After you deliver your precious child, your body should bounce right back, right? Just when you thought all the challenges of pregnancy had passed, you put your pants on to leave the hospital and realize the body you’ve known all your life is a little bit different now. Often times we ask ourselves, 'Why aren’t … Continue reading “Who Stole My Vagina?” and Other Postpartum Problems
Placenta encapsulation has always been a pretty hot topic, and rightfully so. There isn't much scientific research out there on the effects of consuming your placenta. Most mothers are left doing their own research and reading the anecdotal evidence in support of placenta encapsulation. "Mothers who consumed their placenta passed on no harm to their … Continue reading Can Eating My Placenta Harm My Baby?
If there was something you could eat that has been shown to help labor, would you eat it? Well, research backs this old wives tale up so head to the store and grab some dates! Studies have shown that this sweet and sticky fruit can be a safe supplement to reduce the need for interventions … Continue reading Will Dates Help My Labor?
Doulas love birth! If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to be a doula. We all have to have some level of commitment and passion for the birth process. Some doulas are more interested in the emotions and feelings they feel as a result of attending a birth but I know that someone else's birth … Continue reading Don’t Call Me a Junkie
Even though you might have taken all the classes, read all the books, and watched all the videos, you may find it difficult to remember everything you learned while you are so intensely focused on making it through each contraction. We know birth, and we know how to support you emotionally and physically. There are … Continue reading Best Out-of-Bed Labor Positions
Have you heard of probiotics? According to WebMD, probiotics are “live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.” Our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad and we know that antibiotics kill or inhibit growth of both good and bad bacteria. It’s only been since the mid … Continue reading Benefits of Probiotics for Pregnancy and Postpartum
Encouraged. Supported. In control. Listened to. Empowered. Blissful. Happy. Meaningful. Strong. Guided. Able. Capable. Powerful. Focused. Comforted. Acknowledged. What if more people asked pregnant women this question in regards to pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery? It’s true you can have a wonderful birth experience without a doula. But when you hire The Fayetteville Doulas you’re … Continue reading How Do You Want to Feel?
The scent of patchouli. Birkenstocks and long flowy skirts. The mind-set that doctors are money-hungry and cesarean-happy, that intervention-free births are the only “real” births, and that it is our job to save clients from themselves. While these descriptions do apply to some doulas, they don’t apply to our doulas. We’re not midwives. We don’t … Continue reading Busted!: The Top 5 Doula Myths
This is the number one question I am asked. Potential clients, friends, acquaintances, strangers who ask what I do for a living.... they all ask how I came into this job. And I can appreciate the question—the doula profession is an uncommon one! I’ve always had an interest in pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I have … Continue reading How Did You End Up Being a Doula?
Fear is normal but you can acknowledge it and use it to help you prepare and learn.