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
Some mamas want to share their baby’s estimated arrival date the instant they find out for themselves — graciously inviting their tribe and beyond into this part of their pregnancy journey. Hey, that’s cool!
Other mamas answer the “when are you due” question as if an answer is socially expected. They don’t apply much thought to the alternative. Ah, no big deal!
Then there are mamas who feel a bit sketchy on the matter. They’re the mamas like me who may have a birthing day in mind, but it’d take a military inquisition for them to reveal it to ‘just anyone.’
Now, here are a few compelling reasons for keeping your due date secret…
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