The perks of being a Midwife.

My hands smell of babies and milk. This is the world of a midwifery student and a nurse.

Hi all!
I know I’ve been neglecting you, but I’ve been working 12 hr shifts these past days (as a nanny).

How’s everyone doing?


The amazing Nikki Patrick with her daughter Grace (21 months). Nikki is also expecting another son, Brendan, in January 2015. Nikki is a sexual abuse survivor who spent the first 18 years of her life feeling as if her body was not her own. She has also recovered from a 15 year battle with anorexia and bulimia but still bears the scars from feeding tube surgeries. Nikki’s first pregnancy, with her son Aiden, was lost to second trimester miscarraige in April of 2011. She went on to have several more early losses until she finally conceived her daughter Grace. Nikki had discovered she had a blood clotting disorder and with it adequately treated she was able to sustain a healthy pregnancy. She struggled with severe hyperemsis throughout her pregnancy with Grace and had a difficult time as she neared the weeks in which she lost Aiden. She was able to carry to term and went post dates. She had an induction and Grace arrived in about 24 hours with about 2 hours of pushing. Grace wasn’t breathing when she was born and was taken away so Nikki didn’t get the sweet baby on her chest moment she had hopped to have. With her abuse triggers, Nikki didn’t plan on breastfeeding, but when Grace was finally given to her she crawled up to her breast and she was sold. Breastfeeding has been incredibly healing for her and she is enjoying the relationship with Grace. Her pregnancy with Brendan has been totally different than her previous ones, she emotionally struggled with having another son but is doing well now. She is on a Zofran pump to manage her hyperemisis this time around and is planning a much more natural delivery with midwifery care. She is looking forward to tandem nursing Grace and Brendan. #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrichicago #4thtrimesterbodies #birth #breastfeeding #bodypositivity #bodypositive #childbirth #everybodyisbeautiful #motherhood #pregnancy #postpartum #stopcensoringmotherhood


"For the past two and a half years I have been fighting for my life against the beast that is breast cancer. It attempted to rob me of my sexuality , peace , not to mention my life. I get stared at when I change at the gym, but sometimes a conversation gets started. Communication needs to be open in order to save lives. My lines are war wounds, that tell others survival happens."

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Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Thoughts with my friends and family that have had to go through this. Sadly its a lot more people than it should be. Light a candle at 7pm to remember the baby angels ♡


& a gif so you can actually see the entirety of my growing belly. 


& a gif so you can actually see the entirety of my growing belly. 

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my friends are having a baby like.. now? tomorrow? super soon anyway! and i shot them last week, really classic pregnancy photos, but this one turned out pretty sweet and still intimate and loving. + they are lovely people. wish them all the best!

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Julie Rings Photography #mother #daughter #kisses

How beautiful!

Love begins in the womb.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Are the symptoms to a UTI similar to early pregnancy symptoms :)
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi anon, 

no, not really. Besides having to pee a lot, nausea, vomiting and feeling a pressure in the pelvis, the symptoms are quite different.

The symptoms of a UTI depend on where the infection is happening, but some symptoms appear with all types:

  • a burning sensation when urinating,
  • strong- smelling urine,
  • urinating a lot of times, but not a lot of urine, 
  • cloudy, red, pink or brown urine,
  • a strong urge to urinate,
  • pelvic pain in women, rectal pain in men.

Now depending on where the infection is happening other symptoms might join in, like upper back pain, fever, abdominal pain, shaking and chills, nausea and vomiting.

Early signs of pregnancy include:

  • spotting,
  • breast changes - darkening of the nipples,
  • change in energy levels (feeling sleepy, tired),
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • frequent urination,
  • missing one or more periods.

Hope I helped.




Yepp, it’s Shark Week, so we’re talking about periods! Here’s a refresher on how you should be using your menstrual products:

Most people use pads, tampons, or menstrual cups to collect their period flow and protect their clothes from stains. You can buy pads and…