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The Harshe Podcast – Episode #39: Coffee & Tattoos – Take 3

The Harshe Podcast – Episode #39: Coffee & Tattoos – Take 3

January and Brandon are talking coffee and tattoos once again! January goes into how she makes her killer iced coffee and Brandon looks out for the people while she does! They talk about tattoos they’ve gotten and tattoos they plan on, and January goes into why she plans on a snake tat in the near future! 

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The Harshe Podcast – Episode #30: Regarding Teetotalism

The Harshe Podcast – Episode #30: Regarding Teetotalism

January and Brandon are talking about teetotalism. January explains her adoption of teetotalism in her own life, why it is more than simply abstaining from alcohol, and her experience getting a teetotalism tattoo!

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The Harshe Podcast – Episode #28: Coffee and Tattoos Volume 2

The Harshe Podcast – Episode #28: Coffee and Tattoos Volume 2

January and Brandon cap off a busy week talking about some of their favorite things… coffee and tattoos! They talk about how pea milk is disqualified from being a valid alternative milk choice for coffee, how good Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee really is, and January’s glee at Brandon’s recent agonizing tattoo experience!

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DTI will be hosting its first ever conference, the Born Into This Conference on July 12-13 in Austin, TX! Birth workers, holistic health professionals, thoughtful leaders, and creators will gather together in one space to ignite the birth justice movement. For more details, visit the Born Into This Website!

The Harshe Podcast – Episode #4: Coffee and Tattoos

The Harshe Podcast – Episode #4: Coffee and Tattoos

On this week’s episode January and Brandon are talking caffeine and ink! They get into why they started drinking coffee (gasp!) during their Mormon days, how their obsession with tattoos began, and what it’s like parenting kids who love coffee and their parents’ tattoos!

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Join January in 2017 at a Find Your Village event near you! August events have been rescheduled, but January and Brandon will be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 2nd, Atlanta, GA on September 9th, and Nashville on September 23rd! Make sure to get your tickets because this is the last year they will be holding Find Your Village events!

Fast Labour and Birth Center Waterbirth {Awesome Tattoos}

Fast Labour and Birth Center Waterbirth {Awesome Tattoos}

My first daughter was something of a miracle. She was born 9 weeks early in your typical hospital setting. My water was leaking one morning so my husband and I went to the hospital. By that afternoon it completely broke on its own and my 3lb 8oz baby was born that night. From the first contraction to delivery, was about 5 hours. Fortunately Madeline was a champ and came home before her due date, which is a big achievement in the NICU.

When I got pregnant the second time, my husband and I knew we wanted things to be different, and that’s why we decided on taking a more natural approach to child birth and delivered at the local birth center. My pregnancy was somewhat stressful. All the emotions surrounding not carrying my first child to term came back to haunt me, and I was very nervous it would happen again.

At 29 weeks I started having contractions. Our midwife met us at the local hospital and I was certain that I wasn’t going to leave and my baby would be born even earlier than before. After several hours, 2 bags of IV, countless exams and a few shots, I was discharged. We were so relieved!

After that I stopped working and focused all of my energy on remaining positive. I made daily affirmations that I would keep this baby inside of me until February. Every week was a milestone and I kept repeating “February baby February baby February baby”.

On the morning of February 1st, at exactly 38 weeks gestation, I woke up to my water leaking and some mild contractions. They were very irregular and inconsistent. Some long and close together, then they would space out and eventually everything stalled. I went to get checked by the midwives at around 530pm and the NST showed contractions so mild they barely registered on the machine. My doula met me after the appointment and we went to a friends house, who happens to be an acupuncturist, to get some labor inducing acupuncture. On the drove over, I was mid sentence when my water broke in her car, around 6:45pm.

I decided to have my friend put a few needles in to help with pain management. About 5 minutes into the session I wasn’t able to talk through my contractions (which were coming at 2 minutes long and 30 seconds apart). We made a mad dash to the car and my doula drove me to the birth center. On the way there she somehow managed to call the birth center, my husband and photographer to let them know we were in route to the birth center and to meet us there asap, all while talking me through contractions, rubbing my back and safely driving. It was incredible!

I wasn’t getting any breaks with the contractions, they just kept coming one on top of the other. My long low moans quickly turned into grunts. I think we were both afraid I was going to have the baby in the car! At one point we drove past a hospital and I contemplated having her pull over. That was definitely the longest 15 minute car ride of my life.

We got to the birth center at 7:50pm. The midwife checked me and I was at 7cm. I threw my clothes off and jumped into the tub. Oh the birthing tub… I loved the tub. That was the first moment I was able to relax since labor started. My husband arrived a few minutes later, in the nick of time. As soon as he got in the tub my body was ready to push.

At 8:30pm, less than 2 hours after my water broke, my beautiful baby girl, Elena, was born. Everyday I focused on having a February baby, and I did it! I couldn’t be more proud of myself and my baby. We were both determined for the best possible outcome, and together we made it happen.

birth centre waterbirth

birth centre waterbirth and awesome tattoos

Photos by Manda’s Memories

New Father Holds a Baby for the First Time…EVER! {Homebirth was Dad’s Idea}

New Father Holds a Baby for the First Time…EVER! {Homebirth was Dad’s Idea}

Remember that gorgeous tattooed mama holding her fresh babe that we shared the other day? Here are some more lovely photos of this sweet family. As told by the student midwife, Seana (who took that infamous placenta pic.)

“It was their first home birth, mama’s second baby and daddy’s first. The home birth was Dad’s idea – his mother was a NICU nurse and his father a medic during Vietnam. Mama was a rock star! Glowing, relaxed, just beautiful. During transition in between rushes she was picking through baby clothes, smiling, and telling us where to find refreshments downstairs.

Baby was born in their huge, luxurious bathtub. The cord was over 3 feet long, cris-crossed over both shoulders, and around the neck three times. After being unraveled, baby went straight into her mother’s arms until the cord finished pulsing.

Dad cut the cord and was handed his new daughter, the first time he had ever held a baby. Ever!

Mom hopped out of the tub, crawled into bed to nurse, and ordered take-out sushi. Labor was under 4 hours long, rock star mama.”

Here is the gorgeous placenta with its lovely, spiraled cord, and a cell phone picture of the cord outstretched.

Student Midwife: Doula Seana

Birth Photography: Babymoon Photography

Newborns and Parents with Tattoos

Newborns and Parents with Tattoos

So, I get this email from a photographer and what does she tell me? That she takes pictures of newborns with their tattooed parents.

Rad.

So I ask Jamie to send me some of her favorites, because I of course want to see them. I love our moms and dads with ink! Want to see too? Why not?! Here ya go!

Hope you enjoyed as much as I did and for more you can check out this and that.

Thank you to Jamie Siever Photography!

Belly Casting That Baby Bump!

Belly Casting That Baby Bump!

I never did one, but love them. Kristina shared her tublr blog with me and I fell in love with her beautiful family instantly. I came across these photos and share them with permission. Sexy, tattooed dad doing a belly cast on a beautiful pregnant mama’s baby bump…what’s there not to love?!

36 weeks baby bump…

Enter sexy husband…

Let the belly casting begin…

Beautiful…

Don’t forget big sister…

Did you do a belly cast?

Something Worth Seeing…Tattoos

Something Worth Seeing…Tattoos

Nataly, a long time BWF fan, knows that I love tattoos. Even though I don’t have any, I admire people who are confident enough to express themselves in such a drastic, artistic way. To not care what others think and do what they feel is right…well, I’m always a fan of that!

I also appreciate breaking stereotypes and that is what got me into posting so many tattoo pictures and posts. To show BWF moms and dads that are wonderful and loving parents, no matter what their style is! To me, this couple is absolutely beautiful.

I asked Nataly why? Why would her husband tattoo his whole body, including his face? I was so curious! She said that he just totally loves the art. He has a career (they own a motorcycle shop) that allows him to do everything he wants!

Mikee with his newborn baby girl, Sailor-Rose, completely in love.

With both mom and dad’s sleeved arms. Mom’s finger says “young love”.

Nataly says that anyone who has taken a chance to know Mikee, loves him for the sweet gentle teddy bear he is!

This little girl LOVES her tattooed daddy!

People are often fascinated by my husband.. so much that he’s asked to take pictures with people EVERYWHERE we go.”

I’ll admit it…I keep wanting to look again and again. Interesting, amazing, different, strong, mom, dad, family…are all words that come to mind. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us!

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