So you're wondering -- what exactly are doula prenatal/postnatal visits all about? As every doula is unique, so is the outline for visits, the number offered, content covered, and overall feel. As a Birth Boot Camp Doula, I prefer to call these "birth plan visits" to avoid confusion with a care provider's prenatal and postpartum … Continue reading What Happens at Doula Visits?
You might have heard of postpartum doulas and thought, "I've got family nearby and friends who will probably visit, so I don't have the need." It's true that relatives and friends are tremendous assets to the postpartum support network. But here's the thing: sometimes we may feel obligated to entertain or host guests who arrive … Continue reading How is Postpartum Doula Care Different From Friend & Family Help?
What's This Week All About? World Doula Week kicked off in Israel as the first Doula Day on March 22, 2011. This is the date of the spring equinox, symbolizing the return of fertility. "The purpose of World Doula Week (WDW) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and … Continue reading Ideas For Celebrating World Doula Week
You learned about who and what postpartum doulas ARE here, but maybe you're still not clear on what it is exactly they DO. In general, care is usually tailored to an individual client's needs. Did they have a surgical or vaginal birth? Do they have additional helpers? How about other children? Are they on a … Continue reading What Does A Postpartum Doula Do?
Ah, sleep. Between the topics of how parents feed their child and how they medicate their child, somewhere we find the ultra-controversial topic of -- dun dun dun (wish I could say zz, zzz, zzzz...) -- infant sleep. Your heart says to keep your baby close at all times, but your head hesitates with concerns … Continue reading Cosleeping & Breastfeeding