (works privately and as a volunteer doula), birth photographer, journalist, yoga teacher. Lives in Minneapolis. Birth advocate since 2007. Alisa, what inspired you to become a doula?  I'm lucky to have a mother who ADORED being pregnant. I grew up hearing about how beautiful she felt while pregnant—and in pictures she positively glowed—so I never thought of pregnancy as a time to feel fat or yucky. (Though I understand, … [Read more...]

New Birth Choices for Moms and Doulas


Pregnant moms and doulas in Nashville have a new option for birth support: Hospital-based doula programs are springing up at a couple hospitals around town. Free doulas?! Whether or not you love the idea, there are a wealth of considerations to be made beyond the price tag. Doula rates span quite a range, from about $300 to over $1000. To learn more about free-for-families hospital-based doulas, and volunteer doula programs in particular, I checked in with my friend and colleague Alisa Blackwood, a, volunteer in the Woodwinds Health Campus doula program in Minneapolis since 2007. A … [Read more...]