It's National Compliment Day everyone! As doulas we talk a lot about oxytocin because that mind-bending hormone is responsible for A LOT. Just in pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding alone, the function of oxytocin provides uterine contractions to birth your baby as well as decrease bleeding after he or she is born. Oxytocin is also in charge of promoting lactation. What does that have to do with National Compliment Day? It all lies in the HOW we get the hormone flowing. Touchi
Image: courtneyburtonfitness "Where are you taking me?!" "Let’s go!" he said. I was too entangled in his elevated energy to question much further. Briskly leaving the dance floor I waved goodbye to my friends and any additional memories I would be making at my senior prom. The thump of music from the auditorium quickly faded into silence as we got into his car. My cynical self internally questioned how magnificent Michael’s surprise really was. Did it warrant such an abrupt h
What should baby poop look like? How often should they poop? When do we call our doctor about their poop? Poop. Poop. Poop. That's what we are talking about today, BABY POOP! I just had a conversation with a first time mom about her baby not going as regular as baby had been just about every day for the last 6 months. Needless to say, what gets left behind in your baby's diaper is going to be brought up and talked about way more than you probably expected. So what can you exp
Most of our blogs are written based off of the many questions we hear from new parents while we are working closely with them in their home as Postpartum and Infant Care Doulas, as these types of questions come up often.
One of the many common topics in question for new parents is whether their baby will be too cold or too warm when being laid down for bed.
Those little nuggets had the most comfortable environment in the womb with the coziest temper
At first mention of sleep training, many parents picture a possibly hungry, definitely lonely baby, screaming and crying in their cold dark room while their parents are sittin' pretty ignoring their helpless little baby. I've read and heard from others, on multiple occasions, sleep training being compared to solitary confinement. Prison! Come on now. I have to say though, with the above picture in mind, I don't blame parents for their emotional reaction at the thought of sle
If you've been following our ABC's of Infant Sleep, you've heard us talk about awake times and overtired babies. That's all helpful information for sure, but what do you do when your baby is already so tired they are restless and angry...rangry? That made up word was fun to say, but a rangry baby is not fun to experience. So then...what do you do when your baby inconsolable? It's 2am and your baby is 'screaming her head off' you might say. Arms are flailing, head is bobbing u
As the first birthday of my daughter nears, I can't help but get nostalgic. I'm a very sentimental person and I love memories. I think they are my absolute favorite thing about being a human! I woke up on Thursday July 26th 2018 feeling like I was about to start my period as I was having uncomfortable and really light cramping. Even though I read the books, took the class, had the doula... I didn't think much of it since my due date was well over a week away and had been told
I had a close friend ask me the other day if she could hire me as her postpartum doula to help with her 16 year old. Of course it caused me to chuckle, but nevertheless it had me wondering if new moms believe that hiring a postpartum doula is something that MUST be done before their baby is born. Does she think if she's already been home for a little while with her new baby, then it's just too late? Of course, pre-planning is great and it will put your mind at ease, but.....
The gift of bonding with your baby! My husband and I have 5 sweet, rambunctious, passionate and caring children. They range from 12 years old, down to a year and a half and are busy, busy, busy! No matter how quickly time goes by and how much they grow, as mother's we drift down memory lane so easily and think about when we carried them inside of us and brought them into the world using our warrior bodies. When I was pregnant there were times I would feel a bit of sadness tha
Pregnancy Purgatory. Is there such a thing? How can you be anything but positive and radiate joy when carrying a sweet life inside you? Let me tell you, it's a thing. At the end of your pregnancy you can feel stuck and still be ecstatic. Grateful for the gift and trapped.There can be this 'in between' of bliss and misery. It's okay to feel that way. I was there. It came in the form of prodromal labor. Prodromal labor is the start and stop of contractions that could go on for