What is a Doula?

what is a doula

Doulas make birth and the postpartum experience better for new parents. The term doula is on the rise as more and more parents embrace the vital role that these professionals serve. But even as the demand for doulas increases, the work that they do is not always clear to new parents. Many expecting parents hear…

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The Doula Guide to Birth

doula guide to birth

Every birth is unique. But childbirth for everyone is a transformative experience. No matter how your birth unfolds, it will be an event that stays with you for a lifetime. Pregnancy and birth have the power to change you, to show you hidden strengths and love deeper than you ever thought imaginable. That’s why having…

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What to Expect for Your First Postpartum Period

period

Pregnancy puts your body through major changes. In less than a year, your uterus goes from the size of a pear to a watermelon and back again. New hormones come online. Others, like estrogen, climb to six times higher than pre-pregnancy levels. It’s a lot to adjust to, but there are some silver linings (besides…

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A-Z Guide for Postpartum Wellness

It takes nine months to grow a baby and prepare for birth. You’ve researched pediatricians, strollers and asked your provider dozens of questions about your pregnancy. Soon your baby will be here and planning for your “fourth trimester” is essential to postpartum recovery.

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Social media birth announcement etiquette

This one isn’t about the announcement of being pregnant — you know the cute “Big Brother 2018” shirts we see on Facebook. No. I love that stuff (for the most part; some people do try too hard). This is about what happens when the baby is born. And honestly, as a doula, it can drive me bonkers.

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What makes a good newborn mother?

Newborn mother

We’ve all had lots of experience working with a newborn mother — i.e. first child, or a brand-new child that’s 2/3/4/5 in the family. Being a new mom, even if you have repetition at it, is obviously one of the most challenging things under the sun. And while we all have our theories, what really makes a…

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