Friday Finds: jewelry for activists, traveling responsibly, the 3.5 rule, and more! by Meredith Westin

What a week! Between the storms, the lunar eclipse, and the full moon, I was sure that my last three July clients would call me at some point but Nope! I didn’t hear from anyone until Thursday night! TBD on whether any of my clients give birth today. When I wasn’t waiting to be called to a birth, I was hard at work on some behind the scenes business stuff that I can’t announce quite yet that I’m SO EXCITED ABOUT. Check back in next week for more deets. Scroll on for links!

 
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If you’re in Minneapolis and St. Paul, check out these fantastic businesses:

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Northern Natural Gardens: a sustainable landscape company specializing in native plants, pollinator gardens, and invasive plant removal and I am so stoked about their mission

  • Tare Market: helping the planet by providing resources to reduce waste

On a personal note, I’m offering a special on my intimate Real Postpartum sessions in celebration of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week. I’d love it if you’d spread the word! Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds: boundaries, beautiful birth photography, bad first dates, and more! by Meredith Westin

In between being the photographer at a few births this past week, I found time to hang with friends, get some work done around the house, and bike around Minneapolis. I also found out that I picked up E. coli on Lake Minnetonka over the 4th! That explains why I was so unwell late last week. Friends, it was a pretty brutal few days and I am truly so glad to be feeling better! While I was laying low, I spent some time online. Keep scrolling to see a few of the links that resonated with me.

 
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If you’re in Minneapolis and St. Paul, check out these fantastic businesses:

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Northern Natural Gardens: a sustainable landscape company specializing in native plants, pollinator gardens, and invasive plant removal and I am so stoked about their mission

  • Get Organized.: a non-judgmental Minneapolis-based professional organizer

On a personal note, I’m offering a special on my intimate Real Postpartum sessions in celebration of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week. I’d love it if you’d spread the word! Have a great weekend!


Born at Health Foundations in St. Paul, Minnesota | Roman's Birth Story in Photographs by Meredith Westin

July 9th, 2019 | 3:34 pm

When this strong mama reached out to me and Gina several months ago about booking our doula support + birth photography package, we were thrilled. Our meeting at a Starbucks in downtown St. Paul was full of laughs and I was able to look forward to capturing her birth in photographs for ages because she planned ahead and secured our services before we booked up. Smart mama! The day finally arrived and we met her at the birth center bright and early. When I walked in, I could hear the telltale signs of a woman in active labor. She powered through HOURS of labor and finally finally finally got to meet her baby in the middle of the afternoon after utilizing sterile water injections (twice!), the TENS machine, and all the doula tricks Gina could muster.

Doula: Gina of the sown seed

Welcome to the world, sweet boy! We are so glad you’re here!

Friday Finds: the World Cup, #plasticfreejuly, easy recipes, and more! by Meredith Westin

Friends, I was AMBIVALENT about celebrating the 4th of July this year. Instead of focusing on the aspects of the holiday that didn’t sit well with me, I took the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, swim in a big, beautiful lake, and contribute to a few deserving organizations. I was also on call for a few births and got to do a postpartum session with one of my June families. Keep scrolling to see some of the links that resonated with me this week.

 
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If you’re local, check out these fantastic businesses:

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Northern Natural Gardens: a sustainable landscape company specializing in native plants, pollinator gardens, and invasive plant removal and I am so stoked about their mission

  • Hairy Poppins: a Dog Trainer Professional who geeks out on dog behavior and training. She uses evidence-based positive training techniques, and understands the importance of effective communication and consistency while working with and walking dogs. Serving South Minneapolis for walks and training.

Don’t forget to watch the World Cup final at 10 am on Sunday the 7th! Regardless of who you’re rooting for, supporting women’s sports is always a good call. On a personal note, I’m offering a special on my intimate Real Postpartum sessions in celebration of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week. I’d love it if you’d spread the word! Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds: body positivity, travel plans, how to help at the border, and more! by Meredith Westin

If last week was all about attending births, this week was all about catching up. Catching up on housework, catching up on me time, and catching up on editing birth sessions. Here are previews of a few of the births I documented last week: a second baby in St. Paul, a home birth in Minneapolis with Gail Tully, a speedy fifth time birth, and a remarkably serene first time birth. Of course I spent some time online in between editing sessions. Keep scrolling to see some of the links that resonated with me this week.

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If you’re local, check out these fantastic businesses:

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Northern Natural Gardens: a sustainable landscape company specializing in native plants, pollinator gardens, and invasive plant removal and I am so stoked about their mission

  • Hairy Poppins: a Dog Trainer Professional who geeks out on dog behavior and training. She uses evidence-based positive training techniques, and understands the importance of effective communication and consistency while working with and walking dogs. Serving South Minneapolis for walks and training.

On a personal note, I’m offering a special on my intimate Real Postpartum sessions in celebration of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week. I’d love it if you’d spread the word! Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds: great links, local businesses worth supporting, gorgeous birth photos and more! by Meredith Westin

I am nearing the end of my June client load. I had the honor of witnessing two families welcome a new baby into their lives on Father’s Day - one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis - and I got to be on the welcoming committee for yet another baby the next day! What a whirlwind. Here are a few links that resonated with me this week while I spent some time online in between photographing births, spending time with loved ones, and editing birth sessions.

 
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If you’re in the Twin Cities, check out these fantastic businesses:

  • Hairy Poppins: a Dog Trainer Professional who geeks out on dog behavior and training. She uses evidence-based positive training techniques, and understands the importance of effective communication and consistency while working with and walking dogs. Serving South Minneapolis for walks and training.

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Northern Natural Gardens: a sustainable landscape company specializing in native plants, pollinator gardens, and invasive plant removal and I am so stoked about their mission

On a personal note, I spent some time with a different kind of client this week doing a Website Review. If you are a doula, birth photographer, or other kind of birth worker in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or the surrounding areas and you’d like to grow your business, get in touch! Also, I’m offering a special on my intimate Real Postpartum sessions in celebration of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week. I’d love it if you’d spread the word! Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds: ethical clothing, sustainable landscaping, why to make plans on Sunday evening, and more! by Meredith Westin

I am in the thick of a very busy and birth-filled June. As I recover from being on the welcoming committee for new babies and wait for the next call to photograph a birth, I’ve been laying low, sticking close to home in Minneapolis, and making sure that I charge my batteries (literally and figuratively, ha!). Here are a few links that resonated with me this week while I spent some time online in between attending births, spending time with loved ones, and editing photographs of labor and delivery and Real Postpartum portrait sessions.

 
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If you’re in the Twin Cities, check out these fantastic businesses:

  • Hola Postpartum: an amazing new postpartum meal delivery service

  • Northern Natural Gardens: a sustainable landscape company specializing in native plants, pollinator gardens, and invasive plant removal and I am so stoked about their mission

  • Organized Period: a professional organizer in the Twin Cities who can help get your clutter under control

On a personal note, I spent some time with a different kind of client this week doing a Mentoring Session. If you are a doula, birth photographer, or other kind of birth worker in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or the surrounding areas and you’d like to grow your business, get in touch! Also, I’m booked up for births for the year but my calendar for Real Postpartum sessions is wide open, and I would love to capture you and your little one(s) at whatever stage of postpartum you’re in. Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds: Father’s Day gift guides, binge-worthy shows, implicit bias, non-binary words, and more! by Meredith Westin

I have a handful of clients who expect to deliver their babies in June, which means that I am very on call right now. I’ve been laying low, sticking close to home, and making sure that I charge my batteries (literally and figuratively, ha!). While I wait for one of my birth photography clients to call me in, I fill time by riding my bike, kayaking the Minneapolis lakes, browsing design blogs, curling up with a good book, and experimenting with new recipes. Here are a few things that resonated with me this week while I browsed websites in between editing Birth Stories and Real Postpartum photo sessions.

 
 

If you’re in the Twin Cities, check out these great free events in Minneapolis and St. Paul:

  • Free pics of your dog by Leslie Plesser of Shuttersmack at the Copilot Dog Outfitters anniversary party: 12-3 on June 8

  • National Get Outdoors Day: Powderhorn Park, 4-8 p.m. on June 7

  • Summer Flower Show: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily from April 27-Sept. 29

  • Rose and Melvin Smith: Remembering Rondo: Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

  • 4th Annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes: The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 8 and 9

  • Juneteenth Celebration: North Regional Library, 1-3 p.m. on June 9

Also in the Twin Cities:

On a personal note, I’m almost completely booked for birth photography sessions in 2019! If you’re birthing in November in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or the surrounding areas, get in touch! As always, my calendar for Real Postpartum sessions is wide open, and I would love to capture you and your little one(s) at whatever stage of postpartum you’re in. Have a great weekend!