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Archive for December 2016

Older Siblings at the Birth – 7 Tips for Parents

siblings at birth

For older siblings the birth of a new brother or sister can be a very exciting time! As mom’s belly swells and the due month draws near, moms and dads may start to wonder how they can include their older child(ren) in the birth without overwhelming them. Below are a few tips to prepare the…

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Why VBAC Moms Need Birthing from Within

birthing from within for vbac preparation

How to Find Healing and Move Forward As a VBAC mom and a doula who has attended many VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean) and CBACS (cesarean birth after cesarean) as well, I have a unique perspective about what moms needs when they are seeking a vaginal birth after giving birth by cesarean. For many VBAC…

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Rebozo – Tools of the Doula Trade

Oh, the magical rebozo. A doula’s right (and left) hand man; an extension of a birth partner’s arms; support, balance, and relief for a birthing mom. Entire trainings and certifications have been dedicated to this simple piece of cloth that make a difference in so many ways during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. A rebozo is…

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Hand Fan – Tools of the Doula Trade

Why a hand fan? Labor is hard work! The uterus is a huge muscle that usually contracts for hours on end during labor and burn lots and lots of calories, like working out. That’s why it’s important for a mom to stay hydrated and nourished. It’s also important for birth companions to help a mom…

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Parenting and Social Media: The Facebook Facade

One of my favorite books, The Four Agreements lays out four guidelines for personal power: be impeccable with your word, always do your best, don’t make assumptions, and don’t take things personally. As this generation of moms and dads crosses into the previously uncharted territory of parenting in the age of social media, the agreement…

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