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Welcome to Mother Rising! My name is Lindsey VanAlstyne and I’m a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), doula, placenta specialist, childbirth assistant – and the woman behind Mother Rising. Founded in 2010, Mother Rising is an evidenced based and holistic resource for new parents and birth workers, covering everything from pregnancy, childbirth, to postpartum. Learn more about Mother Rising here.


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Best of Mother Rising 🔥

Lost and not sure where to start? No problem. Here are some of the most loved posts on Mother Rising.

  • How to Get Through Transition Without an Epidural
    It is 100% possible to get through transition without an epidural! This article is FULL of wonderful information about how to do just that. Let’s go! What is Transition? Birth …
  • Hilarious and Fun Pregnant Halloween Costumes
    Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween during your pregnancy? Do the pregnant zombie mom costumes freak you out? Look no further than my favorite 19 FUN …
  • How to Labor at Home as Long as Possible
    Many women in my childbirth classes and those that hire me for doula support often ask for tips on how to labor at home as long as possible. In fact, one …
  • How to Push During Labor and Delivery
    Parents usually have six questions about how to push during labor and delivery. In this article we will answer these questions, but also talk about the ins and outs (pun …
  • DIY All Natural Postpartum Survival Kit
    Having an all natural postpartum survival kit ready to go before birth is helpful because the first week postpartum can be really tough. Parents are transitioning to taking care of …
  • Lactation Energy Bites for All the New Moms
    Lactation energy bites are a quick and delicious way to get calories and galactagogues in the body of a breastfeeding mom. Galactagogues are substances that increase milk supply and there …

What’s New 🐣

Here are the most recent posts on Mother Rising’s blog.

  • 4 Simple Ways to Encourage Dad and Baby Bonding
    More than ever, fathers are present and involved in the births of their babies (source). Some take on the role of doula or even catch their babies! However, even when 80-90% of fathers …
  • How to Get Through Transition Without an Epidural
    It is 100% possible to get through transition without an epidural! This article is FULL of wonderful information about how to do just that. Let’s go! What is Transition? Birth …
  • Signs of Labor – Is It Baby Time?
    Towards the end of pregnancy, women experience new symptoms that leave them wondering if these are signs of the first stage of labor or just more “end of pregnancy stuff”. …

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Healthy Pregnancy🤰

Pregnant or know someone who is? Learn the foundational elements to a healthy pregnancy, how to fix common pregnancy ailments, tips for self-care, and much more!

  • Signs of Labor – Is It Baby Time?
    Towards the end of pregnancy, women experience new symptoms that leave them wondering if these are signs of the first stage of labor or just more “end of pregnancy stuff”. …
  • Hilarious and Fun Pregnant Halloween Costumes
    Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween during your pregnancy? Do the pregnant zombie mom costumes freak you out? Look no further than my favorite 19 FUN …
  • 15 Signs of Early Pregnancy Before a Missed Period
    Think you’re pregnant? Signs of early pregnancy can help new parents tell if they’re pregnant without taking a test. So what exactly are signs of early pregnancy? And how are …

Natural Birth 🌱

Mother Rising wants to help you learn the basics of a natural birth, how to plan for a natural birth, ways to cope with labor pain and much more! Lindsey LOVES to teach informed consent and decision making, and pain management!


Mom Life 👶

Parents spend so much time preparing for childbirth, but what about everything after birth? Here is everything about life after birth with baby – mom life.


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Explore Printables for Pregnancy and Birth

Bring the encouragement and beauty of Mother Rising’s printables to your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Below is a sneak peak of my bible verses for birth. Bible verses not your thing? No problem. Make sure to check out my empowering birth affirmations.


Mother Rising is a holistic resource supporting new parents and birth workers in natural pregnancy, healthy birth, and strong postpartum.