Sara Reyes, Birth Doula

Nurturing Loving Birth Stories-Helping to take the fear out of birthing through providing informational & physical support in pregnancy, birth and beyond!

Through my services, I hope you will uncover simple and effective techniques for your entire journey (pregnancy, birth, and beyond), practices that help you to become a family with ease and joy. Please visit my web page to find out more about my style of birth support and to contact me. I provide support to the East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, etc.) and San Francisco.

ksby.com

New CA law requires employers to accommodate breast feeding mothers with special room

🙌 Progress, people!

ksby.com After concerns that some California employers were using a loophole in the law to direct lactating mothers to use the restrooms to pump breast milk at work, a new 2019 law makes clear that employers must create a special room for new moms to use.

It’s been ages since I’ve posted anything here, but this was too beautiful not to share!

When I was pregnant with Emma, my dream was for Kate to see her sister being born. But birth is literally unplanable. Families can and should educate themselves leading up to birth to make informed decisions and good birth-team choices, and birth should be (besides the outcome of healthy mom and baby) also a positive and warm experience, so birth preferences are a must!
Ultimately, Kate couldn't see her baby sister being born because we were in the operating room 3 and a half years ago for Emma's birth.
But her birth experiences planted a seed in my artist of a heart.
I was determined to one day not only document an older sibling present at a birth, but an older sibling catching the baby.
Enter Catherine. This was on the list for her and her 10 year old daughter's birth preferences for baby #3. For Kayla to catch her baby sister Everly. We did not know what to expect, because birth is so unpredictable. We all knew it may not work out. But what was magical was hearing midwife Laurie Gibbon's words about how this was her patient's birth. Mom and baby were completely safe and healthy during this delivery, and big sister Kayla caught her baby sister Everly with a rainbow of emotions. I know in my heart that the two traumatic births I experienced with my children were for a reason, because if it had not been for my births and my daughters, I would not be a birth documentarian today. Thank you to this beautiful family, the amazing and best labor and delivery staff at Boca Regional and to the entire team at Women's Health Partners especially midwife Laurie for making this dream come true, for my client Catherine, for me, and for every woman out there who knows that children can be present and involved in birth.

m.huffpost.com

My Conversation With Co-Sleeping Expert James McKenna

The idea that you will spoil your baby or that they will get too used to you giving him/her what they crave is absolutely incorrect. For me with my second child, learning that it is impossible to spoil your baby or for your baby to manipulate you (especially under one year old) has made me a happier parent because I don't worry so much that I should be doing anything different than giving my baby the nourishment and closeness that she craves.

This is a good article on co-sleeping. Not something that I do all the time with my #2, but we have found an arrangement that works for her and us. Even our 5 year crawls into our bed (more often than we'd like), but I think it represents a secure attachment that he wants to be close to us.

"Do what works for your family and trust yourself to know your baby better than any external authority.. there is no template for any relationship we develop... Parents with less rigid ideas about how and where their babies should sleep are generally much happier and far less likely to be disappointed when their children cannot perform the way they are "supposed to" -- i.e. sleep through the night."

m.huffpost.com Dr. James J. McKenna is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. He is a world-renowned expert on infant sleep -- particularly the practice of bed sharing in relation...

diastasisrectified.com

Changing Habits for Diastasis Recti Healing

diastasisrectified.com It's rare I meet a woman with a diastasis recti who hasn't beat herself up for "slacking off on my exercises" (I bet men would say the same thing, but I've never yet met a man who realizes he has a...

tiarasandprozac.co.uk

Confessions of a Stay At Home Mum: The Vest Epiphany

How did I not know this first time around?? Brilliant baby-hack for those of us with no clue, as I had never heard of this before now. http://www.tiarasandprozac.co.uk/2014/11/the-vest-epiphany.html?m=1#.VGY0zTJVmAc.facebook

tiarasandprozac.co.uk Sorry Anthony, I accidentally removed your comment whilst trying to reply, the woes of trying to do things with a sleeping baby in my arms!Thank you for commenting! in relation to 'allowing' a poonami though, unfortunately with an exclusively breastfed baby they're inevitable and unavoidable as thei…

bellybelly.com.au

Oxytocin - 15 Fascinating Facts About 'The Hormone Of Love'

Oxytocin! Fascinating facts about the role of the love hormone. http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/oxytocin-fascinating-facts-hormone-of-love#.VGCwmktPEdu

bellybelly.com.au No matter if you're pregnant, giving birth, breastfeeding or part of any act of 'love', oxytocin is at play. Here are 15 fascinating facts about oxytocin - and how to make the most of it!

buzzfeed.com

24 Newborns Who Had To Share The Spotlight At Their First Photo Shoot

Morning dose of cute...
http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/newborns-and-dogs?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpgp#44h7qqb

buzzfeed.com It takes two, baby.

sheknows.com

In good breastfeeding news, IHOP makes major amends during nurse-in

What happened to a breastfeeding mother at this Chesapeake, VA IHOP was SO WRONG, but they made it SO RIGHT in the end.
http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1053931/ihop-wrongs-breastfeeding-moms-but-makes-it-so-right

sheknows.com Earlier this month, IHOP stepped in it with nursing moms when an employee covered a baby's head with a towel. Today IHOP is making it right.

bbc.com

BBC - Earth - The monkey that became a midwife

Midwife monkey. Sweet story of gentle, helping hands in nature. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141006-the-monkey-that-became-a-midwife

bbc.com In an remarkably rare act, a female langur monkey becomes a midwife, helping another give birth

kstp.com

New U of M Study Links using a Doula and Reduction in C-Sections

"The study found when comparing women with a doula to women without a doula in the delivery room, the presence of a doula at birth was linked to an almost 60 percent reduction in women's odds of having a c-section." Wow!

http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3546578.shtml

kstp.com A new University of Minnesota study found that having a doula, or birth coach, in the delivery room can lower a mother's chances of having a cesarean section. Over the past two decades, c-section rates have jumped from a little more than 20 percent to a record 33 percent of births. The study release…

thejasongreene.com

My Kids Eating Lunch Under a Blanket in Honor of National Breastfeeding Month

This cracks me up!

thejasongreene.com In honor of National Breastfeeding month, I made my kids eat their lunch under a blanket just like the old days of when they were infants. It turns out it isn’t the ideal way to eat. Who knew? Othe...

improvingbirth.org

Dear Friend, Birth Doesn’t Have to Suck | Improving Birth

Great letter about taking back your birth experience. So many awesome points about how you can take control of your birth rather than letting things happen to you. "Birth doesn't have to suck!" (And pay close attention to point #4 *wink*) http://www.improvingbirth.org/2014/06/dear-friend/

improvingbirth.org If you’re reading this, it’s because I care about you, and I want you to rock your birth. I believe you deserve the best. If “rocking your birth” sounds like something other people do, and you just want to “get through it” with a healthy baby—girl, raise your expectations. You’re both too valuabl…

16minuteclub.com

16 Minute Club - Subscription Box | Breastfeeding & Support

Ran across this Breastfeeding Subscription box today. Unique and helpful gift for new moms (and they have some boxes for moms to be too!) to help support early stages of breastfeeding. http://www.16minuteclub.com

16minuteclub.com The 16 Minute Club is the only breastfeeding subscription box offering breastfeeding support focused on helping new nursing mothers meet their breastfeeding goals

Happy Tuesday, friends! Parenting is all about perspective...

Some perspective. (It's gonna be ok.)

birthwithoutfearblog.com

Breastmilk Popsicle! Great for Teething! | Birth Without Fear

Breastmilk popsicles - brilliant! Wonderful for teething babies!

http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2012/10/20/breastmilk-popsicle-great-for-teething/

birthwithoutfearblog.com “My daughter, Violet, would always get jealous watching her older brothers munch on popsicles. So I made her some boobsicles! I froze some breastmilk in one of those tiny bottles that came with my breast pump, used clothespin to hold a lollipop stick in place, and voila! She absolutely LOVED it!” ~J…

theazimis.com

The Azimis » Blog Archive » Kai’s Story

My sweet and beautiful friend, Anna, shared the story of the fast and furious birth of her second baby on her blog. I had goosebumps reading it today and am so proud of her! Read it if you get a chance. It is an amazing story! http://www.theazimis.com/?p=6595

theazimis.com Kai’s pregnancy went by too fast. I remember the day I found out I was pregnant – Zayn and I walked to the bus stop to meet Mohammad, and Zayn wore a shirt that proclaimed he was going to be a “Big Brother!” Mohammad grinned from ear to ear and then our little family of 3.5 walked down to the Farm…

[03/17/14]   Typing up a birth story for a new mom and dad tonight. Writing it is almost like re-living the experience all over again. Intense, exciting, and incredible!

[03/09/14]   Witnessed a sweet baby miracle early this morning. It was a beautiful birth. I am blessed!

video.cnbc.com

Can I Afford It? Bethany

Caller asks financial guru Suze Orman if she can afford to hire a doula to help them with their natural child birth. Suze tells her that it's more of a NEED than a WANT and she should hire that doula! Cool!

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000162344

video.cnbc.com Bethany calls in to ask Suze if she can afford to spend $750 to hire a Doula, who help them with their natural child birth.

babiesfirstlactation.wordpress.com

The Newborn's Stomach

Many mothers worry that their baby isn't getting 'enough' milk or their bodies aren't producing enough shortly after birth. Here is a good visual of how small baby's tummies are (and how quickly they grow)! Breastfeeding is supply and demand. The more your baby nurses, the more milk your body will start to produce. Amazing!

babiesfirstlactation.wordpress.com I see many new families in the hospital, as a staff Lactation Consultant, and in their homes, with my private practice, and I hear many similar questions.  One of the recurring themes comes across ...

Awesome photo!

Oh my goodness, that face.... "I did it!!!" Pure love and joy.

Images captured by Bump 2 Baby Birth Photography!

usatoday.com

Millions of Graco child but not infant seats recalled

Check your car seat!

usatoday.com The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received at least 80 complaints about the seats.

Day four of nonstop rain in the bay area - what do you like to do with your kids on days you can't play outside?

Cutest thing I've seen all day.

Looks like it was a tough day on the range. Play hard sleep hard.

-Josh K-

Hahaha!

Timeline Photos

bbc.co.uk

Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes

I heard this story several months ago and it's such a sweet one. My husband and I used to joke around that we would put our newborn in a dresser drawer if we didn't buy a crib in time, but this is true - babies really don't need much! I love how the Finnish people take care of their new parents through this tradition, and gives me ideas on how to care for my friends who are having babies.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22751415

bbc.co.uk For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box of baby clothes and bedding by the state. Some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

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[01/30/14]   It's Facebook Official - I am a birth doula! I received my certification from DONA International about a month ago, so I figured it was time to start a page to keep up with past clients, connect with new mommies and daddies, and share some fun resources and insights with new parents! And, a special thank you to everyone who has supported me in this wonderful journey!

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Hiring a doula has been found to decrease the need of unnecessary interventions in birth, decrease labor time, and increase a woman’s satisfaction with her birth experience.
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