Four Reasons Why You Should Try Infant Massage

As doulas, we know the benefits of touch in pregnancy and labor. It can soothe aches and pains, it can provide physical support, it can be a reminder to relax and release tension, and it can increase oxytocin. We also know touch has many benefits for baby as well–it promotes bonding, and it can help

Prenatal Testing: Group B Strep (GBS)

What is GBS “Infection” can be a scary word, especially in pregnancy. Group B Strep (Group B Streptococcus, or GBS) is a transient bacteria that can “come and go”. A person can test positive temporarily, or consistently and having colonization does not mean there is or will be an infection. Most of the time the

Fetal Kick Counts

One of the more exciting milestones in pregnancy is feeling your baby move. First fetal movements can usually be felt between 16-25 weeks of pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel movement until closer to 25 weeks. Some individuals—those who have had a baby before, for example—may feel movement as early

Fenugreek—Should You Take it or Avoid it?

The role of a doula does not include recommending medications or supplements. It does include providing information, when asked, so clients can make their own informed choices. Fenugreek is one supplement we’re asked about a lot. It almost always comes up in conversation with clients, or in our Infant Feeding class, and even during breast

Are Ultrasounds Risky?

The use of a fetal doppler in pregnancy can give valuable information to both you and your medical provider. But does using a ultrasound or a fetal doppler “for fun” pose any dangers to baby, and if so, are there any alternatives? Background As a very basic explanation, a doppler is a form of ultrasound

Single Parenting: Tips to Thrive By

Everyone knows single parenting is hard. Few people choose to do it willingly and those who do likely have a strong support system lined up. But what if you don’t? What if single parenting is a new, unexpected challenge?  You may find yourself as a short term “single parent”, or a long term real single

The Fundal “Massage”

“Heyyyyy, let me take a quick peek at your bleeding and give your uterus a little rub…” your sweet L&D nurse says to you. Blissfully unaware of anything other than your brand new squishy baby, you reply “yeah…ok…” not thinking twice about what “little rub” really means….. Often times I hear birthing people say they

Birth Story | Baby E

I love working with repeat clients! Repeats don’t happy too often here since many of our clients are military and Fayetteville/Fort Bragg is a very transient community. I worked with this family when they were pregnant with their first baby and they shared that birth story as well. You can read it here. Birth workers

5 Pregnancy Symptoms to Never Ignore

Ahhhhh, pregnancy! You’ve either waited a long time to experience it, or no time at all. It may be smooth and fairly uneventful, or you may encounter some bumps along the way such as morning sickness, vivid dreams, and fatigue. These are relatively harmless pregnancy symptoms and generally don’t require medical attention, however; there are