Kourtney Britton Doula Services

Kourtney Britton Doula Services

I am a passionate birth worker providing full spectrum doula care in the Michiana area. I hold space for people and families going through some of the most transformative times of their lives including birth, loss, postpartum, and beyond.

Operating as usual

Photos from Kourtney Britton Doula Services's post 10/23/2021

I have openings for placenta clients the next few months!

10/06/2021

Hey all! I’ve been a bit MIA lately but I wanted to make a quick post saying my messages are still always open if anyone needs anything or has questions.

I am also accepting placenta encapsulation clients from now until the foreseeable future and I am open to booking birth and postpartum clients after the new year☺️ Have a beautiful week!✨

08/17/2021

How cool is this pottery dilation example?!✨

via instagram • @thelumpymug • “Cervical dilation in clay! I discovered a few years ago that when I was measuring my pots to make identical sized pieces I would check my pot like I would check a cervix. It was an extremely accurate way to measure for me and also hilarious to try and explain to my studio mates! After I made this little photo series I had my husband bust out the ruler to see how accurate my final measurement was… 10.16cm!! (Takes a bow)”

08/09/2021

Will be semi-spontaneously camping with my family the rest of the week, so if you need anything please know we will have minimal tech time (and probably service), your patience is appreciated☺️

Have a great week!!

Photos from Kourtney Britton Doula Services's post 08/07/2021

Now offering placenta encapsulation, tinctures, prints, and keepsakes✨

Love love LOVE how these prints turned out! Such a beautiful piece to have! And now mama gets over 100 capsules full of great health benefits and a tincture for when their gone💛

Have questions? Never hesitate to reach out!

08/07/2021

In the hospital it is usually encouraged that moms breastfeed every 2-3 hours to nourish the baby and bring in a good future milk supply.

It’s math: 8-12 feeds in 24 hours (ideal) = nursing every 2-3 hours 📚📈

It’s a quick and easy way to get the message across that this baby needs to eat, and often.

Unfortunately, new parents seem think breastfeeding is going to be like the first picture (cereal)...all the feeds perfectly spaced out and all the same size. Every 2-3 hours. Easy. And the baby will sleep like an angel in between....

THIS IS NOT REALITY. In reality, your sweet newborn baby will have good feeds, short feeds, sleepy feeds, crappy feeds, and everything in between!

The visual of the blueberries is amazing because it shows how realistically feedings are at all different times and different lengths (bigger blueberries ☺️). And did you count the berries?!? More than enough!

Yes, we want you to nurse every 2-3 hours, but the baby calls the shots. Less watching the clock ⏰ and more watching for feeding cues 👶🏻 😃
#repost @ohioparentingcollabrative

08/05/2021

Say hello to the new babyyyy🌸

Her name is Dolly and she has lots of toes and cute little mitten paws🥺 She’s not sure about her dog yet, but we’ll get there. Our dog is an acquired taste🤣

08/03/2021

Ahhhh finished product😍✨

Milk Maker Breastfeeding Sticker 08/01/2021

Milk Maker Breastfeeding Sticker

New Etsy listing in honor of World Breastfeeding/Bodyfeeding Week!✨

Milk Maker Breastfeeding Sticker In honor of world breastfeeding week and month, a new Milk Maker sticker! Celebrate your nursing achievements or help spread the normalizing of breastfeeding with this super cute sticker on your laptop, phone case, water bottle, and more! Made with care and love from a long time nursing mama💛

Milk Maker Breastfeeding Sticker 08/01/2021

Milk Maker Breastfeeding Sticker

Happy World Breastfeeding Week, folks!

To kick off the week right I’m dropping my new “Milk Maker” sticker in my etsy shop, check it out below!✨

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1060712941/milk-maker-breastfeeding-sticker

Milk Maker Breastfeeding Sticker In honor of world breastfeeding week and month, a new Milk Maker sticker! Celebrate your nursing achievements or help spread the normalizing of breastfeeding with this super cute sticker on your laptop, phone case, water bottle, and more! Made with care and love from a long time nursing mama💛

Photos from Kourtney Britton Doula Services's post 08/01/2021

One of my favorite parts of being your doula? Bringing you a postpartum meal!💛 One less thing for you to worry about and who doesn’t love food delivered right to your door and company?🤣🤤

I also got so spoiled with all kinds of wonderful gifts from my client🥺 So lucky to have them and this job!

Photos from Kourtney Britton Doula Services's post 07/30/2021

✨GIVEAWAY✨

August is national breastfeeding month, so this ones for the nursing folks!

I have a haakaa and sticker bundle to give away😍 Haakaa from Woman's Choice Perinatal Services and sticker by yours truly! Free drop off for locals!

To enter:
1. React to this post
2. Share to your page
3. Tag your friends for extra entries!

Winner will be chosen at random on 8/8🌿

Full Spectrum Birth Worker Doula Sticker 07/29/2021

Full Spectrum Birth Worker Doula Sticker

Stickers are on sale for $3!! More designs coming soon😊💗

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1048997563/full-spectrum-birth-worker-doula-sticker

Full Spectrum Birth Worker Doula Sticker 3 inch stickers for badass birth workers! Part of the proceeds go to my birth work donation supplies and services, so each purchase helps feed into my cummunity and build up a small business owner☺️✨

07/26/2021

Sweet baby details🥺

Got to witness another wonderful family welcome a beautiful little being into the world this weekend. I am always so honored for this trust and opportunity to support folks in such an important time in their lives✨ Welcome sweet baby!

07/21/2021

My new dehydrator will be here tonight!! That means some serious placenta processing will be going on over at Kourtney Britton Doula Services😍

If you or anyone you know is looking for placenta encapsulation and keepsakes, shoot me a message! Super easy process for you, lots of benefits, and a way to honor your birth and pregnancy experience.

Want to learn more about what you can do with your placenta postpartum? I’d love to chat!

michiganfullspectrumdoula.com

07/20/2021

Love this!

Bartering has become such a lost art. I personally love to barter when it's possible to do so.
My husband needed help getting this swing set up. Just so happens that my client's husband does wood work and I bartered a one month service invoice in exchange for his help.
If you need help affording a doula, ask them if they barter. Maybe you have a skill that your doula could use.
Visit Womanschoiceperinatal.com to schedule a free consultation for your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum needs.

#doula #barter #trade #pregnancy #affordable

How Can I Afford a Doula? Some Helpful Ideas To Get The Birth Support of Your Dreams! 07/19/2021

How Can I Afford a Doula? Some Helpful Ideas To Get The Birth Support of Your Dreams!

Such great information if you’re looking into getting a doula!

How Can I Afford a Doula? Some Helpful Ideas To Get The Birth Support of Your Dreams! Hiring a doula to be a part of your birth support team is an investment into your pregnancy, birth AND postpartum. The right doula can help make your birth a positive, educated, and empowering experience. Therefore, making the selection of a doula a very personal decision, one that can take some tim...

Photos from Kourtney Britton Doula Services's post 07/17/2021

This was such a special commission piece!! I was so honored with the trust. This is healing from birth trauma. Such a strong, inspirational mama and babies✨

07/16/2021

DILATION STATION! 💯

Aka the "Get it done position." 💪🏽 Most of my clients know that I love using the toilet for labor. It's the best way to release a pelvic floor and help a baby descend into the pelvis. The contractions are super intense on the potty, but that's because they are super productive! Trust me when I tell you, this is one of the all time best labor positions!

🚽you are naturally prone to relaxing your pelvic floor and perineum while sitting on the toilet.
🚽the bathroom is a place of privacy and solitude and you are used to relaxing in this room.
🚽you are using gravity
🚽you are opening your pelvis.
🚽you are allowing your baby lots of room to rotate and navigate the birth canal.
🚽you can also turn around and straddle the toilet with a pillow in front of you for comfort.

I call it the “dilation station” for a reason. I’ve encouraged many mommies to spend some time laboring on the toilet. It’s not uncommon for baby to come rather quickly after that 🤗

Instagram: www.instagram.com/doulaviewllc

📸: @thebirthbutler

#getthatbabyout @doulaviewllc #relaxyourpelvicfloor #freetool #openpelvis #labortip #dilationstation #bathroom #thebirthimpact
#doula #homebirth #naturalbirth #partonormal #porcelainthrone #birth #doulaviewllc #pregnancy #mothers #doulas #naturalchildbirth #thelamazedoula #itsyourbirthdoula #itsyourbirth #ilovemydoula #midwife #waterbirth #contractions #labor #AtlantaDoula

Photos from Hilary Duff's post 07/13/2021

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07/13/2021

"I'm going to check you"⁠
"I'm just going to break your water" ⁠
"We're going to start an IV antibiotic" ⁠
"You really need to do this right now"⁠
“You’re not allowed to (walk around, eat, fill in the blank…)"⁠

None of these are examples of informed consent. ⁠
Informed consent is a legal, human, and ethical right - established by law.⁠

It’s a discussion that includes:⁠
1️⃣ risks (including future potential risks, i.e. repeat cesareans, post-episiotomy pain, impacting sex life)⁠
2️⃣ benefits⁠
3️⃣ alternatives⁠

Informed consent also includes the right to INFORMED REFUSAL.⁠

That means you have a legal right to say NO at your birth to anything you believe is not in your and baby's best interest.⁠

Your voice counts and what you say matters.⁠

Being guilted into something or otherwise psychologically pressured is a violation of informed consent.⁠

But violations are common and accepted. It’s common for a practitioner to say something like: ‘a good mom would do this’ and ‘you wouldn’t want to harm your baby’ or “I know this is what you want, but my job is to look out for your baby.” Legally YOU are the one who gets to choose for you and baby and LEGALLY that should be without repercussions to you regardless of outcome. YOU get to make the risk-benefit analysis, but that means getting educated ahead of time. And that’s what I’m here to help you do.⁠

If you want to learn what your birth rights are, the difference between birth rights and hospital policy, and more on how to be your own advocate, I invite you to join my FREE #ideservebirthsupport pregnancy, birth, and postpartum course via the link in bio.⁠

Once you join, you'll have access to the previously recorded videos (including the one on advocacy), in addition to supplemental PDFs and guided videos - and all of the ongoing classes coming up, plus the ongoing weekly support group.⁠

Speaking up for ourselves, and speaking our truth makes a difference. It’s how every change in healthcare has actually occurred. And never doubt what s group of committed women can do!

07/12/2021

My important reminder for the day!

When I bring up “the birth plan” people are either so excited to gush over very single detail of their dream experience, they’ve been thinking about this a lot! While others are more....wait what’s a birth plan? They don’t want or need that! Which is a great attitude to have because birth is beautifully unpredictable, you can’t dictate it.

BUT. The true power in the birth plan is not having a super strict laid out plan, but to learn and understand all of your options when it comes to your birth experience and even postpartum. I like to show clients a sample plan and lay out all the options and the thing I hear most (and LOVE hearing) is “wow that’s not even something I thought about or knew before!” But they do now✨

THAT’S where the power comes from.

Photos from Kourtney Britton Doula Services's post 07/12/2021

Some orders going out today! Had the best little helper! I still have stickers left in stock if you want to snag one✨

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MichiganDoulaArt

07/09/2021

⬆️Vertical Birth⬇️

It can be so easy or so complicated. It’s understanding the physiology that makes the most difference in outcome.
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Less than 10% of women in the U.S. give birth in a standing and/or vertical position.
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This is due to the large use of anesthesia, technology, fetal monitoring, interventions, convenience and the feeling of not having a choice in birthing positions.

𝘽𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙝:
👍🏼the need for pain medication decreases
👍🏼labour is shorter
👍🏼pelvic space is increased by up to 30% which aids natural descent and rotation of baby
👍🏼it’s the best position to aid physiological birth
👍🏼better blood flow to baby which decreases the chances of fetal distress
👍🏼decreases the need for emergency cesarean, episiotomy, vacuum or forceps
👍🏼less likely to need medical help
👍🏼helps aid the natural urge to bear down once you are fully dilated and effaced
👍🏼contractions are more effective
👍🏼gravity aids the progression of baby going down into the pelvis and out of the birth canal
👍🏼birthing parents overall satisfaction of the birth increases

💁🏽‍♀️Talk with your provider about birthing positions. If you’re provider is not comfortable or supportive of choosing an upright birth, it may be time to switch providers.

#thebirthimpact #doulaviewllc
#verticalbirth #gravity #informedbirth #pregnancy #birth #thelamazedoula #itsyourbirth #BirthBecomesHer #pregnancy #AtlantaDoula #doulas #midwives #childbirtheducation

📸: @sarahvogeldoula⁣

#thebirthimpact #thelamazedoula #doulaviewllc #verticalbirth #informedbirth #birthsupport #doulas #partners #midwives

MichiganDoulaArt on Etsy 07/09/2021

MichiganDoulaArt on Etsy

Officially have some listings on my Etsy! Check it out✨

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MichiganDoulaArt

MichiganDoulaArt on Etsy You searched for: MichiganDoulaArt! Discover the unique items that MichiganDoulaArt creates. At Etsy, we pride ourselves on our global community of sellers. Each Etsy seller helps contribute to a global marketplace of creative goods. By supporting MichiganDoulaArt, you’re supporting a small busine...

Photos from Kourtney Britton Doula Services's post 07/08/2021

Ahhh stickers are in😍✨ I’m so excited to have something I made in my hands like this, I hope other folks will enjoy them too!

Photos from The Educated Birth's post 07/07/2021

This is one of the many reasons people overlook the postpartum period.

People are forced to rush back to work, not even physically or mentally healed from their birth experience. Lacking sleep, rest, general self-care. Going through a huge life transition and that parental guilt of having to leave your babe so soon. Staying home any longer than a few weeks is made out to be a luxury. And it’s not. I am here to constantly (like get on your nerves constant!!) remind you that postpartum healing and support is an absolute NECESSITY.

Heal your body, build your village for support, rest, do things that make you feel grounded and happy, spend time with your family, eat nutritious meals, and plan ahead for the 4th trimester💛

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