It Takes a Village Birth DFW

Providing Birth Doula Services to the Dallas-Fort Worth Area It Takes a Village is dedicated to providing professional, reliable and compassionate care during pregnancy and the first stages of parenthood.

We respect and serve all birthing preferences, and guarantee personalized support throughout your unique journey. Reach out today to learn more about our services and wonderful doula community.

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09/04/2021

Each year, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) celebrates World Sexual Health Day on September 4th, and the theme for the 2021 observation is Turn it on: Sexual health in a digital world.

WAS says they chose the motto “Turn it on” to ignite awareness of sexual health and sexual rights and enforcing them, as there are also many violations and abuses of sexual rights in the digital space.

Sexual Health is…

“…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)

Sexual rights extend off of basic human rights, and include…

- the rights to equality and non-discrimination
- the right to be free from torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment
- the right to privacy
- the rights to the highest attainable standard of health (including sexual health) and social security
- the right to marry and to found a family and enter into marriage with the free and full consent of the intending spouses, and to equality in and at the dissolution of marriage
- the right to decide the number and spacing of one's children
- the rights to information, as well as education
- the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, and
- the right to an effective remedy for violations of fundamental rights.

The responsible exercise of human rights requires that all persons respect the rights of others.

The application of existing human rights to sexuality and sexual health constitute sexual rights. Sexual rights protect all people's rights to fulfil and express their sexuality and enjoy sexual health, with due regard for the rights of others and within a framework of protection against discrimination." (WHO, 2006a, updated 2010)

Each year, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) celebrates World Sexual Health Day on September 4th, and the theme for the 2021 observation is Turn it on: Sexual health in a digital world.

WAS says they chose the motto “Turn it on” to ignite awareness of sexual health and sexual rights and enforcing them, as there are also many violations and abuses of sexual rights in the digital space.

Sexual Health is…

“…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)

Sexual rights extend off of basic human rights, and include…

- the rights to equality and non-discrimination
- the right to be free from torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment
- the right to privacy
- the rights to the highest attainable standard of health (including sexual health) and social security
- the right to marry and to found a family and enter into marriage with the free and full consent of the intending spouses, and to equality in and at the dissolution of marriage
- the right to decide the number and spacing of one's children
- the rights to information, as well as education
- the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, and
- the right to an effective remedy for violations of fundamental rights.

The responsible exercise of human rights requires that all persons respect the rights of others.

The application of existing human rights to sexuality and sexual health constitute sexual rights. Sexual rights protect all people's rights to fulfil and express their sexuality and enjoy sexual health, with due regard for the rights of others and within a framework of protection against discrimination." (WHO, 2006a, updated 2010)

09/04/2021

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Black Breastfeeding Week Giveaway!!

I am excited to announce, that the winner is…

✨ @crycitee ✨

PM me to claim your prizes!!

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Black Breastfeeding Week Giveaway!!

I am excited to announce, that the winner is…

✨ @crycitee ✨

PM me to claim your prizes!!

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

09/03/2021

Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.

Prenatal yoga can:
• Improve sleep
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
• Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath

Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.

Photo 📸: @glowmaven

Info Source 📖: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-yoga/art-20047193

#nicu #nicubabies #nicuawareness #nicuawarenessmonth #sexualhealth #sexualhealthawarenessmonth #sexualhealthawareness #yoga #yogi #nationalyogaawareness #yogapose #nationalyogaawarenessmonth #babysafety #babysafetyawareness #babysafetyawarenessmonth #pcos #pcosawareness #pcosawarenessmonth #pcossupport #internationalpcosawarenessmonth #raisingawareness #studentmidwife #studentmidwifelife #blackmidwife #pregnancy #midwifery #motivation #education #ittakesavillage #prenatalyoga

Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.

Prenatal yoga can:
• Improve sleep
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
• Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath

Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.

Photo 📸: @glowmaven

Info Source 📖: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-yoga/art-20047193

#nicu #nicubabies #nicuawareness #nicuawarenessmonth #sexualhealth #sexualhealthawarenessmonth #sexualhealthawareness #yoga #yogi #nationalyogaawareness #yogapose #nationalyogaawarenessmonth #babysafety #babysafetyawareness #babysafetyawarenessmonth #pcos #pcosawareness #pcosawarenessmonth #pcossupport #internationalpcosawarenessmonth #raisingawareness #studentmidwife #studentmidwifelife #blackmidwife #pregnancy #midwifery #motivation #education #ittakesavillage #prenatalyoga

09/01/2021

New Month.
New Opportunities for Education!!

September is a month FULL of awareness, and we are so excited to touch on all of it…

- NICU
- Sexual Health
- Yoga
- Baby Safety
- PCOS

Which are you the most excited to hear about??

#nicu #nicubabies #nicuawareness #nicuawarenessmonth #sexualhealth #sexualhealthawarenessmonth #sexualhealthawareness #yoga #yogi #nationalyogaawareness #yogapose #nationalyogaawarenessmonth #babysafety #babysafetyawareness #babysafetyawarenessmonth #pcos #pcosawareness #polycysticovary #pcosawarenessmonth #pcossupport #internationalpcosawarenessmonth #raisingawareness #studentmidwife #studentmidwifelife #blackmidwife #pregnancy #midwifery #motivation #education #ittakesavillage

New Month.
New Opportunities for Education!!

September is a month FULL of awareness, and we are so excited to touch on all of it…

- NICU
- Sexual Health
- Yoga
- Baby Safety
- PCOS

Which are you the most excited to hear about??

#nicu #nicubabies #nicuawareness #nicuawarenessmonth #sexualhealth #sexualhealthawarenessmonth #sexualhealthawareness #yoga #yogi #nationalyogaawareness #yogapose #nationalyogaawarenessmonth #babysafety #babysafetyawareness #babysafetyawarenessmonth #pcos #pcosawareness #polycysticovary #pcosawarenessmonth #pcossupport #internationalpcosawarenessmonth #raisingawareness #studentmidwife #studentmidwifelife #blackmidwife #pregnancy #midwifery #motivation #education #ittakesavillage

08/31/2021

✨RAISING AWARENESS✨

We love doing our part to spread the word! The City of Dallas now officially recognizes August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month and August 25-31st as Black Breastfeeding Week. 🙌🏾🤱🏾

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

✨RAISING AWARENESS✨

We love doing our part to spread the word! The City of Dallas now officially recognizes August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month and August 25-31st as Black Breastfeeding Week. 🙌🏾🤱🏾

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

It Takes a Village Birth  DFW updated their address. 08/30/2021

It Takes a Village Birth DFW updated their address.

It Takes a Village Birth DFW updated their address.

08/30/2021

Did You Know?

“Black women are three to four times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy, compared to white women. Their babies suffer an infant mortality rate that more than doubles that of white children, often due to low birthweight, premature birth or complications after birth. Black babies are more likely to be born prematurely than white babies. In 2017, 14 percent of black women gave birth prematurely, significantly more than 9 percent of white women, according to CDC data. That reflects the level of prenatal care black mothers receive, Seals Allers said.

Promoting better maternal care, including educating all mothers about the value and practice of breastfeeding, could help reverse some of these trends, Seals Allers said.

"Black women have babies born too small and too soon," she said. "Those babies need breastmilk the most."

Education about the importance of breastfeeding must include not only black mothers, but also their families and the communities where they live, Seals Allers said. That way, women who choose to breastfeed are better positioned to receive the support they need to sustain their decision to feed their infant however they think is best, she said.”

Source:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/health/racial-disparities-persist-for-breastfeeding-moms-heres-why

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

Did You Know?

“Black women are three to four times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy, compared to white women. Their babies suffer an infant mortality rate that more than doubles that of white children, often due to low birthweight, premature birth or complications after birth. Black babies are more likely to be born prematurely than white babies. In 2017, 14 percent of black women gave birth prematurely, significantly more than 9 percent of white women, according to CDC data. That reflects the level of prenatal care black mothers receive, Seals Allers said.

Promoting better maternal care, including educating all mothers about the value and practice of breastfeeding, could help reverse some of these trends, Seals Allers said.

"Black women have babies born too small and too soon," she said. "Those babies need breastmilk the most."

Education about the importance of breastfeeding must include not only black mothers, but also their families and the communities where they live, Seals Allers said. That way, women who choose to breastfeed are better positioned to receive the support they need to sustain their decision to feed their infant however they think is best, she said.”

Source:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/health/racial-disparities-persist-for-breastfeeding-moms-heres-why

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

08/28/2021
08/28/2021

Why Black Breastfeeding Week Matters…

“From 2000 to 2008, breastfeeding initiation increased…from 47.4 percent to 58.9 percent among blacks.

• Breastfeeding duration at six months increased from…16.9 percent to 30.1
• Breastfeeding duration at 12 months increased from… 6.3 percent to 12.5

Much of this wonderful increase in breastfeeding rates among African Americans has come from efforts within that community. In 2013, we saw the first Black Breastfeeding Week become part of World Breastfeeding Week in the U.S. Programs.

We can celebrate these successes. But there is still more to do. Although the rates of infant mortality have dropped, African-Americans babies are still twice as likely to die. In addition, although rates of breastfeeding have increased among African-Americans, they are still lower than they are in other ethnic groups.

In order to continue this wonderful upward trend in breastfeeding rates, we need to acknowledge possible barriers to breastfeeding among African-American women. They will not be quick fixes, but they can be overcome if we recognize them and take appropriate action.”

Source:
https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/indicator/2015/01/infant-mortality

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

Why Black Breastfeeding Week Matters…

“From 2000 to 2008, breastfeeding initiation increased…from 47.4 percent to 58.9 percent among blacks.

• Breastfeeding duration at six months increased from…16.9 percent to 30.1
• Breastfeeding duration at 12 months increased from… 6.3 percent to 12.5

Much of this wonderful increase in breastfeeding rates among African Americans has come from efforts within that community. In 2013, we saw the first Black Breastfeeding Week become part of World Breastfeeding Week in the U.S. Programs.

We can celebrate these successes. But there is still more to do. Although the rates of infant mortality have dropped, African-Americans babies are still twice as likely to die. In addition, although rates of breastfeeding have increased among African-Americans, they are still lower than they are in other ethnic groups.

In order to continue this wonderful upward trend in breastfeeding rates, we need to acknowledge possible barriers to breastfeeding among African-American women. They will not be quick fixes, but they can be overcome if we recognize them and take appropriate action.”

Source:
https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/indicator/2015/01/infant-mortality

#breastfeeding #blackbreastfeeding #BBFW2021 #blackbreastfeedingweek #blackbreastfeedingweek2021 #normalizebreastfeeding #blackmoms #motherhood #blackmomsbreastfeed #blackbreastmilkfedthenation #protectblackbirth #blackbirthmatters #blackbreastfeedingmatters #breastfedbaby #blackbreastfeedingmoms #blackmomsblog #blackmomsdobreastfeed #dropthecover
#breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness

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