I became trained as a doula through DONA International in 2011. I started this blog shortly thereafter and my vague plan was that I would continue to write about birth for years to come, become an active doula, and that this would be my thing — my vocation and calling in life, if you will.

After attending 15 births as a doula we moved across the country and life changed course. I started writing novels and YouTubing and there simply wasn’t enough time for everything I hoped to do, so the birth blog became inactive. I forgot my password and didn’t log in or look at it for years. In 2018, I recovered my password with the goal of deleting the blog, just to tidy up.

When I logged in, I was shocked to see dozens of comments on the post “The most painful pregnant condition.” Comment notifications were supposed to be forwarded to my regular email, so I’d assumed no one was reading the blog. Seeing all the comments from women who had been in a similar place as I had been, I was so touched. I’m so glad that this post was helpful to you, and I feel bad that I let five years lapse without recovering my password and checking in.

This is no longer an active blog, but I will log in from time to time and respond to comments, and in the comment section you will find several suggestions for what other people have done with vaginal varicies, and the reassurance that you are not alone.

If you would like to contact me, the best way to do so is through my main website: https://jennyballif.com


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  1. Thank you so much for your post on the swollen vulva! I’ve been uncomfortable
    For months, though not nearly as bad as you. So sorry that happened to you!!! I can’t see any varicose veins but I am SOOOOO swollen down there and in pain when standing. I will do some positions and some excercising to help. You’re an angel!

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