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Meet Baby Bruce!! Isn’t he just the cutest thing?!?

His mother’s bad-assery determination along with the amazing support & encouragement from Dad & Auntie is what it took to accomplish this home birth. Krysta & I have a handful of new grey hairs, but he’s here, safe & sound.

Bruce was born a bit after 7 a.m. today after his parents labored for many, many hours. He is worth every bit of it, too!!!

He weighs 8 lb 8 oz and is 22 inches tall. He is his parents 2nd HazelTree Baby.
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Twenty Four years ago today, I attended my first doula birth. Hardly anyone knew what a doula was back then. I’ll never ever forget that night…in a warm & comfy little house along the Spokane River, watching the midwife hold space for the sweet little munchkin who was about to be born and change my life forever.

That midwife has since retired but she spoke words of power and foresight into my life that night. While I was sitting quietly out of the way for a moment, she looked me in the eye and said, "You’re a midwife. Do you know that? I see a midwife’s spirit within you."

Those words landed in rich, fertile soil and took root rapidly. They jettisoned me on to a journey I could have never imagined! Here I am 24 yrs later, having caught hundreds of babies myself. I’ve grown a thriving & respected midwifery practice. I’m training new midwives. I’ve been across this great big beautiful planet to learn & exchange with Maasai tribal midwives in Kenya. And now I’m in the throes of building a birth center in my community. What a wonderful, amazing life I have!!! And it all started with three little sentences.

Let this be a lesson to us all. Words are powerful!! You either speak truth or lies, blessings or curses, life or death.

Speak Truth. Speak Blessings. Speak LIfe. You never know where your words will land or where they will take someone.
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PROGRESS!!

Our student midwife Crystal & her hubs Riley, hard at work refinishing the wood floors at the new birth center.

Seriously! HazelTree has THE BEST team! This place is going to be breathtaking!!
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I keep saying that HazelTree clients are the best! In case you don’t believe me…this was just served to us at a 36 wk home visit!! Holy smokes. Get in mah belly!! See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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HazelTree clients are so very talented. And well hydrated! LOL!! This woven table runner is stunning!!Hand spun yarn woven into a beautiful rainbow 🥰 I had so much fun working on this special piece for a friend. See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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And…it begins
Cleaning & painting!!
HazelTree Birth House is going to be PERFECT!!
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3 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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Oct 2, Krysta and I attended a sweet home birth of a repeat client of ours. At 6:42 p.m., Mr. ES was born at home in the birth pool and en caul!! Being born in the caul doesn’t happen very often! This is just one more reason why this little man is so special to us. He weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and measured 22 inches tall. He is his parents 2nd son and their 2nd HazelTree baby. This family is near and dear to our hearts. We couldn’t be more over the moon for them if we tried!! See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Mr. R. was born 9/20 at Valley Hospital. Partway through the pregnancy, R’s mama developed some complications that required a higher level of care. Thankfully, Dr. Brown at Valley OBGYN filled the bill. His lovely bedside manner relieved a mountain of anxiety this mama was experiencing and also enabled her to have a peaceful birth. Sweet Baby R is his parents 7th child and their 1st HazelTree Baby. He is also absolutely The Best Snuggler!!! See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Sept 13th!! I was sicker than heck having just got home from the ER with a whopping case of bronchitis when Krysta let me know that one of our FAVORITE first time mamas was in labor. I started to cry because I was so sick I just didn’t know if I could rally. But I needn’t have feared because Krysta already called in back up. Our sweet friend & sister midwife Jenn Brakeman stepped up and attended the birth with Krysta. Mom & Dad labored beautifully just like we knew they would. Zion Ari weighed 7 lbs 3 oz & was 19" tall. I’m so bummed that I missed this birth but ever thankful for the relationship we have with Dayspring Midwifery. You never know when you need a back-up midwife. Thanks Jenn!!

Look at those cheeks on Zion!! Oh my gosh. I just want to smooch ’em!!!
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4 weeks ago

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Sept 4th at 7:16 a.m., we had another baby born in my livingroom. These parents were truly bad-ass!! This was a long, arduous 1st time birth that took a lot of hard work & perseverance. They never gave up, they never quit!! I couldn’t have been any more proud of them! Their boy, Kanan Alexander weighed 9 lbs 2 oz and measured 22.5 inches tall. He has the best cheeks & dimples. ❤ See MoreSee Less

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