Friday, March 27, 2015

Kind Words - Laura

Birth - March 2014

We were blessed to have Jodi play such an integral part of the birth of our first child on March 9, 2014. I was hoping for a natural, unmedicated birth but with this being my first one I also didn’t know what to expect and was keeping an open mind. My husband and I met with Jodi a couple of months before my due date and instantly connected with her. We knew her knowledge, experience and calm demeanor would be just what we needed. In addition to the obvious discussions of our birth plan, she made sure to get to know who my husband and I were, our families and what mattered most to us in our relationship. We always felt comfortable with expressing our thoughts, feelings and objectives with her. I called Jodi when contractions started and while I was anxious and nervous, she reminded me to keep on with my daily life and let things progress as they should. She arrived at our home when contractions intensified and helped me labor comfortably at home for as long as possible. When we arrived at the hospital she ensured all involved were aware of my birth plan and worked extremely well with the nurses and doctors. She advocated for me whenever it was necessary so my husband could stay focused on supporting me. She not only provided me with guidance and support, but did the same for my husband. After only three hours in the hospital, I delivered my son naturally without any interventions and I credit much of that to Jodi. I have become such an advocate for doulas, specifically Jodi, because of my experience and highly recommend her a million times over. She visited us in the hospital the next day and then again when we were back home. While the focus from family and friends was on our beautiful, healthy little boy, she was focused on how I was doing which, to be honest, even I wasn’t thinking about. Jodi started out as my doula and has since become a dear friend. If/when we have another child, I would absolutely want to have her by our side again!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Kind Words - Mary

Births January 2014

Jodi was my doula for the birth of my twin girls. During my pregnancy, I felt deeply that I was capable of a healthy, natural birth. However, twin pregnancies are automatically treated as high risk, and Jodi was the first birth professional to back me 100%. She affirmed my conviction that I could birth my girls naturally, and provided me with information, resources, and emotional support leading up to the birth. The birth did not commence as I had hoped; my water broke at a check-up just shy of 35 weeks, and I was taken alone in an ambulance to Maine Med. Jodi met me at the hospital along with my husband, and she was indispensable throughout my labor and delivery. As my labor began in earnest, Jodi asked the nurses and doctors to take a moment to review my birth plan (which they hadn’t even looked at), and negotiated for intermittent fetal monitoring, rather than continuous. To labor well, I needed to move freely, as the pain increased exponentially when I was asked to lie on the bed for monitoring. I don’t know what would have happened if Jodi had not been there to remind them of my desire for movement, as I was not longer in a state of mind to advocate for myself. Throughout the duration of the labor and delivery, Jodi was a comforting, calming, and protective presence for me, allowing me to do that work that I needed to do, and providing a buffer between me and the outside world. As my girls were born, they were taken immediately for monitoring in the NICU. It was heartbreaking to have them taken, but my husband was able to go with them, leaving Jodi to support me and care for me during what proved to be a challenging stage 3 of labor (delivery of the placenta). Jodi visited me the following day to bring me an amazing mother’s milk tea and to process the birth experience, and continued to check in with me during the following weeks. I will be forever grateful to Jodi for her love and support during this special time in my life.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kind Words - Megan

Birth - July 2014

Jodi was simply amazing to work with through pregnancy and childbirth, and continues to be a wonderful support to our family. While I was pregnant, Jodi truly listened to our thoughts and concerns about the birth process, and helped us talk productively through issues we thought we might have with our families or healthcare providers or childbirth itself. She also helped us learn about different approaches to labor, and gave us things to think about that might not have occurred to us on our own, but ended up being important parts of our birth plan. During labor, Jodi was a calm and reassuring presence, and kept me focused on my breathing and visualizations even through the most intense and scary moments, allowing me to achieve the unmedicated birth I was hoping for. She also knew exactly the right questions to ask at just the right times to make sure I could advocate for myself with my doctors and stay as close to my birth plan as possible. Jodi is warm and caring, and always knows when you need a laugh or when you need someone to take things seriously. I felt throughout my pregnancy and labor that I was her absolute first priority and that I could depend on her for anything I needed. I am so grateful to Jodi for the huge part she played in my incredible birth experience, and I could never recommend her enough.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kind Words - Heather

Births August 2012 & June 2014

Jodi was our doula at the birth of our first daughter in August 2012, and I would absolutely highly recommend her! She is knowledgeable, experienced, open-minded and extremely nurturing/supportive. She was an amazing contributor to our birthing experience, both my husband and I were so happy to have her there! Even my healthcare provider commented on her superior talents as a doula - and he performs something like 300 births a year! Overall, Jodi was just an amazing supporter throughout the entire process - she met with us prior to the birth to discuss our birth plans, fears, expectations, etc. She met with us afterwards for breastfeeding support, to help us understand infant bowel movements, and to demonstrate how to use a Boba/Moby wrap:) And during the birth, I really can't say enough about her nurturing presence - she stopped on her way in to pick up coconut water, was a non-invasive but very supportive/nurturing presence throughout the entire birth, especially reminding me when to breathe and stay hydrated, encouraging me to change laboring positions, even helping me to the bathroom and literally dropping to her hands and knees to help physically support me when I had a contraction while walking! She was also extremely helpful in offering suggestions to my husband of things he could do to help support me and the process, which he was very grateful for (it can be a little overwhelming for the partners! ha!)! Those are just a few of the many examples I could give of her contributions to our labor process; immediately after the birth, because she knew that breastfeeding was a high priority for us, she helped my daughter and I start nursing successfully for the first time. And because actions speak louder than words, we never gave a second thought to asking Jodi to attend the birth of our second daughter as well - Jodi ended up literally catching her! We feel absolutely blessed to have had Jodi as a part of our birthing experiences.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Kind Words - Claire

Birth - December 2013

My husband and I were expecting our first child in December 2013. We were looking for someone who would help both of us through the new experience. Someone we felt comfortable with, who put us at ease, listened to what we were hoping for in the birthing process, and wanted to join us in the journey (instead of leading it).

After meeting with several doulas, we both felt Jodi was a wonderful fit. She sat at our kitchen table and it felt like we were chatting with an old friend. This was someone we knew we would feel comfortable seeing us both at our most vulnerable and human. Jodi met with us several times prior to labor and delivery. We were appreciative of her suggestions and ideas as to how to we could prepare for the birth experience we wanted. My husband was really nervous about trying to "coach" me through labor and delivery. He was worried he would choke, not know what to do, and would somehow fail me. Having Jodi as our doula was comforting to him.

As with many first time moms, there were lots of exciting "Could this be it!?" moments leading up to the real deal. Jodi helped us through all of them as our cheerleader and sounding board. When my labor finally did begin, Jodi was there as soon as we felt we needed her support. I had a long labor. It wasn't what I had hoped for, but it was still our experience and we wouldn't trade it! The labor and delivery experience would have been very different had Jodi not been there with us. We were so thankful for her presence. My husband rocked it (thanks to her quiet, gentle suggestions to him on how he could support me). I had no regrets, thanks to having someone there to help us fully understand everything that was happening and enable us to have the information we needed to make the best decision.

I would HIGHLY recommend Jodi to anyone who was interested in having a doula as part of their support team!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ideas I saw - 14 of the best, most simple ways to be romantic

Romance is in the air, love is all around, cupids out of arrows and all you have to do now is think of how you can impress your partner on the most romantic day of the year. You don’t always have to offer the grand gestures, sometimes simple things mean the most. So if you want to show your love but in a sincere way then indulge in these ideas... read more.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ideas I saw - 4 Ways Minimalism Can Improve Parenting

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For a number of years, my family has been pursuing a life of more focused simplicity. We realize life can be complicated. But we don’t want to just surrender to the complication. This is why minimalism has been so attractive to us. On my blog, I document how minimalism has caused us to do all sorts of unique things:
  • value and maintain clutter-free spaces
  • get rid of 75% of our toys and games (it’s okay, the kids survived and they’re still smiling)
  • cut our wardrobe by more than 50%
  • eliminate paper clutter
  • whittle my collection of hundreds of books down to 18
  • keep only what would fit in a 6×12 trailer when we moved our family of 8 across the country
The examples above display how minimalism affects our physical “stuff.” But minimalism is about eliminating the unnecessary in order to focus on the most important. And it is a mindset that works its way into all areas of our lives—including our parenting.

Recently, I have been discovering how minimalism has made us better parents. And how it can improve your approach to parenting as well.

Here are 4 ways that stand out: read more

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kind Words - Christine

Birth December 2010

Our baby boy was born on December 17th, 2010. Jodi was with us for a long (multiple day) labor. She was calm, caring, nurturing, and supportive not only to mom-but dad as well.  Jodi truly coached us through the tough points in our labor, offering strategies to move the labor ahead. Jodi worked collaboratively with the doctors and nurses and became part of the team.  She asked clarifying questions of the doctors and nurses which helped to guide us. During a time in which I found it difficult to ask questions and advocate for myself, having Jodi helped to get  clear answers for myself and my husband. We were so blessed to meet Jodi in the final trimester. Although she was truly a professional, she became part of our new family.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kind Words - Eliza

Birth January 2011

Jodi is an incredibly gifted doula. She attended the birth of my second baby at Maine Medical Center. She was wonderful. She supported me through all the most difficult parts of labor. She intuitively knew exactly what I needed and when. She was able to provide me just the right amount of support that I needed. I did not have a doula at my first birth, so I know what a world of difference it made having her there, especially as far as pain management goes. Jodi was both professional and warm in all my interactions with her before, during and after the birth. She was excellent at politely handling unwanted hospital interferences, and worked beautifully with the doctors and nurses on staff. I had a beautiful birth, and I can honestly say that I couldn't have done any of it without Jodi.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Birth Doula - Trained Labor Support

Jodi Phinney
Serving the Seacoasts of ME, NH & MA
Phone: 207 329 2773

Doulas can make a big difference by creating an environment where moms have an easier time tapping into their instincts and their partner feels comfortable being an active support person. I believe, when moms feel supported and are tuned in to the process, they are more present and labor progresses more smoothly.

I am a caring, objective and supportive doula who is attentive to the emotional issues surrounding birth. I will provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers & families before, during and after the childbirth process. I am focusing on births full-time. With no children and a very flexible work schedule at Birth Roots I am able to be available for you.

“a doula for me” services include one to two prenatal appointments, help creating and maintaining your birth plan, unrestricted phone support, continuous hands-on support during labor and birth through first latch at breast or bottle feeding (or the first 2 hours after birth), birth story, and a postpartum visit, scheduled according to your needs. Please contact me with any questions.

A few additional services I will offer as your birth doula:
enhance your birth experience
give you full one-on-one care & support
enhance the birth experience for your expectant partner
lead you through relaxation exercises
will act as your main support person
will recommend varied positions and comfort measures to use
improve your experience with breastfeeding
encourage better parent-baby bonding
help to decrease incidence of postpartum depression

Friday, July 9, 2010


This is one of my favorite time of day. The sun is still low. The breeze is rippling the water just slightly. The scrub growth is swaying. The shadows are long. The cut grass smells perfect. It's peaceful in my little slice of heaven. Even the golfers are a bit more subdued. Is that possible? They're pretty mellow. I can hear some morning doves breathing their mating call. I can wish to see their mating walk again. That's the best!

The grass under my feet tickles with it's dew. And funny enough I'm walking and watching this morning grow with the tune I woke up with in my head. Sexy Eyes by Dr. Hook cir 1980.

"I couldn't want for more." May your weekend be even and maybe even fun.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Oh Oh yes!!

Does anyone recognize this picture? I want to get back to the blog I found it on. I'm in love. How much fun would that be to wear everyday? Tons! So I'm enlisting help in finding the maker in hopes that it's for sale. Happy Saturday!
Update: designer found just over the water in Zeeland, Netherlands. elis vermeulen's blog is here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Aaaaaa deep breath and enjoy. This salad is one of my favorites.... ummm because it is full of things I love, ummm because it is bright and cheery, ummm because it smells of mustard and vinegar, ummm because it IS MADE IN MY FAVORITE BOWL!!!!!!

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love and lust or rather lust and love

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Oh, I have wanted a lovely old wooden salad bowl for years now. I lust after the one my dad has and know that it will be a long, long, long time if ever that I could call it my own. A week ago, I learned of a similar bowl available from a wonderful shop near where I work. Today, it became mine. Thank you ever so much to the giver of this love. I washed it tonight and purchased some mineral oil to love it up before the salad this weekend. YEAH!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


This is the bowl I lust. It's been loved in my family for what seems like decades. I've no idea how old it is I just know that soap never shares it's grooves. It's well oiled and well loved. Many a family salad has been served in it and it never complains that it doesn't like the ingredients!

Monday, June 22, 2009


creative succluents


La Fontaine D'Amour by Gaston De Latouche
(oh how I would love to see this in person)

John Wawrzonek