Get Moving!

The traditional TV and movie trope of a woman in labor inevitably shows her flat on her back in bed, struggling through the arduous task. But many women find movement during labor to be very helpful in reducing pain and shortening labor. Why does movement help and how can we maximize the amount we move?

Tips For Fun in the Sun

It is summer in North Carolina….. ok, not quite but it sure feels like it! Fayetteville’s weather has been record-breaking this week, and it isn’t even June. The sun is hot hot hot which means it is time to brush up on sun-safety.  When it comes to sunscreen and keeping your baby and older children

Ice, Ice, Baby

In many hospitals in the United States, women in labor are not allowed to eat or drink, engaging in what might be the most difficult physical effort of their lives with only the sustenance provided by a small plastic cup of ice chips. What is the reason for this rule, and how necessary is it?

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.

Can ​Eating My Placenta Harm My Baby?

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

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

How Do You Want to Feel?

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