Friday Finds: a funny test, daily uniforms, tasty treats, and more! by Meredith Westin

Gather Birth Cooperative is launching our website on September 1, and I have been hard at work writing a few blog posts for our new business, writing copy, building webpages, and more! Because I’ve spent so much time working on the site, I haven’t had as much time to find links, but I managed to pull a few together for you. Enjoy!

 
 

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

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Soul Lao: Lao food made with heart

  • Doula du Nord: an excellent postpartum doula who is now offering tuck-in support and evening support to families in the Twin Cities

Did you do anything fun this week? Do you have any big plans for the weekend? I’m hoping to get out on my bike or my kayak (or both!) for some time in this gorgeous late-summer air.


Friday Finds: the Amazon rainforest, Call-Out Culture, non-binary motherhood, and more! by Meredith Westin

Gather Birth Cooperative is getting ready to launch our website and I have been hard at work entering in written content by one of my amazing partners and writing a few blogs! Speaking of blogs, a few of my favorite Real Postpartum moments were featured in this gorgeous roundup by Mother Mag! When I wasn’t glued to my computer working on the Gather site, I was stuck to my couch dealing with a pretty brutal summer cold. Scroll on for links!

 
 

First: The Amazon Rainforest is burning. The Amazon Rainforest provides 20% of the Earth’s oxygen, is home to more than 400 indigenous groups, and houses 30% of the world’s species. It’s currently burning at an unprecedented rate—up more than 80% from this time last year—thanks in large part to environmental deregulation that has encouraged deforestation.

Now, my weekly links:

Finally, two older links that are still very relevant:

In integrated spaces, patterns of white dominance are inevitable. These patterns include things like being legitimized for using academic language, an expectation of “getting it right” (i.e., perfectionism), fear of open conflict, scapegoating those who cause discomfort, and a sense of urgency that takes precedence over inclusion.

These patterns happen even when white people are doing the work of examining their privilege. They can happen even when facilitators design and model more inclusive ways of being together. Why?

The values of whiteness are the water in which we all swim. No one is immune. Those values dictate who speaks, how loud, when, the words we use, what we don’t say, what is ignored, who is validated and who is not. Unless we are actively and persistently dismantling these constructs, we are abiding by them. In integrated spaces (where we are less likely to be ourselves given the divisions that white dominance has created), we fall into the roles society has assigned us. As a person of color, and perhaps the only one in the room, it’s exhausting to always be swimming upstream. To survive in this society, we learn to hold our tongue, to “code switch” to fit in. This is about survival and the basic human need to feel that we belong.

 

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

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Doula du Nord: an excellent postpartum doula who is now offering tuck-in support and evening support to families in the Twin Cities

  • Soul Lao: Lao food made with heart

Did you do anything fun this week? Do you have any big plans for the weekend? I’m hoping to get out on my bike or my kayak (or both!) for some time in this gorgeous late-summer air.


Friday Finds: pelvic floor health, body acceptance, circumcision, and more! by Meredith Westin

We have been hard at work on Gather Birth Cooperative and we are so excited to be bringing doula support and birth photography to families in the Twin Cities! In between working on the website (launching soon!), meeting with my co-founders, and attending a funeral, I had the privilege of documenting this gorgeous birth. Scroll on for links!

 
 

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

  • Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service

  • Doula du Nord: an excellent postpartum doula who is now offering tuck-in support and evening support to families in the Twin Cities

  • Soul Lao: Lao food made with heart

Did you do anything fun this week? Do you have any big plans for the weekend? I’m shooting the wedding of a former birth client and I am so excited to be there with them as they celebrate this milestone! Gather is doing a special giveaway of some of my absolute favorite products, and you should enter! Visit this post and follow the prompts for your chance(s) to win! A winner will be drawn on Aug 17, so hurry!


Friday Finds: meal planning, secret talents, ethically responsible souvenirs, and more! by Meredith Westin

Did you see my big announcement last week? Gather Birth is LIVE and we are so excited to be bringing doula support and birth photography to families in the Twin Cities and nearby in the rest of Minnesota! We’re doing a special giveaway of some of my absolute favorite products, and you should enter! Visit this post and follow the prompts for your chance(s) to win! 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

  • Doula du Nord: an excellent postpartum doula who is now offering tuck-in support and evening support to families in the Twin Cities

  • Soul Lao: Lao food made with heart

Did you do anything fun this week? Do you have any big plans for the weekend? I’m heading to the Hobo Convention, and rearranging some furniture at home. Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds: a big announcement, beautiful objects, a compelling essay, and more! by Meredith Westin

WHAT. A. WEEK! It was a mad dash to the finish line as we worked hard to get everything ready for our big announcement: Gather Birth Cooperative. I’m joining forces with some AMAZING people and starting a new business. Gina, Emily, Brooke, and I are so excited, so proud, and so looking forward to sharing more with you soon. What’s the best way to support a small business? Comment on posts, like content, and brag about them on your own feed. Follow us on facebook, instagram, and check back on our website soon, if you like! Scroll on for a shorter version of my weekly links and one of my favorite photos from our headshot session a week ago. We really do have that much fun together and it’s the best. <3

 
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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

  • Doula du Nord: an excellent postpartum doula who is now offering tuck-in support and evening support to families in the Twin Cities

  • 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 World Breastfeeding Week. I’d love it if you’d spread the word! Have a great weekend!


Friday Finds: diverse toys, gorgeous travel photos, privilege, and more! by Meredith Westin

Did you read last weeks’ post? I was wondering whether I’d hear from any of my July clients on Friday, and I did! All three of them, and I have to tell you how grateful I am for reliable and talented backup photographers. I feel so fortunate to have found a lovely community of wonderful and supportive birth workers who dropped their plans at the drop of a hat to help support my clients. Once I got over the chaos of the day, I realized … because I took a light load in August, I’m practically off call for the rest of the summer! Woo! 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: 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!