Zippity Doula

Zippity Doula Zippity Doula provides personalized, evidence-based care to families before, during and after birth.

Zippity Doula is a Arkansas Valley-based certified Labor Doula seeking to serve diverse families and individuals in all stages of pregnancy and birth. Zippity Doula encourages all birthing people to use evidence-based birth resources to create a safe, empowering birth experience.

Hi- it’s me! I needed to share this important read about the role doulas can play in reducing the horrific mortality rat...
01/18/2023

Hi- it’s me!

I needed to share this important read about the role doulas can play in reducing the horrific mortality rate in black people. It’s a good read, and gives perspective into the care a doula can provide during labor and postpartum.

A St. Louis doula program, part of a nonprofit that received funding in the $1.7 trillion federal budget bill, looks for solutions in a benefit largely associated with affluent white women.

Chaffee County resources
02/08/2022

Chaffee County resources

10/08/2021

The complexity of breastfeeding is what photographer Sophie Harris-Taylor set out to explore in her now-viral portrait series, Milk.

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06/28/2021

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“The last two times I’ve arrived at my client’s place, she has taken a nap as soon as I got there.

Today, she napped for about 3 hours.

While she rested, I folded a few loads of laundry, looked after her older children, cleaned the kitchen, bathroom and living room, organized some things she hadn’t gotten around to and made sausage, potato, and kale soup.

When she woke up, I continued to clean and organize so she could rest.

We chatted about sleep associations and how to set up an environment to promote sleep for her newborn. I made her an herbal infusion and we ended the day with an hour massage.

I’m working to change the way we support new moms. Much of what I do for my clients is not the role of a postpartum doula. But that’s okay.

Here’s why…what I do for new moms is what family does for new moms in others cultures.

They do everything that needs to be done around the house so the new mom can focus on resting and bonding with her baby.

I’m bringing those cultural traditions to moms here in my community…a community where many of us have been left unsupported and disconnected.

You deserve this type of care as a mom within your first two years postpartum. Don’t focus on those who forgot about you. I remembered and I am here for you!

It is so important that we hold new mothers to a high regard and treat them with so much love and kindness in their postpartum time.

Most of us who are on the outside looking in to the life of a new mom only see warm moments where they are cuddling and loving on their babies.

We rarely see those moments where they are breaking down because they are sleep deprived and struggling to find balance in their transition into motherhood. Many new moms feel disconnected with themselves and their community and are hanging on by a thread.

Every opportunity you get, show kindness to the new mom and let them know you are there to hold space for them and show your support with absolutely no judgment. Nurture them and help them feel empowered in their postpartum journey.”



Credit: Kilah Lawson

Having a summer or fall baby? Zippity Doula has your back! Comfort measures classes are a great way to prepare yourself ...
04/27/2021

Having a summer or fall baby? Zippity Doula has your back!

Comfort measures classes are a great way to prepare yourself and your birthing team with tips and tricks aimed at keeping the birthing person comfortable as they labor. As a certified Birth Doula with experience in Spinning Babies I can offer several different relaxation techniques aimed at decreasing labor duration and optimizing baby's positioning. Classes are typically between an hour and an hour and a half and can be in person or virtual.

Group classes online are $15 per family and private classes are $25.

May's group class will be Tuesday, May 11th from 6:30-8pm. A Zoom link will be sent with e-mail registration for the class. Please get in touch today to reserve a spot!
PC: Diana Coulter

12/14/2020
Hi! I've been working hard on creating a childbirth education series to offer to the community. In the meantime, I'm exc...
12/14/2020

Hi! I've been working hard on creating a childbirth education series to offer to the community. In the meantime, I'm excited to get back into birth work! I've updated my website with more information about birth services, postpartum services and night doula services for the Arkansas Valley. I'll be sure to provide more information when my childbirth education series is ready, but for now, let me know if you would like to schedule a private comfort measures class- an hour and a half introduction to techniques that you and your partner can practice before using them in labor. Let's get in touch soon!
PC: Diana Coulter Photography

I’ve been doing lots of exploring in my new community lately, and working hard on recertification as a labor doula. To c...
10/27/2020

I’ve been doing lots of exploring in my new community lately, and working hard on recertification as a labor doula. To celebrate being a MCD (Madriella Certified Doula) all Birth clients booking in November or January get a special deal! Let’s talk soon about how we can work together in bringing your new loved one home.

10/27/2020
Zippity Doula is now serving the Arkansas Valley and surrounding area. Taking clients in Salida, BV, Cañon City, Leadvil...
08/25/2020

Zippity Doula is now serving the Arkansas Valley and surrounding area. Taking clients in Salida, BV, Cañon City, Leadville, Gunnison and Crested Butte for Birth doula services and providing virtual or in person comfort measures classes on an as-needed basis right now. 💫Let’s work together soon! 💫

06/05/2020

We have been asked, "Is it safe to breastfeed after being exposed to tear gas?" Yes, usually.
We know this question is of concern for some nursing parents right now.
From LLL of Asia and Middle East, “Unless a mother is repeatedly exposed to tear gas in large quantities, for example, as a riot control police officer, frontline protestor or journalist, there is no reason to avoid nursing.”
Read more at:https://www.lllasia.org/uploads/1/2/3/4/123407059/tear_gas_exposure_and_breastfeeding_-_revised_12.18.2019.pdf

[Image text: Tear gas + breastfeeding]

06/02/2020

Stand in collective solidarity with BIPOC Birthworker. 100% of your donation is used to support BIPOC birthworkers across the United States to continue to support marginalized communities in the fight against maternal and infant mortality and push forward reproductive justice for all. Funds are used...

I didn't become a doula for the money-- most of you know that I wasn't paid for any doula work until I was almost two ye...
05/28/2020

I didn't become a doula for the money-- most of you know that I wasn't paid for any doula work until I was almost two years into this path. I became a doula to support women who didn't feel like they yet had the knowledge and power to have the birth they wanted for themselves and their baby. I've learned through birth work that being a doula isn't just about feelings; for some birthing people, it's a matter of life or death. Black, indigenous and people of color die at 2-3x the rate of white women in the year leading up to birth and a year after-- even the CDC has taken note of this and is investing money into programs to address this. For some, having a doula can be a luxury these days, but for others it's another level of support to address a system that is failing black families.

That's why I've made my birth fee significantly discounted at 50% of typical fee (with the addition that nobody will be turned away for lack of funds) for black, indigenous and people of color. Increasing inclusivity into birth work is crucial, and I don't use that word dramatically- it is crucial that we step up to meet the needs of our communities. I'm going to make it a point to highlight birth workers of color (looks like I should work on being better at posting on social media :-)) and will support black maternal health initiatives wherever I can.

Doula community of Boulder- what are you doing to support BIPOC? It's time we raise our voices and start chipping away at systems that cause mortality statistics like this to exist.

CDC public health news, press releases, government public health news, medical and disease news, story ideas, photos.

Thinking about doula support for your June or July birth but concerned about factors in our COVID world like hospital vi...
05/21/2020

Thinking about doula support for your June or July birth but concerned about factors in our COVID world like hospital visitor policies and finances? Please get in touch today and we can talk about what doula support can look like for your family. I'm offering a discount for families booking right now as I know everyone is affected and expenses are tight. I have openings for 1 birth client and 1 postpartum client in June and 1 birth client in July on the Front Range. Let's chat about doula support for you :-)

Congee is one of the foods I cook families when they bring a new little one home. Here's a great savory congee recipe fr...
05/13/2020

Congee is one of the foods I cook families when they bring a new little one home. Here's a great savory congee recipe from The New York Times.

You don’t need much to make this breakfast porridge (or dinner-worthy soup): Just rice, water and time.

12/23/2019

Denver Mamas! Please check out this great opportunity from a friend:
We are looking for 50 moms to be a part of our inner circle, to be our “founding members" to help us shape our product, to equip new moms with strength for the marathon of motherhood, and to be a voice for those looking for support during this overwhelming time of life. We will be asking you to engage with an app over a two week period of time. New content, relevant to you as a mom with a new baby, will be added daily, but your engagement will ultimately up to you. You will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for participating in this first round, with the incentive being higher in the next round (Feb/March).

Criteria for participation include
• Consider yourself an early adopter
• Live in a major metropolitan area
• Have a baby 4 months old or younger
• Have a smartphone/internet access
• Household income $100K+
• Willingness to sign a non-disclosure agreement

If you are interested or know someone that might be, please contact Regan at [email protected].

It’s such a blessing to be able to support families through a magical time like the arrival of their baby. I feel so gra...
12/22/2019

It’s such a blessing to be able to support families through a magical time like the arrival of their baby. I feel so grateful for the ability to build relationships with families and work together to bring baby in with the most comfort, love and joy ✨📸.

Yesterday’s prenatal appointment (with my sister, who’s expecting in March!) took a funny turn...                       ...
12/15/2019

Yesterday’s prenatal appointment (with my sister, who’s expecting in March!) took a funny turn...

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12/13/2019

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Have you wondered whether hiring a doula for your birth would be "worth it"
Talk to those who did. Whatever happens in the course of a labor and birth, doulas are worth their weight in gold.
From advocacy, to physical and emotional support, perks like photographing your birth and documenting on a timeline, relationships developed within your team, and the countless hip squeezes. Whether birthing naturally, with pain meds or having a c-section--Doulas are invaluable.

If a Sage Doula supported you during your birth, write your #1 reason for hiring a doula in the comments!!

Sage Birth & Wellness Doulas taking clients for 2020

Birth and Postpartum Doula packages make amazing holiday gifts! See you in 2020!

When  and I met to take these photos, I was in a vulnerable place- I had just experienced a big life change and was work...
11/11/2019

When and I met to take these photos, I was in a vulnerable place- I had just experienced a big life change and was working through what came next (always a work in progress, right?). Diana is one of those people that you instantly feel like you've known for years, and made this branding shoot one of my favorite afternoons in a hard season for me. If you're in the market for a wedding/branding/maternity/newborn/lifestyle photographer, check her out! PS- she's really good at birth photography too, maybe we can convince her to start doing births too? Check her out here: www.dianacoulter.com

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11/08/2019

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Often births are at night. We get called at magical times during the night and I often get to see things that I imagine most people don’t get to see… just because most people aren’t driving down a mountain canyon at 3 in the morning.
Last night it was cold and clear on my way to the birth I saw a splendid shooting star. I have to admit sometimes I am a touch cranky when I have to leave my bed and walk down the icy driveway in single digit weather to drive to a birth… but often when I feel like that I am given a gentle reminder from shooting stars or shy animals that I get to do amazing things as Midwife, and the journey to the birth is one of those.
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Happy Halloween!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween!

Check it out! 5:30-7.
10/22/2019

Check it out! 5:30-7.

This Wednesday, MamaKin hosts a Salt Bowl Ceremony!

Gather with us in the ancient tradition of the Salt Bowl Ceremony. This beautiful manifestation ritual brings people together in circle to co-create sacred space for ourselves. During the ceremony, a large bowl of salt is passed around the circle. Each person contributes a special ingredient to the bowl, folding it in as you infuse the salt with prayers, desires, intentions & gratitude. When the circle is complete, the result is a beautifully smelling & healing mixture. The sacred space we create together magnifies the power of our intentions. This powerful co-creation will be shared among each of us. You can use the salts to bathe with so that you may be nourished by the collective intentions & prayers of those you circled with. Our time together will begin with a grounding meditation. We will end with a special tea & treat. Please bring an offering for the bowl such as herbs, flower petals, essential oils, grated citrus peel, honey, sugar, spices, crystals, money…whatever you feel called to bring & a mason jar or similar to bring your salts home with you.

Please RSVP, so we can properly prepare.

Are you thinking about a doula for your late fall baby? The research shows a doula at your birth reduces risk of interve...
10/08/2019

Are you thinking about a doula for your late fall baby? The research shows a doula at your birth reduces risk of intervention for both birthing person and baby and increases feelings of attachment to baby earlier on. Plus, having the support of someone specifically there to support YOU is something magical.
✨Let’s doula this!✨. PC:

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09/09/2019

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“I picked up the phone outside of the locked labor and delivery doors. My voice used to shake and crack when I would say, ‘Hi, I’m the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep photographer.’ The nerves and anxiousness used to take over before even making it through those doors. Almost a year and a […]

Happy Fall!
09/09/2019

Happy Fall!

I'm so excited to announce that I'll soon start with a doula program that serves families who receive services through t...
08/28/2019

I'm so excited to announce that I'll soon start with a doula program that serves families who receive services through the Children's Hospital Immunodeficiency Program (CHIP). The goal of the program is to provide support to birthing families diagnosed with HIV. And.... you can read about what I've been up to lately here, in a feature in Voyage Magazine!

I had the privilege of witnessing a powerful, beautiful birth last night— and received this as a thank you gift! I will ...
06/09/2019

I had the privilege of witnessing a powerful, beautiful birth last night— and received this as a thank you gift! I will cherish this.

The New York Times does an excellent job here discussing methods in which hospitals are working to decrease c-section ra...
06/06/2019

The New York Times does an excellent job here discussing methods in which hospitals are working to decrease c-section rates.

There might be fewer unneeded cesarean sections if doctors learned to keep mothers informed at every stage of labor.

05/21/2019

Wow! How lucky we are as a community to have spaces like this.

Cute :-)
05/08/2019

Cute :-)

Some mom/doula humor on this drowzy and rainy Tuesday ♥️

For mamas with babies, early detection of delays is key! Here's an easy screening for babies:
04/30/2019

For mamas with babies, early detection of delays is key! Here's an easy screening for babies:

All families screened with the Smart ESAC will have access to their child’s results and much more on our Parent Portal.

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04/07/2019

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"•MOULDING• There is so much wisdom in birth. Did you know that babies skulls have soft bony plates that can overlap and compress during the birthing process? The perfect design of baby's head allows their heads to take the shape of the pelvis in order to be birthed vaginally.
After delivery, babies can be left with a head that is elongated or more in the shape of a cone. It is normal, and can be just a part of the birthing process. It is common with a long stage of pushing and it is usually no longer noticeable after 24 hours or so.
Sometimes bruising and swelling of the skull occurs, and that is not uncommon either. Babies are so amazing because this design allows for this and it doesn't hurt and it is normal.
These two spots where the skull has gaps are called fontanelles, and they allow your babe to grow that brain really quickly throughout the first year. Babies brain grow in huge leaps during this time."

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Happy to meet you, I’m the Zippity Doula!

Zippity Doula seeks to empower all families with evidence-based birth support in all stages of new beginnings. Birth is an awe-inspiring experience- let me enhance your unique experience with compassionate physical and emotional support.

What is a Doula? A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who can provide emotional, physical and educational support to a person expecting labor, is in labor, or who has recently given birth. A doula’s purpose is to help women have the most information possible to make choices for their most empowering birth experience. Advocacy is a key pillar in a doula’s work.

Evidence-Based Birth published results of a study (Bohren, et.al (2017)) stated that people with a support person providing continuous support were less likely to:

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