Living a Bold & Beautiful Life Blog


How to have an easy labor even if it’s your first baby! 

I get this question quite often working with first-time moms. They want the easy labor without the epidural but they sometimes lack the confidence that they truly can achieve a medication-free birth. I’m not sure that “easy” is the best word to use in combination with...

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What’s the Difference Between a Doula and a Midwife?

It’s amazing how many times I get asked this question: What’s the difference between a doula and a midwife? I love this question because it opens the door for women to learn more about how to have an empowering, supported birth experience. When I answer this question,...

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The Problem with Maternity Care in America

Rising Cesarean Birth Rate in the United States The number of women delivering by Cesarean section in the United States has been increasing in recent years. The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) suggests that the Cesarean rate in the U.S. has...

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The Power of Choice

Who controls your destiny? One thing that surprises me about maternity care today is that sometimes women feel that they don’t have a choice in how they labor and give birth. The truth is, you almost always have a choice. Being well-informed in your  decision-making...

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Transformation & Contemplation

Growing another human being requires transformation: mental, physical, and emotional transformation. The thing is, sometimes we get so wrapped up in the physical transformation, that we forget to focus on our emotional state. One of the things that fascinates me about...

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A Day in the Life of a Contemplative Mama

A Multitude of Hats ~ Embracing the Meditative State So true. “A woman’s life is like a juggling act. We’re constantly trying to balance different roles.” ~ Dr. Jannie Chan as cited in Think and Grow Rich for Women, by Sharon Lechter & the Napoleon Hill Foundation. I...

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I look forward to connecting with you!

Elizabeth Summers, RN, BSN
Pregnancy Coach, Birth Doula, & Registered Nurse
Owner & Founder of Elizabeth Summers Wellness


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