The Central Dallas Doula provides relational support for families as they prepare to welcome a new baby to the world. We offer support during birth and postpartum, as well as lactation support.
I'm passionate about women having the birth that they desire. Women have options and deserve to be educated on those options regarding their birthing journey. I became a doula to educate and provide support during this amazing chapter in a woman's life.
Operating as usual
So sweet. ❤️
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When I became a mama EVERYTHING CHANGED👇🏾
I was no longer making choices for myself but now also my family.
I suddenly felt as if the choices I was making had such higher stakes than those I was making before.
At first, I'd make choices but then would over analyze or second guess them.
✨ But now these are the things that I do that help me be confident in the choices I make.
1️⃣ DECIDE WHAT'S BEST FOR ME. This one was a hard one, but eventually I stopped looking on the outside for others' approval and started asking myself...what do I want? What would make me happy?
2️⃣ TRY NOT TO COMPARE MYSELF TO OTHER MAMAS. The key 🔑 word is "try". I am human.
3️⃣ EDUCATE MYSELF. I'm a natural nerd. I enjoy learning. My husband always makes fun of me because I will read a book about anything. So far since becoming a mama I've read books about almost everything...breastfeeding, newborn behaviors, newborn sleep, baby led weaning, potty training...you name it, I've read it. 📖
4️⃣ ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS. If I don't understand something, I ask questions. No mater how “stupid” it may be. But, you know what they say…”there are no stupid questions.”
5️⃣ DISREGARD OTHERS' OPINION. This is a big one. Once you become a mama, the opinions and advice come flying out of nowhere. I know people mean well, but I go back to #1...decide what’s best for me.
6️⃣ TRUST IN JESUS. I am a Christian. Ultimately, I trust in the Holy Spirit to guide my decisions in my life.
What's one thing that has changed for you since becoming pregnant or becoming a mama ❓
A midwife is a trained health professional who helps low-risk birthing parents during labor, delivery, and the postpartum stage. They can also be your Primary Care Manager, help with family planning, and more.
Here are some reasons that you should consider having a midwife before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Don’t forget to have a doula by your side too. Your doula is your constant companion during your labor and delivery.
As a Doula, I provide emotional, informational, and physical support for expecting families.❤️ I understand that each family is unique and has to choose the birth options that they feel are best for them. I'm not to replace your partner or loved ones. I will be there to look after you🤰, guide you and your family as you welcome your newest member.👨👩👧
If you’re expecting in Dallas, head to the link in my bio to learn more about your birthing options. You can also DM me📨. I am more than willing to help you.❤️
You are near your due date 🤰, and we know how excited you are to hold your little one but wait, do you know what your doctors and nurses are talking about when they talk about how dilated you are?
📍Stage 1 Dilation and Effacement of the Cervix😫
At this time, the cervix opens and thins, so your baby can fit through the birth canal. The first stage of labor has three phases.
Early Phase (1-4cm dilated)
When you are in the first stage of labor the time between contractions ranges from 5- 30 minutes, and they last around 30-45 seconds each. Expect it to last about 6- 10 hours if you are a first-time mom and 2- 5 hours if you have given birth before.
Active Phase (5-7cm dilated)
During this phase, your contractions will become stronger, closer together, and regular (every 3-5 minutes), and they each last about 60 seconds. First-time moms experience active labor for around 3-6 hours; it generally lasts 1-3 hours for subsequent pregnancies.
Transition Phase (8-10cm dilated)
Expect intense pressure, similar to an urge to have a bowel movement. Your cervix will finish effacing and dilating to the full 10 centimeters. Contractions last about 60 to 90 seconds and come every 2 to 3 minutes.
📍Stage 2 Pushing and Birth😊
The second stage of labor begins when the cervix is completely dilated (open) and ends with the birth of your baby.
📍Stage 3 Afterbirth🥴
After giving birth, you’ll have mild contractions before delivering the placenta (“the afterbirth”).
📍Stage 4 Recovery🦋
Congratulations, your baby is born!👶 You and your partner will probably be overwhelmed with the feeling of joy for having your precious little one👨👩👦. Most babies are ready to nurse within a short period after birth, while others wait a little longer. If you are planning to breastfeed🤱🏾, we strongly encourage you to try to breastfeed as soon as your baby is born.
Expecting Dallas moms, book your consultation with me today!
Are you having a babymoon? Where?
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Time for another passport 🛂
🧿Athens ➡️ Santorini ➡️ Naxos
This photoshoot is everything 🙌🏾.
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Favorites from Claudia's maternity session, swipe to see the most adorable family ever!😍 @kyow28
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This is royal Slayage here! Boss Wife, Dr. and add Mom to the list of long accomplishments! Congratulations to you and your family @tariwill_ . The Missses did it again 📸By: @sophiabarrettstudios
Make up by: @fabelle.mua Hair by @krisstyleshaircare #📸
It’s the glow for me.
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Pregnancy-Body celebration at in🖤&🤍.
📸 by @reshad_brown ❤️ who worked hard to create a studio in our garage with a included😅😏.
Many people think that they can't afford a doula, but there are many ways to afford a doula. There are registries out there that allow you to set up a doula fund. The Babylist Registry is an example of a registry that allows you to put a doula fund alongside your other necessities. It's totally worth it!
Do you have a doula on your registry?
Look at this sweet baby. Repost from @trinitybirthservices
Moments like these make life that much sweeter...
Let us know below.
Based on your needs and preferences, where would you like to give birth?
Did you know a doula supports all births in all locations? If you're in Dallas and you'd like a doula at your birth, be sure to click the link in my bio to schedule a free consultation.
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