Navigating Prenatal Tests

Becoming a parent is an exciting journey, and prenatal care plays an important role in ensuring the health and well-being of you and your baby. One aspect of prenatal care involves prenatal tests: a series of tests designed to monitor your baby’s development and identify potential risks. In this blog post, we’ll delve into some

Birth Doula or Childbirth Educator: Which is Right for You?

Bringing a new life into the world is a transformative and sometimes overwhelming experience. As you prepare for this incredible journey, you may seek guidance and support from professionals specializing in childbirth. You might want to explore two key figures: the birth doula and the childbirth educator. While the roles may seem interchangeable, each plays

Exploring the Choice Not to Breastfeed

Becoming a new parent is a profoundly transformative experience filled with joy, challenges, and many decisions to make. One of the most debated and personal choices is breastfeeding or giving formula. While breastfeeding is widely promoted for its numerous health benefits, there are valid reasons why some new parents may make the choice not to

Birth Trauma: Understanding It and Coping With It

Bringing a new life into the world is often described as a joyful and life-changing experience. However, for some, the journey of childbirth can be riddled with emotional and psychological challenges, resulting in what is known as birth trauma. All birth is physically traumatic–some more so than others. But, birth trauma can leave lasting scars

Springtime Toddler Activities

Spring is finally here! It’s time to ditch those winter blues and get outside with your little ones. Toddlers can be a handful, but with a little creativity, you can turn springtime into an adventure! Here are some fun springtime toddler activities that will keep your little ones busy and entertained. Nature Walks Spring is

Why You Might Not Want to Reuse A Breast Pump

Did you know most breast pumps are intended to be for a single user. That means one user, one breastfeeding relationship. What the FDA Says Breast pumps are single user devices because they are a medical device and are regulated by the FDA. The FDA website states, “With the exception of multiple user pumps, the

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

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

Birth Story x4

I guess I’d say clients ask me about my own personal birth stories is about 50% of the time. It’s usually when they have questions about epidurals, or are wondering what to expect when they get an epidural that I let them know I’ve had three of them. Most of the time I see a