Category Archives: Blog Entries

Build Your Village - How to Get Out and Meet Other Moms or Parents in North and South Austin

Creating a local support system can be very important to keeping your sanity as a new parent. Once you join the Heirloom Family you’ll always have a built in community! Whether its a meal train, holding your newborn so you can take a shower, or meeting up for coffee to get you out of the […]

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Summer’s Birth - “My body knew what it needed to do.”

December 20 was my due date, but on Friday, December 11, 2015 I started having “cramping” sensations while at work. The week before on Sunday morning, I lost part of my mucous plug and started to get excited, but nothing else happened. I saw my midwife, Mandy, and was told I could go into labor […]

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Happy New Year Austin! From Heirloom Midwifery and the Home Birth Babies of 2015

It was a busy year for home birth in Austin! Heirloom Midwifery and the babies of 2015 wish you a Happy New Year. We all look forward to meeting the new additions 2016 will bring to our family. Love, Titus, Elliott, David, Emerson, Quinn, Clover, Max, Juniper, Nala, Kaia, Judas, Sawyer, Ada, Cade, Inaura, Lam, […]

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Rene’s Birth Story

My due date was October 3rd, everyone said second babies come earlier so when Genevieve said she would be leaving town October 10th I didn’t think it would be a problem. October 10th came and went, still pregnant. Sunday October 12th I wasn’t feeling so hot, I checked my blood pressure and it was abnormally […]

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The Soundtrack of my Birth - My Natural Labor Playlist and How Music Helped Me Cope

How Music Helped Me Get Through Labor by former client, Lola Watson I’ve always loved music. How it can take you back to a special memory. The soundtrack to Runaway Bride takes me back to growing up when I would listen to my walkman and make up dances on my back porch. I still can’t […]

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Water Birth for Labor Comfort - Explore Tub Options

Laboring and giving birth in the water has become a staple of the natural pregnancy and home birth movement over the years. But water birth isn’t just a midwifery-based fad, it is highly recommended by Austin midwives because of the many benefits to the labor, mama, and baby. These include but are not limited to […]

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The Birth of Jimmie Pepper - “She looked right at us and cried a little.”

After making the decision to have a home birth, came the task of finding a midwife. We were overwhelmed by how many midwives there were to choose from in Austin.  So many well qualified ladies to chose from.  My amazing friend and doula, Tanya Phillips, gave me a list of midwives she enjoyed working with […]

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Why I Didn’t Push My Baby Out (And You Shouldn’t, Either)

This is a guest post by one of the Heirloom Family, Jessie Edwards. Enjoy! Yes, I had a vaginal birth. No, I didn’t push my baby out. I wanted to. I had every intention to. I just… didn’t end up doing it this time. First let’s talk about how the birth of baby number one […]

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More Turkey, Less Stress - A Holiday Wellness Guide by Mandy

Mandy’s Stress Management Strategies Stress during the holiday season is inevitable. Allowing stress to negatively impact your health is not. When you feel the stress taking hold, ask yourself these questions: Is this stress good? Is the situation causing stress something I want to work through and see the other side of? Is this bad […]

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What I Love About Midwifery Care - “She is a wellness expert”

This blog submitted by a client covered so many aspects of what makes the relationship between midwife and family important I’ll just let her speak for herself: I transferred my care to Mandy when I was 24 weeks pregnant from a Medicaid covered clinic. Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful that the state offered […]

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