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So true!! 😂😂😅😅
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Empowered Birth Cenla
In honor of Parks and Rec releasing a new episode during quarantine! 😆
Any Leslie Knope fans out there? 🙋♀️
huffpost.com Giving birth while there's a COVID-19 outbreak is stressful. And many new parents feel incredibly alone.
Humans. We are in dire straits right now.
I know a lot of you are stressed out and as we all hang on for dear life over these few weeks, you might be feeling the pressure to get all of those things done that you just normally can't get around to.
I hope that, during this collective trauma we are all sharing in, that you know that it's ok if we come out the other side of this and you find that you didn't actually write that novel. You didn't learn another language. You didn't paint a masterpiece or crochet an afghan or learn how to make artisan sourdough from wild yeast or renovate your whole house or, heck, even clean your house. 😉
Some people cope with crisis by DOING, but if the only thing you can do during this time is SURVIVE, that's alright, too.
#OPDS #doula #covidkindness #covid #northwestarkansas #quarantine
A lot of hospitals are limiting visitors for good reason, however, doulas are NOT visitors! As a committed professional, I will do whatever I can to support my clients, including coronavirus screening, wearing a mask, or providing virtual support. Please, hospitals, don't limit our physical access to our birthing clients. ACOG recognizes that doula care improves birth outcomes (plus, it makes your job easier)!
Here's the tea. Doulas are essential. Make sure that your hospital is supporting your *entire* care team amid COVID19 visitor restriction policies! Doulas are evidence based professional care providers, NOT visitors! SIGN THE PETITION TO PROTECT DOULAS http://chng.it/r6q4QJtJ
"AWHONN supports doulas as partners in care and acknowledges their ability to provide physical, emotional, and partner support to women. AWHONN opposes hospital policies that restrict the presence of a doula in the inpatient setting during an infectious disease outbreak."
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"If restriction of all visitors is implemented, facilities can consider exceptions based on end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the patient’s emotional well-being and care." - CDC
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ACOG: "Currently, there is no evidence that pregnant women are more susceptible to COVID‐19 infection and that those with COVID‐19 infection are more prone to developing severe pneumonia. There is also no evidence of vertical mother‐to‐baby transmission of COVID‐19 infection when the maternal infection manifests in the third trimester. Our opinions are in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID‐19 infection should not be the sole indication for delivery; rather, the patient should be duly assessed, and management, timing and mode of delivery should be individualized, dependent mainly on the clinical status of the patient, gestational age and fetal condition."
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) joint statement: Obstetric Care Consensus: Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery says this about the effect of labor support:
“Increasing women’s access to nonmedical interventions during labor, such as continuous labor and delivery support, also has been shown to reduce cesarean birth rates.”
“Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”
“…the presence of continuous one-on-one support during labor and delivery was associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean delivery.”
“Given that there are no associated measurable harms, this resource is probably underutilized.”
Read more here: https://www.acog.org/~/media/Obstetric%20Care%20Consensus%20Series/oc001.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20140220T0709497934
I'm so excited to now offer virtual support! If you are pregnant or just had a baby and need one-on-one support, but are concerned about #germs , you can now book a time with me to ask any questions that you might have from the comfort of your own home! Head to my website to book! https://www.ozarkpinedoulaservices.com
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My Missing Peace
April 1st is fast approaching... Remember faking a pregnancy is NOT funny its hurtful to so many families out there, be more creative this April fools!
This isn’t about censorship it’s about asking for consideration. If your friend has shared this they are letting you know it’s hurtful to them.
If you've ever talked to me about birth, you have probably noticed that I don't like to use words like "fear" or "pain" to describe the birth experience, and if you're a NEW mama, I've probably suggested alternative words that you can use in anticipation of your own birth 😉
Having a positive birth outlook prior to labor can make a huge difference, even when things dont work out exactly the way we have planned.
mothering.com After you give birth, you tell your own birth story. What you say and how you say it matters more than you know. Why doesn't anyone tell the inspiring ones?
Ever get tired of people asking what you're having?
The MAMA Project
lovewhatmatters.com "Before I sacrificed time for you, your mother gladly sacrificed her body. Before I consoled you when you were upset, your mother consoled you with just the beat of her heart. Your mother is the reason I hold you today. I will never be able to repay her."
YOU are more important than how you feed your baby.
I can’t say this enough!
There’s this underlying belief, held by even some lactation professionals, that exclusive, at the breast feeding is THE MOST important thing.
The most important thing is a parent to be alive.
And we have to acknowledge that there are times when people prioritize the method of feeding over the mental health of the parents they are supporting.
Current guidelines encourage exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and any breastfeeding for at least 2 years.
If you need to pump rather than feed directly at the breast- do it.
If you need your partner to take over all night time feeds so you can get sleep- do it.
If trying to resolve breastfeeding challenges is taking everything out of you and you feel exclusive formula will be better for your mental health- do it.
If you feel combo feeding both formula and breastfeed, is something that will work best for your family- do it.
If you feel that exclusive breastfeeding will heal your heart from past breastfeeding grief- do it.
Mental health issues are already stigmatized and getting proper support is hard enough.
Just know that there are people out there who will not only support you on your journey- however that looks- but also help you get linked up with the appropriate help.
Holistic Renegade Birth & Postpartum Services
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cpsc.gov Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled infant carriers and contact Infantino for instructions on how to receive a free replacement carrier.
community.today.com Stay at home mom (SAHM) depression is the elephant in the room nobody talks about. I mean, how dare you complain after being gifted this opportunity to stay at home and raise your own kids?
Morning Sickness. What a cute name for something that can make you feel awful all day for weeks or months!
No one is absolutely certain why some people experience nausea and vomiting as an early sign of pregnancy, but what we definitely know is that it SUCKS. Here are some tips to help you feel better!
For some reason, sour flavors, like lemon slices can help ease nausea! Suck on a slice of lemon, or try sour hard candies when you feel gross.
A well known old time remedy for all sorts of tummy troubles! It can be very spicy fresh, but a crystalized version is milder and easier to eat. There are also ginger chews available!
Pad your stomach
Something that helps many queasy pregnant tummies is never letting them get too empty. Keep crackers or other gentle, carbohydrate snacks around and include proteins when possible to keep blood sugars stable, so that your stomach is never so empty that you feel hungry-nauseous.
Small sips of ice water can do wonders for nausea!
Sea-Bands work by pressing on a point on your wrist that helps ease nausea. These can be found at most drug stores!
Get an RX
For more severe nausea, there are several options for medication that might help. Talk to your doctor to find out if this might be a good option for you!
Follow for more tips!
#doula #postpartumdoula #infantcaredoula #morningsickness #pregnancy #northwestarkansas #fayettevillear #postpartum #seabands #ginger #parenting #parentingtips #bossbabesunite
There can be a lot of confusion around what a doula does and does not do. We aren't able to control the journey of a birth, but we can hold space for fears, encourage, and support you. We don't get to change or determine the birth outcome, but we want to work with you to make it the most positive experience it can be.
I can't take away the pain, but I can wipe away your tears.
I can't make the process fast, but I can hold you to help the time pass.
I can't take away your fears, but I can whisper in your ear, that you are strong, you are brave and you will conquer today.
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I am your Doula and I will always have your back.
#youaresostrong #youaresobrave #birthworker #laboroflove
pregnantchicken.com When your morning sickness has turned into something much worse, something with a scary sounding name called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).
Postpartum doulas be like....
4029tv.com The strollers were manufactured in China and sold at Target and Amazon between October and November of 2019.
This one never gets old.
I cannot stop watching this. OMG help me!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
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This made me laugh too hard!! 😂😂😂 #doulaslovethemsomebirthballs #doulas #birthball #birth #homebirth #freebirth #unassistedbirth #hospitalbirth #getyouaball
Baby! It's COLD outside! How do I dress my baby when the weather is cold? How can I tell that they are warm enough (or TOO warm?)
A good rule of thumb for when you are dressing your baby for cold weather is that why should be wearing one more layer than you would be comfortable in! Typically, babies are pretty good at telling us when they are uncomfortable 😉, however if you aren't sure if your baby is chilled or too warm, placing your hand on the back of their neck is a simple way to tell....chilly? They might be more comfortable with an additional light layer. Sweaty? Your baby is too hot! Remove a layer!
#northwestarkansas #doula #postpartumdoula #postpartum #parentinghacks #parentingtips #infantcare #bentonvillear #fayettevillear #babyitscoldoutside
arkansasfamilydoulas.com You’ve heard doulas are awesome, but you’re pretty sure you want an epidural. Does this mean you can’t have an epidural? (Spoiler alert: not at AFD, it doesn’t!)
These might just be the best baby facial expressions I have ever captured! Mom and Dad both said she came out with this same face! I just love it!
Knowledge is power in birth! Pain is inevitable, suffering is NOT. Birth is pain with a purpose, it is there to facilitate our bodies natural mechanisms to get. that. baby. OUT. Learn how to cope by learning about the process, take a childbirth class, and build a birth team who will support YOU.
Make sure to follow for more birth tips & tricks!
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Juniper Doula Services
I spent yesterday feeling a little angry and powerless about a particular cartoon by a well-known Australian cartoonist.
Today I realised I might be angry, but I’m not powerless. This is my response.
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Birthing Days Doula & Childbirth Services
Did you know that this is how you are suppose to take off onesies if your little one has a big accident?
I had no idea 🤦🏽♀️ till just about a year ago. This knowledge could have saved me.
If I had to give one piece of advice....
So no snaps?
EDIT: I didn't realize people had such strong feelings about this. 😂 I don't mind snaps and actually hated the gowns because my kids would kick and get mad that their feet were tangled up.
[10/14/19] I had a great morning sharing all about doulas and what doula support looks like with my friends at Fayetteville Momtourage!
🤣😂 so unfortunately true! The thing about babies is that, somehow, they just can't seem to read a calendar 🤔📆 it would be so much easier if they could! How "wrong" was your "due date"?
My babies came at 38+5 and 39+3!
Babies have their own agendas! 😉
Breastfeeding Mama Talk
"Full-term breastfeeding. This refers to breastfeeding for as long as is mutually desired for the parent & child. The natural weaning age for humans is between 2.5 & 7 years. When given the opportunity to nurse full-term, a child will often nurse to somewhere in that range.
We sometimes hear the term "extended breastfeeding" used here, but there's nothing "extended" about nursing a child beyond infancy. It's just normal feeding. It's what our children are intended to do & what our adult bodies are intended to do.
Breastfeeding beyond infancy contributes to your child's health, nutrition, & their intellectual, mental, & social development. Yes please to all of that!
Breastfeeding beyond infancy is beneficial for the parent, too! It delays the return of fertility, protects against osteoporosis, & reduces the risk of many diseases such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, & heart disease. Again - yes please!
And in case you're wondering, yes, pumping & feeding your milk does give the same benefits to both children & adults!
So let's normalize full-term Breastfeeding! Have you nursed beyond infancy or are you planning on doing so?"
Via Latched LA
Doula My Soul
I say this a lot. Almost every visit. Internal pressure, external pressure, and instinctive pressure to breastfeed at all costs- with huge sacrifices to mental and physical health... it just shouldn’t be that way. As a lactation community, we need to do better. Better education of ourselves and one another, better information for our patients and clients, better solutions when it’s not working... and listening to the goals and voices of those in front of us. We should never sacrifice families to the altar of “liquid gold.” God, I hate that term. Milk is food. Your worth is not determined by how much milk you make or don’t make. You are important and your baby is important and your family is, too.
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