First, I would like to preface by saying I firmly believe in a birthing person's ability to bring a baby into the world without a whole lot of (or any) "stuff." I never use all the contents of my bag, I often rely on one or two things, and I sometimes even forgo all of … Continue reading What’s In My Doula Bag?
Here are my suggestions for things a freshly postpartum person may find quite handy, in no particular order… Organic EVOO Apply organic extra-virgin olive oil to your newborn’s bottom; this keeps meconium from sticking to skin and makes for much easier cleanup. Peri Bottle If you birthed at a hospital, they will let you take … Continue reading Top 10 Things You Need Postpartum
What does your care provider's bedside manner in prenatal appointments say about their disposition in the birth room? Well, it can give hints, or it can say nothing at all... When you meet in pregnancy, you're clothed, you usually meet one-on-one, you have your head on relatively straight, you're not in pain (hopefully!), and you're … Continue reading Care Provider’s Disposition in Pregnancy vs. Approach to Birth
I'll start with this: baby-feeding questions tend to be high on a new parent’s priority list! Breastfeeding is an important part of the baby-making continuum that includes pregnancy and birth and is extended with the growing of baby outside the womb. Understanding how to feed your baby is crucial to learn during pregnancy, and knowing … Continue reading Book Review: “Breastfeeding Made Simple” by Kendall-Tacket & Mohrbacher
Whether a doula is on your list of must-haves or not, I implore you to invest in your birth experience to the best of your ability. I know it’s a privilege to be able to afford all the things that would bring you joy and make your life easier. But what I’m really trying to … Continue reading How To Afford a Doula