about me

My husband and I moved to Lexington, KY in 1998.  Over the years as our children have grown taller (our teenage boys are 6’4″) our house seems to get smaller and smaller.  We homeschool our children, and our eldest has graduated high school and is living on his own. We’ve been part of our local Classical Conversations homeschool community since 2011.  Other the years I’ve been a soccer mom and ballet mom. I love photography and I often shoot photos during birth.

I’ve had five natural births, all attended by midwives and my husband, who proved to be a wonderful coach after a great training at childbirth class. My first three births were in the hospital and my last two births were in the comfort of my living room, also attended by my doula.

When my kids were small, you would find me at a La Leche League meeting every month and play groups every week. When I had 4 little ones, you’d see me walking my neighborhood pushing a double jogging stroller, wearing my youngest in a baby wrap with my oldest riding his tricycle.

Although my own natural birthing, cloth-diapering, breastfeeding, baby led-weaning, baby-wearing, homemade baby food making, potty-training days are over, I continue to help women in that season of life.

I enjoy attending births and serving women and their families as a birth doula. I consider it an honor to be invited into the intimate space of labor of birth.

13 Comments

  • Angela

    Hi, I’m not sure where the appropriate place is to put this.
    Simply put, I am looking for help! I have given birth vaginally to 3 healthy babies. They were 9lb 1oz, 10lb 3oz, and 7lb 12oz. the last induced 2 1/2 wks early to avoid another “macrosomia”
    Now I am preg. with my 4th, and my dr just talked about the possibility of a c-section with my last two, but now he’s serious…..I forgot to mention two of my babies had “distocia”
    The last two were born with in 3 1/2 hours of starting pitocin.
    I’m frustrated and definately ready to “bolt”. I’ve never been thrilled about my hospital experiences but I tho’t that was my only option because of big babies with wide shoulders and the fact that I have never yet gone into labor on my own–if I waited any longer, how big Would they get???
    I know you are probably super busy, but I could really use some advice, input, HELP……..

  • guinever

    “Loa” means left occiput anterior and refers to the position of the baby. This is the most desirable position for labor and birth. Occiput refer to the occipital bone on the head. Left side and anterior meaning the baby is facing down rather than up.

  • Lauren Howard

    You are such a smart lady! I was just looking at some pictures of Beth on your site then checked out all the organized research you have collected. What a resource for birthing women! I am proud to be your friend!

    Lauren

  • LISA

    Guinever-
    I have to say that of ALL the many hours I’ve obssessed reading about pregnancy on the web, your site is by the far the most informative. I keep coming back to your site to read up on the updates or questions I have about my pregnancy (I’m 35 weeks along).
    Your caring personality really does shine through the internet via your website.

    -Lisa

  • Ashley

    Guinever,

    This July I’ll be giving birth to my 3rd child. My 1st was an (unnecessary) induction, my 2nd was a high risk c-section and now I’m going to try for an un-medicated, hospital VBAC.

    At times I get discouraged and worried about whether I will be able to handle it, and it’s hard having 2 kids but never having gone into labor naturally, I’m not sure what to expect. But reading birth stories like yours and all the information about labor & delivery has been so helpful in building my confidence! I really feel like this can happen the way it should. I want you to know that you are an answer to my prayers!

  • guinever

    Hi Lisbet,
    Hope you enjoy the birth stories. I haven’t written my most recent, most peaceful homebirth yet–it will probably appear in early January.

  • Lisbet

    I am so gonna spend my coffee break this afternoon reading your birth stories!! 7 of my 8 babies have been born at home. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • Sarah

    I am so glad to know that my floors aren’t the only ones with children that can turn white socks grey occasionally. Come to think of it, nothing white stays white for very long in our house. 🙂 I too like walking on clean floors, looking out of clean windows, into clean mirrors, and walls without toddler hieroglyphics. On the other hand, there are few things cuter than a perfect tiny hand print on the bathroom mirror. Isn’t being a mommy fun?!

  • Stephanie Loveland

    Your clean floors comment was hilarious. I am so with you on that! Let’s just say my house isn’t the idyllic little place I pictured. Scratch that. Actually, I am not the idyllic little housekeeper I pictured. But there is nothing else I would love doing half so much as this.

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