Be-You-tiful Beginnings Doula Service, Misty Holmes, CD

BEST Certified Birth Doula & Newborn Photography Let me help provide the birth experience YOU want. My name is Misty Holmes. I will give a constant, calming presence while supporting the mother and partner in welcoming the baby into this world.

My doula service will provide prenatal visits to help you create your birth plan, support you through labor and delivery, provide newborn follow-up and photography services. I offer informational, emotional, and physical support during this wonderful time. I have over 20 years experience working with infants, toddlers, and parents. I would love to speak to you about the services I can provide for your growing family.

Operating as usual

I know which one I think I am. Which do you think I am?

Okay but, which doula are you most?

I feel like I'm all of them 😂

My clients have heard me say most, if not all, of these phrases.

Happy Birth Day Little One

Early morning study of Resolving Shoulder Dystocia and my son teaching my personal anatomy class.

My birth doula services include birth and newborn photography. I will be by your side every step of the way, especially since QC hospitals are allowing one partner and one birth professional with each birthing person.

Both Unity Point Trinity and Genesis hospitals in the Quad Cities are allowing doulas again!! If you were thinking about it but thought it was not a possibility, call me as soon as possible. I have openings and can work you in, even if you are due in August.

[07/24/20]   Effective Monday, July 27, Genesis hospitals will allow 1 partner and 1 support person with each person in labor.

Breast milk fixes everything!

Effective July 15, Unity Point Trinity will allow one partner AND one birth support person. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in having doula support.

rollingstone.com

Death of Sha-Asia Washington, Pregnant 26-Year-Old Black Woman, Highlights Devastating Trend

Black woman should not be 4 times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. They especially should not be dying just because medical professionals are not listening to them or believing their concerns/pain. #blackmothersmatter

rollingstone.com The maternal mortality rate has been on the rise since the 1990s — especially among women of color

youtube.com

Playdough Surgery 🔪 - C-section

💜👣💜

Playdough Surgery 🔪 - C-section aka Bobo’s birthday . Next up, just in time for our nation’s birthday 🥳 - a scheduled cesarean section. . My 3-year old watch...

cnn.com

US infant mortality rates decline, CDC study says, but Black infants still twice as likely to die

cnn.com Infant death rates declined in the United States between 2000 and 2017, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Black infants still have over twice the risk of dying as White infants, experts pointed out.

Great advice!

Car seat safety graphics
I've also listed links in each pictures comments to help answer some questions.

This should NEVER happen. If there is ever a BIPOC or an LBGTQ+ person who wants a doula who is similar to them, I will help you to find that person. If they are alright with someone who is an ally, I will be there for them.

😡 This type of treatment has to stop! Here are some things that you can do to have a more empowered birth.

1. Hire a birth doula
2. Consider having a home birth
3. Search for a midwife
4. Ask questions
5. If you choose to birth with an OB-GYN, find a provider that respects you AND honors the type of birth you envision
6. Find a provider that supports a VBAC ( vaginal birth after a cesarean birth) - if applicable
7. Attend childbirth education classes
8. Know you rights
9. Remember hospital policies are not laws
10. Educate your family
11. Hire a postpartum doula
12. Allow yourself time to heal

Edit: We provide virtual & in-person birth and postpartum doula support.

buzzfeednews.com

A Viral TikTok Is Sparking A Conversation About Racial Bias Against Black People In Healthcare

#blackmothersmatter

buzzfeednews.com A TikTok from a white physician is making people suddenly aware of an issue that's long affected Black patients and doctors.

The Leaky Boob

The inequities in pregnancy, birth, and lactation support for Black families is well documented. We know it is an issue. But what does that look like in real life? This graphic takes a look at the very real challenges.

White privilege does not mean that white people do not have struggles or that they don't experience these difficulties. It means that their struggles and their experiences with these difficulties are NOT because of the color of their skin. It means that statistically they are less likely (not that it is impossible) to experience these things. It means that they do not encounter these challenges based solely on their skin tone.

It means they aren't followed through a store because of their skin. They may be followed through a store but it would be for a different reason.

White people pointing out that they have experienced these things doesn't prove that white privilege doesn't exist.

*Racist comments will be deleted and the users that make them will be banned from this page. Supportive, kind, caring comments welcomed from everyone. Black people and WOC are welcome to make comments that reflect the reality of ongoing and past trauma, anger, fear, grief, etc. White people, do not center yourself in this conversation, do NOT comment "all lives matter" or some version of it, do not ask Black people to educate you or guide you as to what you should do, and do not argue anything about knowing the whole story. For white people who would like to understand how they have privilege even if they don’t think they have privilege, if you need some resources after you do some googling, let us know. Thank you.

Black women are 4 times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. That is not right. We have to do better. I vow to support ALL laboring people to the best of my ability.

#blackouttuesday

Diapers will be given out again this Thursday. What a wonderful service they have been providing!

While many businesses and jobs are starting to open up later this week we realize that the effects of COVID-19 are still being felt by many families across the region. For this reason we have decided to continue our drive-thru diaper assistance program through the month of June. If you would like to volunteer at one of our upcoming events you can find information on GetConnected: bit.ly/LBDBVolunteer

Thursday, May 28th – 1 pm – 3 pm
Mercer Co. Health Dept
305 NW 7th St. Aledo, IL 61231

Tuesday, June 2nd – 1 pm – 3 pm
St. Paul Baptist Church
114 W. Forest Hill Ave., Peoria, IL 61604

Thursday, June 4th – 1 pm – 3 pm
Henry Stark Health Dept
110 N. Burr Blvd., Kewanee, IL 61443

Tuesday, June 9th – 1 pm – 3 pm
Rock Island Health Dept.
2112 25th Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201

Be-You. Do you. Do what is best for you and your baby.

The first time I gave my baby a bottle of formula, I cried happy tears.
Big, overwhelming, uncontrollable...
Happy tears.

I couldn’t control the flow as the tears dripped down my face.
It was tears of pure love. Overwhelming love.

The decision to switch to formula was not an easy one to make. I felt the pressure over what I “should” do. I cried over it, worried over it, and did my research.

But then I prayed. And the answer was clear.

When I switched to formula, it was the first time I looked down at my baby while feeding and he was satisfied.

We did things we were never able to do while breastfeeding, because of my overwhelming letdown.

When I finally gave my baby a bottle of formula,

We snuggled.
We stopped during the feeding to talk, and jabber, and coo, and smile at one another.
He tried to grab my face.
I cleaned his crusty eyes and put lotion on his cheeks.
I kissed his forehead.
I smelled him and I breathed him in.
I was able to love him better, I was able to bond with him better.

And I cried happy tears.

It was the first feeding where he wasn’t crying and unsatisfied.
It was the first feeding where he looked at me with love instead of worry and tears.
It was relaxing.
It was loving.
My heart screamed with pure happiness.

So no.
No, I did not feed my baby “liquid gold” for long.
I’m not going to tell about all the reasons why, and all the struggles.

Because this is my motherhood.

I switched to formula.
And I cried happy tears.

I switched to formula, and I took my motherhood back.
I made it my own.
My own unique path.

So friend,
Make motherhood choices that are best for you and your babies...your kids.
Own your version of motherhood.
Own what’s right in your heart.
Own what fills you with peace.

Rather than asking the internet, or your friends.
Look up, and ask Him.
He knows your heart.
He knows your child.
He’s got the answers. .

Then own your motherhood.

*via Messy Footprints (shared with permission)

So very true!

A doula’s work may be long, but welcoming a new tiny person to this world is a great way to end a work day (or night), no?
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#doulatraining #doula #certified #childbirtheducator #entrepreneur #doulalife #denver #stlouis #memphis #phoenix

Motherboard Birth

CERVICAL EXAMS

The cervix is the “neck” of the womb between your vagina and uterus/baby.
During pregnancy it is firm, thick, and closed tight. During late pregnancy and during birth it softens, thins, and opens.

Your provider can use their fingers to feel your cervix to gain information. Cervical exams (aka vaginal exams) won't predict the future but they can let you know what your body has done so far. This information can be helpful if you need to make a decision.

As with any decision, it is your body and you have a say in what happens. You can ask for a cervical exam if you feel like that information would be helpful to you and you can also decline a cervical exam if you do not want it done. Talk with your provider to decide when an exam may be medically necessary or just preferred.

Read more in our parent app: https://loom.ly/70J95us

Even if it's virtually, I will be there for you. 💜

Always our hope for expecting families!

[04/28/20]   Happy Birth Day,
Little One. 👣💜

Just a little reminder for anyone in need of a little help. 💜

Thursday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Mercer County Health Department!

Register now for child birth classes.

Back to Sleep. The most important part.

Just a little birth fun. 😍

nj.com

N.J. hospital is 1st in U.S to try placenta therapy on critically ill coronavirus patient

Placentas are amazing!

nj.com A New Jersey hospital is believed to be the first in the nation to try placenta therapy for the coronavirus, an experimental approach that's been tried in Israel.

Announcing.... I have teamed up with Motherboard Birth to bring childbirth education to your home virtually. Contact me for more information.
#motherboardbirthed

Covid-19 is effecting birthing families everywhere. If you are currently pregnant and your child birth education classes have been canceled, I will be offering virtual child birth ed classes. Please send me a message for more information.

Or maybe you are finding ways to fill your time when 'sheltering in'? 😉 If you just happen to need a doula sometime between December 2020 and February 2021, I will be offering free one-on-one childbirth classes for the first three to hire me for those months.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Close contact and early, exclusive breastfeeding helps a baby to thrive.

A woman with COVID-19 should be supported to
• breastfeed safely
• hold her newborn skin-to-skin
• share a room with her baby

Be-You-tiful Beginnings Doula Service, Misty Holmes, CD

Meditation and breathing exercises are an excellent way to de-stress whether a person is in labor or dealing with a pandemic, or both. This is my favorite gif to help regulate breathing.

This is a great visualization to keep your breathing under control during contractions.

I had miserable pregnancies and had hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) with both babies. I don't even know how many times I had to be admitted to the hospital for IV fluids or how many sonograms I had to make sure baby was ok. I had two different OB's that both told me not to have another baby because I was so sick.

When I had my first baby, I knew I wanted to give birth without any medication. I did not have any pain meds during the 15 hr labor but I didn't really know that I had options. I went along with getting pitocin, staying in bed on a monitor the entire time, and was given an episiotomy without a choice.

My second labor was induced at 39 wks 4 days because I was starting to show signs of preeclampsia. I received pitocin in one arm to induce labor. As contractions got stronger my blood pressure would go up more so I was receiving magnesium sulfate in the other arm to bring my BP down. Mag sulfate is also used to stop premature labor so it would weaken my contractions. It was a vicious circle I dealt with for 50+ hrs without any pain meds. For 2 days my OB suggested I get a c-section and my tubes tied. I refused until my BP suddenly went to 210/180 and I was told I didn't have a choice anymore. As I was wheeled into surgery I signed permission to receive a tubal ligation to prevent additional pregnancies. I was too scared to not sign it. Luckily everyone was healthy in the end.

I have always been a birth nerd and when I learned about doulas, I knew that's what I wanted to do. I vowed that I would help other pregnant people know they had options and could be more in charge of their labor and delivery than I was.

And THAT is why I'm a doula. 💜

You deserve a doula.

Let me help provide the birth experience YOU want. My name is Misty Holmes. I will give a constant, calming presence while supporting the birthing person and partner in welcoming the baby into this world, regardless of your family structure, where you plan to give birth, or if you want a totally natural labor, plan an epidural, or have a cesarean birth. My doula service will provide prenatal visits to help you create your birth plan, support you through labor and delivery, provide newborn follow-up and photography services. I can also assist with breastfeeding support, postpartum services, and evidence based birth information. I am blessed to be able to pamper and support you during this wonderful time. I have over 20 years experience working with infants, toddlers, and parents. I would love to speak to you about the services I can provide for your growing family.

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