North Dallas Doula Associates

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Y'all this amazing, badass woman decided to join us for the summer and offer her chill vibe and powerful presence supporting our team and our clients at NDDA! We could not be more excited!!!

Madison Prez is a Madriella certified birth doula and NDDA trained placenta encapsulation specialist. The self-proclaimed “fun aunt,” she found her way to birth work and motherhood unexpectedly. She is a survivor of r**e, as well as a separate attempted kidnapping while studying abroad her senior year of college. After leaving school following this second traumatic incident, she spent many years working in the service industry. She was employed in unique places from Yellowstone National Park to the Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans. Though she had great adventures, she never felt truly fulfilled.
The solitude and reliance on family that she experienced during the pandemic led to a shift in Madison’s mentality, so when she found out she was pregnant during that period, she somehow felt ready to be a mother.  She tirelessly researched all things baby and birth.  The information she found was vast and often contradictory. With the help of her midwives and doula, she was prepared for, and confident about her birth in a way that she had never been about anything in her life.  She learned that birth is complex and difficult, but can ultimately be a source of strength and healing.  
 
Madison seeks to empower women and families to make the choices that serve their circumstances best in order to achieve a birth that instills the same sense of confidence and achievement that she found through her own.  She feels privileged to share the transformative experience of birth with families and strives to be a well of kindness, empathy, and knowledge throughout the whole process.
 
Madison has always sought to set an example that empowers other women. From being the only girl on her childhood baseball team, to hosting all-girls skateboarding sessions on her backyard ramp, she believes in the resilience of the female body and spirit. She will always be your biggest cheerleader. She is currently a world-ranked skateboarder and was selected to represent Team USA at the 2022 World Skate Games
Sometimes a doula offers support by offering words of affirmation and encouragement, sometimes she holds you up, other times she holds your hand or looks into your eyes and gives you focus and reassurance. Sometimes she just holds quiet space for you.. She might give you ideas on positioning during labor, or share tips and tricks to assist with breastfeeding post delivery. She may remind you to empty your bladder while, in tandem, putting a straw to your mouth so you can hydrate between contractions.
She considers herself an expert in birth, but knows your partner is an expert in you. She helps you get educated, research your options, and feel less fear. She challenges you and reminds you that you always have a CHOICE & a VOICE in your birth and throughout your parenting journey. She sees you, hears you, and BELIEVES in you. She decreases your need for pain medications, interventions and csection and increases birth satisfaction. She does not advocate for you, instead she helps you find the power to advocate for yourself!
She is big picture, while you are in the moment...always thinking 5 steps ahead.
In other words she's a BADASS BIRTH BITCH who empowers you, motivates you and has your back, your front, your head, your ❤ & your whoo ha 😁😂😃🙃🤪

#northdallasdoulas
#bestdoula #bestdoulaindallas #birthdoula #ndda #dallasdoula #doula #birth #childbirth #informedbirth #birthwithoutfear
The AMAZING and most talented Lisa Jones shared her knowledge and skills of postpartum meal prep and planning with our NDDA Mom Tribe this week.

Each week we have experts in various postpartum and newborn topics to help you grow in your knowledge and into parenthood.

If you haven't joined the tribe, now is the time. Call the office at 469-608-0071 to register for Monday, June 13th. Dr. Alejandra Villaseñor, pediatric dentist, with https://mykidsdds.com will be discussing Oral Infant Health and Emergencies.

#knowledgeispower #JoinTheTribe
This. Is. So. Important.
What do you know about nitrous oxide, or laughing gas? Did you know it can be used during labor as a coping/pain management tool? It is self administered (you hold it over your mouth & nose and breath deeply) while you are having a contraction; preventing you from using too much. It's different than when you've used it at the dentist and is 50% nitrous and 50% oxygen. It works to decrease pain and anxiety and offers some relief & relaxation. It also let's you continue to move around and use your legs, unlike an epidural. Does your hospital or birthing facility offer this amenity?

#birthoptions #informedbirth #birthisnormal #birthwithoutfear #powerfulbirth #childbirth #physiologicalbirth #northdallasdoulas #ndda #bestdoulaindallas #dallasdoula #birthdoula
Evening, all! Tonight's t***y tip is about some particular pregnancy and labor complications, and ways that they can impact breastfeeding being established. Your doula is an excellent source of wisdom on how to avoid or mitigate these complications during your pregnancy and birth. Our hope with this post is that if you encounter any of these, you can feel informed and prepared to protect and course-correct with breastfeeding in whatever way is necessary. And, as always, NDDA's professional lactation team is here to serve you and answer your questions as they arise. 🤟

Let's get into it.

*Preeclampsia*
Preeclampsia is hypertension in pregnancy. Sometimes this condition results in a medically necessary induction. Inductions can complicate breastfeeding for a number of reasons, but the primary one is that inductions usually mean IV fluids. IV fluids can inflate baby's birth weight a bit, so ask for your baby to be weighed again at the 24-hour mark so you have a true weight for them without that extra fluid on board. Additionally, that extra fluid can delay the increase in your milk volume, so be patient and remember to drink your fluids, eat potassium-rich foods, and reduce your caffeine intake. If your doctor suggests magnesium sulfate to treat postpartum preeclampsia, know that that is safe and compatible with breastfeeding!

*Gestational diabetes*
This is when your pancreas has trouble making enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar, given your increased blood volume due to pregnancy. Sometimes babies born to parents with GD have low blood sugar, and this sometimes results in the suggestion to supplement with formula once baby is born. Know that you can harvest your colostrum prenatally and take it with you to the hospital to use if your baby needs supplementing. The Haakaa brand colostrum collector set is really great! Skin-to-skin snuggles are excellent "medicine" for low blood sugar, too. There are times when GD necessitates an induction, too; see preeclampsia above.

*Malpositioning*
This is when baby is, for example, asynclitic (read: a bit funky) in the pelvis and birth canal, often prolonging the second stage (pushing). Why does this affect breastfeeding? Sometimes babies are sore and uncomfortable due to that awkward presentation and the lengthy time spent traveling down the birth canal, and this makes breastfeeding uncomfortable for them. Be patient and gentle, and work with the lactation consultants in the hospital and/or an IBCLC at home to find positions that ease baby's discomfort, as well as the birthing parents' discomfort if there was a tear. Many families seek chiropractic care for baby in this circumstance as well.

*Cesarean birth*
Sometimes a cesarean birth is the safest birth for parent and baby. Cesarean births can sometimes cause your breastmilk to take a few more days than normal to increase, which can mean the need for supplementation. If you need a c-section, plan on doing multiple hours of uninterrupted skin-to-skin time with baby each day, putting baby to breast as often as you can, practicing breast massage and hand expression after feedings, and working with a lactation consultant to see if there's also a need for you to use a breast pump regularly.

Hopefully this info is helpful to you! Remember, these situations happen sometimes, often they are outside of our control, and none of them have to mean the long-term disruption of your breastfeeding plans. With a little knowledge and patience, your breastfeeding goals can be met even when the unpredictability of birth throws a curve ball.
#t***ytiptuesday #breastfeeding #ibclc #NorthDallasDoulas #preparingforbreastfeeding #knowledgeispower
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We had so much fun today at our #uncensored childbirth class! We love sharing what we know and helping birthing people & their partners to discover their voice ( low and deep) and to feel more prepared and empowered through information and education! We know the more you know, the better you feel!

Have you signed up for your prenatal classes yet? If not, we can help!

#childbirth #childbirtheducation #childbirthclass #bestdoula #bestdoulaindallas #northdallasdoulas #ndda #dallasdoula #doulaservices #knowledgeispower #knowmore #education
We adore this family and feel so honored that they trust us to help them on their parenting journey for a second time! 💙
Don't miss next Monday's NDDA Postpartum Support Group from 9-11am! Our guest speaker is Molly Pieroni who leads Purple Nest, Inc., a locally-owned and woman-owned music education company in Dallas.

The programs the team offers date back to 1995 in Dallas, and Purple Nest is proud to represent the tradition of offering private music education to families here in Dallas. Purple Nest is proud to be one of the top 10 Kindermusik programs in the US. Kindermusik’s curriculum and pedagogy dates back over 60 years and is rooted in and aligned with childhood development.

Purple Nest engages with children as early as 4 months old and their ‘grown-ups’ and offers fundamental music curriculum through the age of 5-6 years old which eventually includes music theory and instruments like the glockenspiel and the dulcimer. Students may continue through high school with Purple Nest’s piano program. The talented Purple Nest team includes former elementary music teachers, music therapists, and professional musicians. You can learn more at: https://purplenest.com/

Molly began her musical career as a piano student and eventually as an All-State bassoonist and has managed to continue her involvement in music education through Purple Nest. She has pursued a career in STEM-related fields, but she remains involved with the Purple Nest team to offer childhood music education in this community. Molly is a parent of two grown children, and she and her husband have lived in Dallas for almost 30 years. She attended William & Mary and Harvard Business School.

Spots are filling up... Call the office at (469) 608-0071 to pre-register!

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Premier Birth & Postpartum Doula services, Childbirth Education, IBCLC Lactation support, Placenta Encapsulation, Postpartum Healing & more

Melissa Espey-Mueller LCCE, CD-469-360-3810

Operating as usual

06/15/2022

Y'all this amazing, badass woman decided to join us for the summer and offer her chill vibe and powerful presence supporting our team and our clients at NDDA! We could not be more excited!!!

Madison Prez is a Madriella certified birth doula and NDDA trained placenta encapsulation specialist. The self-proclaimed “fun aunt,” she found her way to birth work and motherhood unexpectedly. She is a survivor of rape, as well as a separate attempted kidnapping while studying abroad her senior year of college. After leaving school following this second traumatic incident, she spent many years working in the service industry. She was employed in unique places from Yellowstone National Park to the Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans. Though she had great adventures, she never felt truly fulfilled.
The solitude and reliance on family that she experienced during the pandemic led to a shift in Madison’s mentality, so when she found out she was pregnant during that period, she somehow felt ready to be a mother.  She tirelessly researched all things baby and birth.  The information she found was vast and often contradictory. With the help of her midwives and doula, she was prepared for, and confident about her birth in a way that she had never been about anything in her life.  She learned that birth is complex and difficult, but can ultimately be a source of strength and healing.  
 
Madison seeks to empower women and families to make the choices that serve their circumstances best in order to achieve a birth that instills the same sense of confidence and achievement that she found through her own.  She feels privileged to share the transformative experience of birth with families and strives to be a well of kindness, empathy, and knowledge throughout the whole process.
 
Madison has always sought to set an example that empowers other women. From being the only girl on her childhood baseball team, to hosting all-girls skateboarding sessions on her backyard ramp, she believes in the resilience of the female body and spirit. She will always be your biggest cheerleader. She is currently a world-ranked skateboarder and was selected to represent Team USA at the 2022 World Skate Games

06/15/2022

Sometimes a doula offers support by offering words of affirmation and encouragement, sometimes she holds you up, other times she holds your hand or looks into your eyes and gives you focus and reassurance. Sometimes she just holds quiet space for you.. She might give you ideas on positioning during labor, or share tips and tricks to assist with breastfeeding post delivery. She may remind you to empty your bladder while, in tandem, putting a straw to your mouth so you can hydrate between contractions.
She considers herself an expert in birth, but knows your partner is an expert in you. She helps you get educated, research your options, and feel less fear. She challenges you and reminds you that you always have a CHOICE & a VOICE in your birth and throughout your parenting journey. She sees you, hears you, and BELIEVES in you. She decreases your need for pain medications, interventions and csection and increases birth satisfaction. She does not advocate for you, instead she helps you find the power to advocate for yourself!
She is big picture, while you are in the moment...always thinking 5 steps ahead.
In other words she's a BADASS BIRTH BITCH who empowers you, motivates you and has your back, your front, your head, your ❤ & your whoo ha 😁😂😃🙃🤪


06/10/2022

The AMAZING and most talented Lisa Jones shared her knowledge and skills of postpartum meal prep and planning with our NDDA Mom Tribe this week.

Each week we have experts in various postpartum and newborn topics to help you grow in your knowledge and into parenthood.

If you haven't joined the tribe, now is the time. Call the office at 469-608-0071 to register for Monday, June 13th. Dr. Alejandra Villaseñor, pediatric dentist, with https://mykidsdds.com will be discussing Oral Infant Health and Emergencies.

06/10/2022

The AMAZING and most talented Lisa Jones shared her knowledge and skills of postpartum meal prep and planning with our NDDA Mom Tribe this week.

Each week we have experts in various postpartum and newborn topics to help you grow in your knowledge and into parenthood.

If you haven't joined the tribe, now is the time. Call the office at 469-608-0071 to register for Monday, June 13th. Dr. Alejandra Villaseñor, pediatric dentist, with https://mykidsdds.com will be discussing Oral Infant Health and Emergencies.

06/01/2022

This. Is. So. Important.

Can we stop “showing you your milk?” How about we quit “seeing if there’s milk?”
That’s not what hand expression (HE)in the hospital is about. Here’s why:
of milk in the hospital (yes, - literally the only time we give milk a different name - and yes, it’s milk) is not a way to prove there is milk being made. It is an opportunity to educate about how to express milk (a skill needed for MANY scenarios), a proactive technique that demonstrates the importance of gentle massage on the breasts to improve circulation as well as milk flow, and POTENTIALLY a chance to collect some drops of milk to feed baby.
Assisting with HE in the 1st hrs of life is about ensuring opportunities to practice it.
The reality of hospital birth in the US is that *most* births involve interventions that can result in blocks of time in the first hours after birth where HE does not yield drops of milk. This does not in any way mean that milk is not being produced, that baby is getting nothing during breastfeeding, or that there is a problem with milk production.
If you make the focus of HE in the early days on “how much milk there is” or “if there’s milk,” LONG-TERM misunderstandings can impact the experience.
The “results” of poorly-framed early HE attempts become a mother’s story of her milk production.
If, instead, we discuss and treat early HE as a normal part of the early breastfeeding learning experience, focus on technique instead of results, and avoid using words that are not clear, we ensure that new mothers & parents have a skill that will serve them throughout their lactation journey.
How we speak about breastfeeding & lactation in the matters immensely to how they play out in the long term. Follow me for more about the First 100 Hours and how we can do better!











   
  
 
  
 
 
 
 

06/01/2022

What do you know about nitrous oxide, or laughing gas? Did you know it can be used during labor as a coping/pain management tool? It is self administered (you hold it over your mouth & nose and breath deeply) while you are having a contraction; preventing you from using too much. It's different than when you've used it at the dentist and is 50% nitrous and 50% oxygen. It works to decrease pain and anxiety and offers some relief & relaxation. It also let's you continue to move around and use your legs, unlike an epidural. Does your hospital or birthing facility offer this amenity?

05/25/2022

Evening, all! Tonight's titty tip is about some particular pregnancy and labor complications, and ways that they can impact breastfeeding being established. Your doula is an excellent source of wisdom on how to avoid or mitigate these complications during your pregnancy and birth. Our hope with this post is that if you encounter any of these, you can feel informed and prepared to protect and course-correct with breastfeeding in whatever way is necessary. And, as always, NDDA's professional lactation team is here to serve you and answer your questions as they arise. 🤟

Let's get into it.

*Preeclampsia*
Preeclampsia is hypertension in pregnancy. Sometimes this condition results in a medically necessary induction. Inductions can complicate breastfeeding for a number of reasons, but the primary one is that inductions usually mean IV fluids. IV fluids can inflate baby's birth weight a bit, so ask for your baby to be weighed again at the 24-hour mark so you have a true weight for them without that extra fluid on board. Additionally, that extra fluid can delay the increase in your milk volume, so be patient and remember to drink your fluids, eat potassium-rich foods, and reduce your caffeine intake. If your doctor suggests magnesium sulfate to treat postpartum preeclampsia, know that that is safe and compatible with breastfeeding!

*Gestational diabetes*
This is when your pancreas has trouble making enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar, given your increased blood volume due to pregnancy. Sometimes babies born to parents with GD have low blood sugar, and this sometimes results in the suggestion to supplement with formula once baby is born. Know that you can harvest your colostrum prenatally and take it with you to the hospital to use if your baby needs supplementing. The Haakaa brand colostrum collector set is really great! Skin-to-skin snuggles are excellent "medicine" for low blood sugar, too. There are times when GD necessitates an induction, too; see preeclampsia above.

*Malpositioning*
This is when baby is, for example, asynclitic (read: a bit funky) in the pelvis and birth canal, often prolonging the second stage (pushing). Why does this affect breastfeeding? Sometimes babies are sore and uncomfortable due to that awkward presentation and the lengthy time spent traveling down the birth canal, and this makes breastfeeding uncomfortable for them. Be patient and gentle, and work with the lactation consultants in the hospital and/or an IBCLC at home to find positions that ease baby's discomfort, as well as the birthing parents' discomfort if there was a tear. Many families seek chiropractic care for baby in this circumstance as well.

*Cesarean birth*
Sometimes a cesarean birth is the safest birth for parent and baby. Cesarean births can sometimes cause your breastmilk to take a few more days than normal to increase, which can mean the need for supplementation. If you need a c-section, plan on doing multiple hours of uninterrupted skin-to-skin time with baby each day, putting baby to breast as often as you can, practicing breast massage and hand expression after feedings, and working with a lactation consultant to see if there's also a need for you to use a breast pump regularly.

Hopefully this info is helpful to you! Remember, these situations happen sometimes, often they are outside of our control, and none of them have to mean the long-term disruption of your breastfeeding plans. With a little knowledge and patience, your breastfeeding goals can be met even when the unpredictability of birth throws a curve ball.

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