Julius Caesar was not the first c-section baby (nor did he invent the Caesar salad) — Pliny the Elder speculated that he was named for an ancestor born by that method. In Caesar’s time, c-sections were used to save babies’ lives when mothers died in childbirth. Luckily for all of us, the procedure has changed … Continue reading C is for…
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, … Continue reading Addison Lyn
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. … Continue reading 5 Things to do While in Early Labor
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?
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
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?
Yay! You're considering a doula! Wondering when to hire one? Most clients book birth doula services around their 20th week of pregnancy; although, we do have clients who book earlier (around 15/16 weeks) and some who book later (around 29/30+ weeks). Birth doulas are not just for support during labor and there are benefits to securing … Continue reading FAQ: When to Hire a Birth Doula?
Breastfeeding is a tool. Bottles are a tool. Breast pumps are a tool. Cribs are a tool. While personally I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding, professionally I am a huge supporter of “do what is right for you and your family and don’t feel bad about it". Professional doulas are able to set aside … Continue reading The Sleep Consultant: A Doula’s Perspective