In celebration of having now attended forty births, I am developing a series of blog posts on just a few of the myriad reasons that make hiring a doula an awesome choice. This portion looks at some of the studies and statistics regarding doula care. (Note: there has been a HUGE amount of studying on … More Forty Reasons to Hire a Doula, Part One: Studies and Statistics
As a follow-up to my earlier Three Birthing Must-Haves, I thought I’d write about the other side; once you’ve done the work of getting the baby OUT, what are the absolutely most vital things that families need the most? … More Top Three Postpartum Must-Haves
When I attend a hospital birth, I wear my super-awesome, pink, “I’m the doula!” t-shirt. In a setting with a large variety of people with different roles, I figured that proclaiming my role with a happy pink shirt would be both efficient and simple. Besides, it makes for great conversations in the elevator as I’m … More “So,what exactly is the difference between a doula and a midwife, anyway?”
I’ve been meaning to drop in to one of the local La Leche League meetings for some time, and last Wednesday, my schedule finally opened up to go to the Snohomish library and meet a few of these amazing women. I’m so glad I did; I’ve known about La Leche for nearly twenty years, but that … More Local Spotlight: La Leche League
During prenatals, I often discuss with my families some of the things they may want to have in their bags when it comes close to baby-time. As we talk, those lists become very personal and occasionally rather lengthy. In addition, there are so many lists online, as well as the homebirth kit supply lists that … More Top Three Birthing Must-haves
Sometimes, I use certain phrases during a birth that could be easily misunderstood by a random person… … More The Doula Said WHAT?
The Better Baby Class is the most comprehensive and evidence-based class available for parents as they prepare to actually care for their sweet newborns…and wonderful new mothers. In this four-hour course, parents will learn about: Embracing the final days of pregnancy Plans for when you’re in labor What is the “fourth trimester” The “Golden Hour” … More The Better Baby Class; Schedule and Registration
When I’m attending a birth, I always feel that my most important tools are my heart, my hands, and my voice. That said, I keep a few things in my birth bag to help labor be more comfortable and more supported….today I’m talking about honey. … More Tools of my Trade: Honey Sticks
Postpartum support is significantly lacking in American culture, and I don’t want my families to feel deserted and uncertain. In my search for how I can increase support before, during, AND after birth, I found something fantastic. … More Announcing….
Ahhh….a whole week to celebrate being a doula. It’s kind of fun to have an actual, honest-to-goodness date that is proclaimed as a time to showcase how wonderful doulas are. This still feels like a newer profession, and I wonder how many people know the beginnings of formal doula care? Back in the 60’s, as … More World Doula Week