[With the caveat that dads are fully capable of a complete range of emotions and have many complicated feelings upon becoming parents, including guilt, we’re going to focus on mom guilt today.] After going through some method of adding a child to your life (none of them easy), you find yourself home rocking a screaming … Continue reading When Guilt Hits Like a Sledgehammer
If you have a friend, family member or coworker expecting a new baby, going through a health crisis, or having their lives otherwise disrupted, they could probably use a bit of help getting food on the table. If someone hasn’t already set up a meal train for them, why not do it yourself? These days, … Continue reading How to be the Hero of a Meal Train
For nine months, you nurtured a child with your body, providing her the nutrients she needs and a safe place to do the important business of growing fingernails, kidneys, neurons and so forth. In the meantime, that growing baby might only permit you to eat salted watermelon, or insist on chocolate glazed donuts and mac … Continue reading B is for….
A new baby arrives in your house — a tiny, fragile creature demanding attention at all hours, needing your help to figure out this complicated business of eating and sleeping and living. It’s enough to turn the most level-headed, composed, organized new mother into an anxious wreck. But when do normal postpartum nerves turn into the common but under-diagnosed illness of postpartum anxiety?
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When a dear friend of mine told me MUTU System® was launching M.O.M.S. - Military Outreach MUTU System, I was excited! My business of supporting moms had me curious and excited to learn more. I attended their very first live event, the M.O.M.S. Master Class, here at Fort Bragg and I am so glad I … Continue reading The M.O.M.S. Master Class & Why You Should Attend
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?
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
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