Providing physical and emotional support for mothers and their partners during childbirth as well as helpful knowledge. The term "doula" was something I had heard here and there in various discussions before but the more I heard it being talked about and heard from a few women who were doulas, the more research I started to do.
I knew that this was a line of work that I could truly be passionate about. However, I wasn't sure how I was going to achieve this goal or where I would be able to receive the training I was looking for. By chance, I started talking to someone who was going to take an upcoming doula training workshop. I researched the program and after discovering the numerous accomplishments and qualifications of the instructor, I knew this opportunity had been placed in front of me at the right time, so I took the leap and signed up. I was trained under Ann Tumblin, LCCE, FACCE, CD, BDT(DONA), in Topsail Beach, NC. Not only was she an incredible teacher, but her passion and love for the work of a doula was so visible that it made the learning process even more meaningful. Words can not express how amazing of an experience it was. To be surround by women from all different walks of life, treating each other as equals with the common goal of making childbirth better for all women, was inspiring to say the least. My passion for helping women to have the best birth experience they can was truly awakened! My hope is to provide the best possible physical and emotional support for women and their partners during childbirth, as well as giving them the tools to advocate for themselves and know their rights. Each birth is special whether it is your first or your fifth and should be treated as such! I will be happy to answer any questions for you.
Operating as usual
Have you ever been told things, or hear other say things like this??
“Don’t do your pumping yet, there won’t be anything for the baby when he’s hungry!”
“She just ate! There’s not much left in there, try a pacifier to calm
or any other variations of this?
Don’t worry, you’ll never be truly empty (even if you have a little one going through a boob-monster phase!) #keepcalmfeedon #worldbreastfeedingweek2020
Your breasts are in a constant cycle of emptying and filling back up within the glandular tissue where you milk is made and stored. You are never empty and always have about 1/3 of your storage capacity within your breasts.
Also, did you know that while everyone makes around the same amount within a 24 hour period, we have different storage capacities of what we can hold any any given time. This is not due to breast size though (that's about fatty tissue, not glandular tissue). Since we all have different storage capacities and babies have different needs from hour to hour, day to day, they may need to breastfeed more frequently or less frequently than another baby you know. This is one reason why breastfeeding following your baby's cues rather than following the clock is so important. ♥️
Talk with your providers, try to prepare as best you can❤️ Babies will still be born!
The world is shutting down, but babies will be born.
We can’t control that.
Will they be born into chaos and panic?
Separation and isolation?
There is no evidence that separating mother & baby if either test positive for this virus is the right thing to do.
There is evidence that breastmilk has antibodies, bonding is crucial, and separation is traumatic.
Babies will continue to be born.
Preventing a birthing person from having their support team with them - not even a spouse, but ALSO not even their doula trained and contracted to provide them with emotional and physical comfort - is traumatic and brutal, plain and simple.
Babies will be born, and not everyone has the resources to birth out of a hospital. It’s just unfeasible.
I don’t know what the right answers are, but if separation and isolation and refusing support are the “right answers” now,
what is the plan to support and treat the resulting birth trauma, mental health diagnoses, breastfeeding issues, etc.?
I usually say, “ask a new mom how she’s doing,” and PLEASE DO THAT, but it’s time to check on your pregnant friends, too - because their babies will be born, even if the rest of the world is shut down.
Adding: I didn’t expect this post to take off or resonate with so many people so quickly.
My heart is with each and every single one of you, and it’s breaking for those of you who are so negatively affected right now.
Your feelings, fears, and concerns are all SO valid. You are heard and loved. So many of us are sending you soooo much love.
If you are unsure about your hospital’s policies and how it may affect your upcoming birth, I encourage you to reach out and ask for answers. Obviously this is an unprecedented situation, and things are changing quickly, but you can still be informed about the most up-to-date policies to help you navigate your new or existing birth plan.
Be prepared, and don’t let fear win.
Breathe, get fresh air, talk to your baby, talk to friends, take a break from the news, and relax however you can. ♥️
If you need help finding resources, please send me a message. I’m more than willing to help anyone who needs it, however I can, wherever you are.
You are supported and loved. You are NOT alone.
(And a very special thank you to ALL medical personnel right now... words can’t even start to describe our appreciation for all you are doing, now and always.)
“‘It continues to amaze us how many women go into child birth without a true understanding of what their bodies are about to endure and what they really need to recover,’ Hirschhorn says.
We still see blue liquid dripping onto menstrual pads during commercials for those products instead of something even remotely resembling blood, so it’s not terribly shocking that an ad showing the truth about recovering from birth was rejected. But until we normalize this conversation, the reality of it will continue to be censored — and moms will continue to be stunned by the difficulties they’ll face in the days after having a baby.”
No matter how you gave birth, postpartum recovery is hard. What if instead of telling horror stories, we helped new parents be prepared for this stage, just as much as we prep them on what to expect when they bring their newborn home?
The postpartum product company Frida Mom had an ad rejected from the Oscars for being too graphic about postpartum recovery.
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Maine is joining the ranks as a state that will require children to remain rear-facing until age two!! Yes this is possible, yes this is safe. Truly, children should actually rear-face much longer than two years (until they reach seat limits).
Here is the bill: https://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0389&item=3&snum=129
Why should you extend rear-facing?:
Myth busting: https://csftl.org/rear-facing-car-seat-myths-busted/
A very good video with a visual example of why ERF protects a child’s spinal column better: https://www.facebook.com/carseatsafetyconsultant/videos/1710097269263208/
Find a car seat that will help your child RF to two or longer using this link or by asking for help in the group CarSeat Safety :
Updated map of rear facing child restraint laws! This map is current and up to date as of 6/17/2019 Hopefully this year, we will see more turn pink across the United States.
Just a reminder, even though these laws are changing and updating, best practice is still what we recommend. The laws are just the bare minimum, and not always what’s safest.
Have you had a water birth?!🧜🏼♀️💕
midwivesofnj.com Waterbirth Is Safe In the largest waterbirth study ever conducted, Oregon State University found that being born underwater posed no additional risk of
Sending out Light and Love and remembering with you.
October 15 at 7pm, wherever you are, you are invited to light a candle in honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness and Remembrance.
Consent and knowing your rights during childbirth are so important. And it’s OKAY to say NO. childbirthconnection.org and evidencebasedbirth.com are great places to read up more on your rights, as well as procedures that may be brought up in discussion during check-ups and/or labor.
Why the need to check the cervix should be explained
Are the terms “foremilk” and “hindmilk” stressing you out?? Read this!
Milk is milk❤️🤱
I really love this photo and Facebook says it has been 2 years since I shared it. It helps to illustrate why “foremilk” and “hindmilk” are unhelpful terms. And it’s a useful illustration for why breast massage or the use of vibration (I recommend a vibrating kid’s toothbrush) can increase the fat content of breastmilk. Here we go...
Babies feeding at the breast get an increasing amount of fat in the milk as the feeding progresses. This increase in fat is an artifact of how we feed babies. If the baby was allowed unpredictable, continual access to the breast, the fat content would remain the same over the feeding. However, since continual access to the breast is unrealistic, we typically feed our babies as individual feedings separated over time (obviously better for our sanity). This results in low fat milk in the beginning of the feeding and higher fat content at the end.
The amount of fat in the milk varies with the amount of milk in the breast: a full breast has less fat and a less full breast has a higher fat content. This has a lot to do with the resistance of fat to being removed from the breast.
This picture shows lactating breast tissue, magnified 160 times, and fat cells stained with osmium tetroxide which makes them black. You can see the round appearance of the alveoli and the white center of the alveoli, which is milk. The fat cells hang on to the walls of the alveoli and it takes more energy to move them from that spot when the alveoli is full of milk compared to the energy needed when there is less milk being made. When the alveoli is not as full of milk, the fat is easier to remove.
So, when we wait for hours between feedings, the alveoli first releases milk with a lower fat content, and as milk is removed, more fat enters. We have a higher milk volume in the morning, which then is lower in fat, and a lower milk volume at night, which therefore has more fat. This often leads to discussions of "foremilk" and "hindmilk"- unhelpful terms that are used to describe lower fat milk and higher fat milk respectively. The use of those terms makes it seem as if there are two types of milk (low fat and and high fat) and as if there is a point at which we switch from one type to another. Neither is true. If you look at the picture, there are some alveoli full of milk with no fat in the center and others that are completely collapsed and full of fat. The picture demonstrates nicely that the fat content is not all -or -nothing. The increase in fat is gradual over the course of the feeding. “Foremilk” and “hindmilk” are terms that lead to confusion about lactose concentration as well. (But that’s Information for another post.)
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Today is the first day of World Breastfeeding Week! According to WABA, “In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health." #WBW2018 http://ow.ly/rYeT30lbtT6
And even though it can be exhausting, you’ll make it through❤️
This is such an amazing addition to our community!
Our depot opening at LincolnHealth Miles Campus is getting underway!
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The concept of a 'due' date is something that is very abstract in many cultures. If, like in Uganda, you count a pregnancy by the moons, you end up having a 'due month' and baby comes when she is perfectly ripe without causing mama lots of anxiety.
The very talented artist who created this beautiful illustration is Itaiana Battoni - Desenho Artístico.
"𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐠𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤, 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐞𝐭 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞”
This state of alertness will usually last for the first hour after birth as the baby is calm, awake, alert and taking in his surroundings.
All of his attention and energy is focused on seeing and hearing everything around him, especially his mother’s and father’s voice and faces.
This is the perfect time to bond with your newborn. It is the perfect time to cuddle and speak to your baby.
Holding your baby's face close to yours will allow him to see you and study your face.
This is a time not to miss or to waste with “hospital routine”…that can wait. This is a precious time to be together uninterrupted.
If the newborn remains close to his mother during this first hour, the Quiet Alert State can last even longer. 🌷🌷🌷
𝐓𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 My Baby Experts Community 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐲 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐲𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠.𝐜𝐨𝐦
Photo courtesy of Birth Unscripted
April ic C-Section awareness month, and we're celebrating all the C-Section moms who are strong as hell
Better visuals support our minds to blossom our babies down through labor 🌸🌻🌼
It’s World Doula Week!❤️
Happy World Doula Week!
What a lucky little helper!❤️
We can #normalizebirth by showing our children how beautiful and normal it is.
Fearing birth is something that is learned.
See how she’s not scared of birth?
PhotoCred: Hailey Sanders Photography
Midwife: Mother To Mother Midwifery
#normalizebirth #homebirth #familycenteredbirth #midwifeassistant #birth
This is a great informative post for breastfeeding mothers. One of the most common misconceptions that new breastfeeding mothers face is thinking if their newborn is eating very frequently, they must not be getting enough. In actuality, a newborn’s stomach is only about the size of a marble at birth and colostrum and breastmilk are digested very quickly. As the week progresses, their stomach sizes will start to increase some. (It is recognized that sometimes there can be something going on that might cause milk transfer issues. Most of these issues can easily be addressed by seeing an IBCLC/Lactation professional.)
A newborn is also going from life in a dark, quiet womb where the temperature was always regulated and they were nourished 24/7 to life in the outside full of noise, bright lights and experiencing what hunger is like. Not only are they going to be hungry a lot, but mom is their safe place!
Nurse on mamas and seek help and support from lactation professionals when needed!
Did you know babies are born with a need to suck? It is their survival instinct. They want to "nurse all the time." This action signals your body to keep producing (and even make more) milk. Don't worry about your baby eating too much, they only take in about a teaspoon per feed the first couple of days. This is biologically normal. They can "nurse all the time" since the amount they consume is small during the first feedings. It is a way for baby to communicate with mommy, allow opportunities to be close, learn feeding cues, and recover. Want to know what a teaspoon looks like? NOT like the large formula bottles, but rather the bead on the Lactation Lanyard or the amounts in these devices. https://www.birthingandbreastfeeding.com/shop.html
I so love surprise pregnancy announcements and gender reveals like this!
This gender reveal turned into such a surprise! Just wait for the end...😭 😭 😭
The Power of Breastmilk!
Worried about your newborn getting that virus your 2 year old has? As you are #nursing, your body will make antibodies against every #virus you are exposed to and deposit them in your milk to protect your baby from getting sick, or help them to get better faster. This is why suspending nursing when you have a cold or the flu is #BadAdvice . We can’t tell you how many moms have been given such misguided advice by well-meaning relatives or ill-informed pediatricians.
Source:: Hanson LA, et al. The mammary gland-infant intestine immunologic dyad Adv Exp Med Biol. 2000;478:65-76.
This makes a heart so happy!💕💙💕
"7.5 years married, 5 years of infertility, 3 IUIs, and 1 BIG surprise.
I was super nervous with excitement and and shock, and honestly didn't know what to do with all my emotions. We found out this news at 6 weeks, since we did a fertility procedure; but, this surprise was kept from my friends and family for about 10 weeks! (I'm 16 weeks along in this video.) Although in complete shock, we are super excited... We've waited to be 'Mom' and 'Dad', for a long time!"
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A Love What Matters Original Video
This looks so great! I can’t wait to watch! (*slight language warning)
It’s Time!!! The Birth Time Trailer has officially launched!!
We would love your thoughts - simply leave us a comment under the video. And please help us by sharing this - we need your donations to help us with the final push to get the full Birth Time Documentary launched this year www.birthtime.world
Lots of love from the Birth Time team,
Jo, Jerusha, Zoe & Selina xx
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Happy First Birthday to this little sweetie! It was an honor to be present for your fast&furious journey into the world! 💕
I am honored to have the pleasure of sharing the arrival of this beautiful little princess! Eliana made quite the entrance earth side yesterday and her mama was amazing.
You are already so loved, little one!❤️👑🎀
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