Serenity Birth & Postpartum Doula Services

Serenity Birth & Postpartum Doula Services “A woman, as long as she lives, will remember how she was made to feel at her birth”
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Using a Peanut Ball can help open your pelvis and allow baby more room. I have one on standby!
05/07/2024

Using a Peanut Ball can help open your pelvis and allow baby more room. I have one on standby!

We are thankful for all the wonderful midwives supporting women and families.
05/05/2024

We are thankful for all the wonderful midwives supporting women and families.

Did you know I offer Hospital Support After the Baby Arrives? Sometimes when having had a cesarean birth or a difficult ...
05/05/2024

Did you know I offer Hospital Support After the Baby Arrives? Sometimes when having had a cesarean birth or a difficult vaginal delivery, a little help is needed. If you do not have a partner, or your partner for whatever reason cannot stay with you overnight in hospital, I can help!

If you plan to breastfeed, I can gladly help you if you’re in need of some support there. During the night, if you are formula feeding and feel you need to rest and recover, I will handle feeding baby, getting their diaper changed and getting them settled. I can bring baby to you when you want to cuddle or to skin to skin. I’ll ensure you have something to drink as well.

For more details, comment info and I’ll be in touch.

Feel free to varies based on amount of time requested. In some cases, sliding scale fees may be used.

05/05/2024

✨ FREE PRENATAL BREASTFEEDING CLASS ✨

Free Monthly Virtual Breastfeeding Basics Class!

Expecting parents, we are hosting a FREE virtual breastfeeding class Wednesday, May 29 from 7:00-8:30 pm (MDT).

Join the class from the comfort of your own home, from anywhere in the world! We are offering our class online via video.

The workshop is designed to be taken when you are 30 - 36 weeks pregnant. Partners are encouraged to attend!

We will cover the following:
💧 feeding positions
💧 proper latch
💧 feeding frequency
💧 troubleshooting, & more!

Click the link in our bio to register, and SAVE + SHARE this post with other expecting mamas.

05/04/2024

This may seem like a strange request, but take a moment and pretend to take a big bite out of a burger.

What does your head do? Where do you put the bun? How do you take a big bite?

The motion of a baby latching well looks a lot like the motion of taking a big bite of a burger.

Your baby's chin is on the breast, then his head tips back as he latches. When your baby is latched well, his chin will be deep into the breast.

A deep latch ensures that your baby gets plenty of milk and you feel no pain.

As a Postpartum Doula, I’ll gladly help fold laundry and care for baby. Please don’t ever think you need to clean up bef...
05/04/2024

As a Postpartum Doula, I’ll gladly help fold laundry and care for baby. Please don’t ever think you need to clean up before I arrive. I’ll do my best to help with what I can. Together, we can get you feeling more organized.

Do you have birth preferences? If you do, make a list and ensure your care provider is aware of them. As your Doula, I w...
05/03/2024

Do you have birth preferences? If you do, make a list and ensure your care provider is aware of them. As your Doula, I will carefully study your birth plan so that I help support you in the birth process you hope for. It’s important to be prepared that sometimes we have to go a little off script, but remember, you are allowed to say no during your delivery. Some women want to limit the number of cervical checks as an example. Physiological birth is a beautiful thing, and you have the ultimate say. I’ll support you, cheer you on and remind you at every step of the way that YES you can do this.

Now in addition to my post on breastmilk storage, here is one for Infant Formula.
04/30/2024

Now in addition to my post on breastmilk storage, here is one for Infant Formula.

This guide may be helpful!
04/29/2024

This guide may be helpful!

Availability…May - Unavailable June - Unavailable July - Postpartum Availability (1)August - Birth & Postpartum Availabi...
04/28/2024

Availability…

May - Unavailable
June - Unavailable
July - Postpartum Availability (1)
August - Birth & Postpartum Availability (2)
September - Birth & Postpartum Availability (2)
October - Birth & Postpartum Availability (2)
November - Birth & Postpartum Availability (2)
December - Birth & Postpartum Availability (1)

2025 Dates To Be Determined

Feel free to inquire, even if I show unavailable as sometimes things change!

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04/26/2024
Might be a great resource!
04/07/2024

Might be a great resource!

I’d love to see any pictures you may have of your child being nursed, any age!
04/05/2024

I’d love to see any pictures you may have of your child being nursed, any age!

This toddler nursing moment came up in my cloud storage memories today 😂 Proof that nursing a toddler is nothing like nursing an infant!

This particular nursing didn’t decide to wean until he was almost 5, but in this photo he was about 3 years old (he was also not willing to miss one second of his favourite show 😆).

Share your toddler nursing moments in the comments and let’s normalize nursing our toddlers because so many of them still need our milk ❤️

This is so true! Milk production is a supply and demand process. During your pregnancy, your milk begins to be produced....
04/05/2024

This is so true! Milk production is a supply and demand process. During your pregnancy, your milk begins to be produced. The first milk your baby will receive is colostrum. This is often a thick consistency. In the beginning, your baby is sustained on the small amounts of colostrum your body is producing. Newborns tummies are very small, and they typically only take in a few ml at a time. That is why they feed so often. You often hear the term “milk coming in”, it was really already there, but in smaller amounts and again, different consistency. You need to stimulate the breast frequently to increase your milk supply. You do this by nursing your baby and if needed or wanted, pumping. Although pumping is helpful, babies are more effective at extracting the milk from the breast. Continue to nurse/pump, drink lots of fluids and try to keep up on eating the best you can. Many women continue to take their Prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding. If you have
Concerns or wish to know more about if those vitamins are right for you, please speak to your Doctor, Pharmacist or Lactation Consultant.

As our babies get older, they may begin sleeping long stretches, especially at night. Many women have expressed that they feel their supply has dipped and wonder what they can do to help. Again this goes back to supply and demand. I would recommend a nighttime feed or pumping session to stimulate the breast and as it lets your body know that more milk is needed. Often women are concerned about if they have an adequate milk supply. If your baby is having plenty of wet diapers, and is growing, your supply is likely adequate. For those who pump, the amount of breastmilk you pump doesn’t necessarily mean your supply is low. As mentioned before, babies are more effective at emptying the breast than a pump. For those struggling with concerns of low supply, I highly recommend speaking to a Lactation Consultant. The Calgary Breastfeeding Centre is an excellent place to get some help. Their LC is truly amazing.
If your supply is low, there are things we can do to try and increase it. There is medication, domperidone and it can help boost your supply. Again, I’d recommend offering the breast or pumping every 2-3 hours, including a session during the night. You can eat oats, make lactation cookies, and again stay hydrated. Fenugreek is often mentioned. There isn’t much evidence to say how effective it is, but some women have commented that they had an increase in supply while using it.

As for pumps, I’ve spoken to many women who feel the hands free wearable pumps do not work as well as a regular pump. You may wish to have a regular pump such as a Spectra or Medela hospital grade pump. You can often rent a Medela from a pharmacy or sometime your work benefits may cover the cost. These are just some pump recommendations I’ve heard by working with women as a Doula and as a mother myself. If you have questions, never hesitate to reach out to me.

An important first step in establishing a good milk supply is to
breastfeed, or chestfeed, your baby within the first hour after birth.
After that , allow your baby frequent, unlimited access to your
breast in the early days and weeks. Newborns usually feed about
every two to three hours (on average), or at least 8-12 times in 24
hours. Occasionally, babies can thrive on fewer feedings per day
but they should be monitored for appropriate weight gain. Many
babies nurse even more frequently. Nursing sessions may not be
spaced evenly throughout the day. Some babies cluster several
feeds together and then sleep for a longer stretch. Milk production
is a “supply and demand” relationship. The more milk your baby
drinks, the more milk your body will produce.

If youre planning to Breastfeed your baby(ies), here is an image that shows you some positions to feed in. If you are a ...
04/05/2024

If youre planning to Breastfeed your baby(ies), here is an image that shows you some positions to feed in.

If you are a large breasted woman, rolling up a towel and placing it under your breast can give some support to the breast while feeding.

If you have any breastfeeding questions, or wish to share a tip on something that worked for you, comment below.

Forward Leaning Inversion is great before labour and during labour to help baby’s position. This should not be done if y...
04/05/2024

Forward Leaning Inversion is great before labour and during labour to help baby’s position. This should not be done if you suffer from High Blood Pressure or Glaucoma.

?... is Spinning Babies® just about flipping breech babies? A...NO?.... what is Spinning Babies® all about?A... Spinning Babies are different movements you c...

04/04/2024

Tip: When labouring, whether at home or hospital, keep a bowl or bag handy in case you vomit. It’s very common in labour, especially as you get closer to delivery. As uncomfortable as it is, it just might mean you are getting closer to holding your baby in your arms.

04/04/2024

I’m looking to support a Mama who is due in May at no cost. If you or someone you know needs support, please email me at [email protected]

Sobey’s and Safeway Pharmacies offer Free Prenatal Vitamins. Check them out!
04/01/2024

Sobey’s and Safeway Pharmacies offer Free Prenatal Vitamins. Check them out!

Our free Baby Be Healthy program will help you through your pregnancy. You'll get free prenatal vitamins, useful information and a free consultation.

04/01/2024

Planning a hospital birth and need guidance on what to bring? Check out these recommendations!

-Nightgown, Nursing PJ’s, Button up PJ’s or Tank Top with Comfy PJ pants. These make for ease of breastfeeding should you wish to feed baby this way.

-Snacks! Definitely bring something to eat!

-Water Bottle! If you have one on the larger side, I’d recommend that. It can be very dry in the hospital, labour can make you very thirsty and for once baby is born, you don’t want to keep getting up to fill a cup.

-Slippers. Your feet may get cold but also great for when walking around while in labour and on the postpartum unit. Highly recommended!

-Going Home Outfit for you and Baby.

-Swim trunks for your partner….so if have a shower during labour, this was he can join you.

-Headphones.

This short list is just to give you some ideas.

Always feel free to comment with any questions or email [email protected]

Postpartum Spring SpecialWith Postpartum Help, I will come into your home and help with infant care, perhaps some light ...
03/31/2024

Postpartum Spring Special

With Postpartum Help, I will come into your home and help with infant care, perhaps some light housework. This may allow you to spend time with your older children or even have a sleep. If you are formula feeding, I will gladly handle feeding. If you are breastfeeding, I can wake you when your baby shows signs of hunger. My goal is to help you feel rested and able to cope with all the changes having a new baby can bring. As a Postpartum Client, you have unlimited text and phone calls with me when you need advice.
Comment below or email [email protected]

Things to know…

*Hours billed weekly, payment is due upon receipt of invoice.
*E-Transfer or Credit Card accepted.
*Valid April thru June

Well, the weather may not know it’s spring depending on the day (let’s be real, by the hour it changes) but I have some ...
03/31/2024

Well, the weather may not know it’s spring depending on the day (let’s be real, by the hour it changes) but I have some Spring Specials.

Things to note….

*Deposit required.
*Payment in full due by 36 weeks. Payment plans are available.
*Payments can be made using E-Transfer or Credit Card.
*Birth Support is only available for those having a Midwife or Physician attended birth, sorry no Free Births.
*Postpartum Visit must be used within 4 weeks. This visit is typically 1-2 hours max.
*Offer expires April 20th.

From my home to yours, Happy Easter!
03/31/2024

From my home to yours, Happy Easter!

Well, this is me, Diana…the face behind Serenity Birth & Postpartum Doula Services. I’m a 42 year old mother of two, age...
03/30/2024

Well, this is me, Diana…the face behind Serenity Birth & Postpartum Doula Services. I’m a 42 year old mother of two, ages 13 & 20. I am passionate about family life, pregnancy and birth. My goal is to always help my client feel comfortable and informed in their decisions. I will support you along the way, and together you will flourish!

It never hurts to go back over what you’ve been taught. I highly recommend this book by Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner…...
03/30/2024

It never hurts to go back over what you’ve been taught. I highly recommend this book by Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner…an excellent read!

Have a breech baby, and considering an ECV? Here is a short video of a successful ECV procedure!
03/30/2024

Have a breech baby, and considering an ECV? Here is a short video of a successful ECV procedure!

Performing an ECV to turn a baby from breech position

Doula’s are for Everyone! I Offer Flexible Payment Plans along with A Sliding Scale Fee Option. Contact Me Today and Set...
03/30/2024

Doula’s are for Everyone! I Offer Flexible Payment Plans along with A Sliding Scale Fee Option. Contact Me Today and Set Up a Complimentary Zoom Meet & Greet.

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