Is Your Provider Doula Friendly?

It is no secret that there are doulas who do not stay in their lane (yes, even in our area). They perform medical tasks such as cervical exams, blood pressure readings, and even checking baby’s heartbeat via doppler. They argue with nurses and providers in the delivery room and tell their clients what is best

Our Favorite Hormone

It is commonly referred to as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone” because it is released when snuggling with a loved one or a pet, during sex and in the throes of a new relationship. But such names simplify the effect of a very important hormone: oxytocin. What it Does In our childbirth education classes,

Postpartum Bleeding 101

High on the list of things about childbirth nobody warns you about is lochia, a pleasant-sounding name for the less-than-pleasant experience of bleeding after childbirth. Lochia is not unlike a regular period, but it can be heavier than a period, can contain large clots and can last four to six weeks. Here’s what to expect

Need a Jump?

As we discussed earlier, due dates are largely meaningless, so a lot of moms find themselves reaching their long-anticipated due date with no baby in sight! Some are able to let baby come on his or her own terms, but others might have personal or medical reasons for wanting to hurry the process on a

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Hospital Birth Feel More Like Home

A home birth isn’t for everyone — maybe you have medical complications, maybe you just prefer the reassurance of having hospital staff a few steps away, or maybe you have some other reason for preferring a hospital. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a touch of home into your hospital room! Here are a

Addison Lyn

Many of our birth doula clients and childbirth education clients ask us where they can go to read birth stories. Some are searching for medication-free birth stories, some want to read about cesarean births, some want to hear about adoption or surrogacy. Others just want to commiserate with other birthing individuals over the power, uniqueness,

5 Things to do While in Early Labor

As active labor approaches, it may be harder to focus on this practice but your doula will be right there to help bring you back and center your focus.You’ve waiting months and months for the big day! Daydreaming about it, researching, trying to prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically in the best ways you know how.

Will Dates Help My Labor?

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

Don’t Call Me a Junkie

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