Support for the family during the postpartum period Available seven nights a week, Meghan is CPR/First Aid certified, trustline registered and carries personal liability insurance.
Meghan helps to nurture and guide women through the postpartum period. Meghan assists in breast-feeding education, newborn care, infant bonding, creating a schedule, teaching baby to sleep through the night and getting mom the most sleep possible while caring for their newborn child. Most importantly, Meghan offers physical and emotional support as she works with a family to build their confidence and knowledge as new parents.
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So excited to announce that my birth doula business partner, Onyx Gunderson and I are now practicing with Golden Gate Doula Associates (founded by Jennifer Darwin) out of their incredibly beautiful location in Lower Haight. This is so much more than I ever could have dreamed of!! Our clients will have access to free monthly workshops, monthly moms brunches and dad’s tribe nights. In addition to the freebies, clients can also sign up for prenatal massage in the massage room, pre/postpartum yoga in the beautiful in-house studio, maternity photos offered on site weekly (birth and newborn also available), individual or couples therapy (offered weekly), placenta encapsulation (done in house in the apothecary room), the list goes on! Please check out our webpage or stop by!
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As many of you may know, I’ve recently started taking birth clients. A few months back I had the incredible honor and privilege of supporting Jess and Alex at their birth. It was the first birth client I took and while I walk away from all my clients touched and changed by the experience, this birth was a life changing event. Jess was kind enough to write a review of my services; I’m so moved by her words and excited to share with you what she wrote!
“After conducting an exhaustive search, I was fortunate to find and secure Meghan Murphy as my doula. I entered my first pregnancy very naïve and, as a result, my experience was frustrating and heartbreaking. For my second pregnancy, I wanted a knowledgeable and trusted professional in my corner who could provide the support I needed and work with me to build a realistic plan. I wanted someone who could coach me and my husband on everything baby and labor & delivery related, someone who would serve as my advocate, keep my husband cool, and honor my preferences without judgment. I also wanted someone I felt comfortable with since childbirth is a very personal and intimate experience. Meghan checked every box. I knew we were a match from our first FaceTime meet and greet. Our conversation was easy and it was obvious that Meghan was genuine, direct and highly knowledgeable. She visited me, at home, several times prior to my due date prepared with an agenda of topics for discussion. With each home visit, my confidence grew and a feeling of excitement was building, overruling the overwhelming anxiety I was carrying from the start. We knew were in good hands, without a doubt.
Meghan was always available to me and provided timely responses to my questions and concerns which I delivered to her at all hours of the day and night. Her concern for my mental and physical well-being was honest and obvious. She would often check in after my scheduled prenatal appointments or when I would go silent for a while (no calls/texts). Meghan always set my mind at ease and made me her priority. I appreciated her proactive approach to my care, working to ensure that she could support me fully and prepare me mentally and physically for labor and delivery. For example, without any prompt from me, Meghan participated in the hospital-hosted tour at UCSF to familiarize herself with the facilities because it was new to her.
At the hospital, during my labor, Meghan moved to meet my needs without any need for direction. She massaged my feet, brought me ice chips, made me warm broth and offered reassurance and comfort when I feared what was ahead and when doubted my ability and strength. Meghan gave me the encouragement I needed to, literally, push through. She was also able to recall, without pause, my preferences as dictated in the birth plan we created together. When doctors asked about induction and drugs, Meghan could recall what we had decided when I was too distracted to remember the details. Meghan also worked professionally and respectfully in concert with the UCSF doctors and nurses – never interfering with their responsibilities or speaking to them directly on my behalf without my knowledge or consent. This was important to me because I feel strongly that everyone in the room needs to be collaborating and communicating harmoniously. They had to like her, and they did. Meghan’s approach and input was always appropriate and welcomed.
I highly recommend Meghan’s services to any family or mother in need of a knowledgeable, professional and caring support person. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to discuss my experience!” -Jess Herzog
I am so excited to announce that I have recently finished my training as a birth doula! I will finish my certification this Friday and have my first birth scheduled already for end of September!
Calling all mamas and mamas-to-be:
Are you feeling like something just "isn't right" down there? Or feel like those muscles are not as tight as they used to be? Have you wondered if there's something more than just kegels? Have you been left with postpartum pouch and curious of it could be diastasis recti? Come learn about all this and more from Women's Health Physical Therapist, Dr. Jen Kinder.
Dr. Kinder will explore the ways to reconnect with your deep core during and after pregnancy, leaving you feeling more comfortable physically while decreasing risk of injury. She will also address common posture problems, pelvic prolapse and why incontinence is never normal. If you are ready to feel better and take charge not just of your pelvic floor health, but your health in general, sign up for this two hour workshop!
This Saturday from 12pm-2pm.
I just finished a long contract with this incredible mama and her wonderful family. Here is the review she has written for me:
"You know, I never thought I'd be the type of person that would hire a postpartum doula or night nanny. (For the most part, I think it just never occurred to me!) I admittedly didn't even know such a thing existed until some friends had a baby and could not stop raving about how hiring a night nanny was the best money they'd ever spent. I thought, "OK, cool," at the time. But after weeks of hearing them go on about what a game changer it was, my husband and I decided it might be worth the investment when our little one arrived as well.
I cannot express how incredibly lucky I feel that we found Meghan. To be clear, there is a difference between a night nanny and a postpartum doula, and Meghan really delivers a higher level of service and support. She is the whole package! Let's see ...
* She's a certified "baby whisperer." She could calm and put my baby to sleep faster than pretty much anyone. She brings a lot of experience to the table and our little girl clearly loved Meghan, which gave me wonderful peace of mind. She's also just a wealth of information and answered seemingly endless questions from us new parents -- about sleep, nursing, baby p**p, you name it! -- with kindness and wisdom.
* She was a GREAT support to me and my husband ... through ... everything. I had some bumps in the road with breastfeeding. (That might be an understatement. I had EVERY bump imaginable. Including mastitis that turned into an abscess that required minor surgery.) And Meghan was just super supportive -- checking in to see how I was doing, offering counsel and kind words, tapping into her extensive network of experts to get advice on various issues, making sure I stayed hydrated and nourished through the night, etc. I don't know how we would have made it through without her -- not just her help with the baby and the household, but her guidance and encouragement!
* Meghan went above and beyond to make our lives easier. She did our laundry, helped with dishes, put together our baby's walker, organized my freezer stash of breastmilk -- all tremendously helpful things that eased the burden and maintained my sanity. :)
There's a reason we extended her contract so many times I lost count (and hope to work with her again for future kiddos). She's awesome!"
Beautiful flowers and a very sweet thank you card from the incredible family I have spent the last five months working with. The end of a contract is always a little bittersweet but alas, a new baby is born and it is time to start the next chapter. They say, "do what you love and you will never work a day in your life". That couldn't be more true.
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This stage of life. It’s hard, you guys.
I’m talking right now to you moms who are in your 30’s. You have kids. Likely two, three, maybe four of them. They probably range in age from newborns to 7 or 8 year-olds. (Give or take a few, on all of the above mentioned stats).
In this stage of life, you are dealing with exhaustion. Mental, physical, and emotional.
In this stage of life, you are dealing with teething. With ear infections. With stomach viruses. You are juggling nap schedules, and feeding schedules and soccer schedules. A million balls you are juggling, and you probably feel like you are dropping most of them.
In this stage of life, you are dealing with guilt. Guilt over having a career, and not spending enough time with your kids, or guilt over staying home with your kids, and not doing enough to contribute financially. Guilt over being too harsh with your kids. Too lenient. Guilt that your house is clean, but your kids were ignored, or guilt that you enjoyed your children all day, and now your husband is coming home to filth. Guilt.
In this stage of life, you are bombarded daily with a whole host of decisions. Some of them life-changing, some of them not. None of them with clear cut answers. Do I vaccinate my kids? Do I not? Do I send them to public school? Homeschool? Charter school? Do I continue to breastfeed? Do I blow the budget so that I can buy all organic? Do I force my child to apologize, even though the apology will be insincere? You don’t know the answers to ANYTHING, but you feel constant pressure to figure out EVERYTHING.
This stage of life is less and less about watching your friends get married and have babies, and more and more about standing by and witnessing your friends struggle in their marriage, and even get divorced. It’s a stage where you’ve got to put in the time and the effort and the work and the energy to make sure your OWN marriage stays healthy. And that’s good, but it’s hard, too. At this point, you or someone you know has experienced infertility. Miscarriages. Loss of a child.
It’s a stage where you are buying houses, selling houses, remodeling houses, packing up houses. And then you do it all again a few years later.
It’s a stage where your hormones are all of of whack. I mean, you’ve basically been pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding for the last ten years, right?
It’s a stage where you are struggling with identity. Is my entire identity “mommy”? Is there anything even left of me that isn’t about mothering? Is there something more glamorous I could have/should have done with my life? I LOOK like a mom now, don’t I? I totally do.
It’s a stage where you are on a constant quest for balance, and can never find it.
It’s a stage of life where you are overloaded. Constantly. You are overloaded with questions. Your children never stop asking them. You are overloaded with touch. Someone is constantly wanting to be held, holding on to you, hanging on you, touching you. You are overloaded with to-do’s. There is so much to do. It never ends. You are overloaded with worry. You are overloaded with THINGS. Your kids have way too many toys. You are overloaded with activities. You are overloaded with THOUGHTS (thoughts about how to not be so overloaded, perhaps?).
So….what do you need to do to survive it all?
You need to ask for help.
You need to accept help when it’s given.
You need to not neglect your marriage. You need to put your kids down for bed early. Sit outside on the back porch with your husband, drink a glass of wine, and have a conversation.
You need girlfriends.
You need your mom.
You need older friends, who have been there and done that. Who can reassure you that you AREN’T screwing it all up as badly as you think you are.
You need to not feel bad about using your kids nap time every now and again to just do whatever the heck you want.
You need to lower your expectations….then probably lower them again.
You need to simplify. Simplify every single part of your life, as much as it can be simplified.
You need to learn how to say “no”.
You need to practice contentment
You need to be ok leaving your kids overnight, and going away somewhere. Anywhere.
You need to do something you enjoy, every day, even if it’s for no more than 15 minutes.
You need to pray. Girl, you need to pray.
You need a coffee you love, a wine you love, and a bubble bath that you love.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, you need to remember that…..
….this stage of life is beautiful, too. Like, really really beautiful. This is the stage of life where every single older person you ever meet tells you, “you’re going to miss this”. And you already know it’s true. It’s the stage where your kids love you more than they are EVER going to love you again, for the whole rest of your life. It’s the stage where they can fit their entire selves into your lap to snuggle…and they want to. It’s the stage where their biggest problems ARE ear infections and teething and stomach viruses, and you’re not having to deal yet with things like broken hearts or addiction or bullying. It’s the stage where you are learning to love your spouse in an entirely different….harder…..better…. way. The stage where you are learning together, being stretched together, shedding your selfishness together, and TRULY being made into “one”. It’s the stage where you get to see Christmas, Halloween and the Fourth of July through your kids eyes, and it’s so much more fun and magical than it would be just through your own eyes. It’s the stage where you get to watch your parents be grandparents…and they’re really good at it. It’s the stage of life filled with field trips, class parties, costumes, swim lessons, bubble baths, dance parties, loose teeth, and first steps. And those things are so fun. It’s the stage where you are young enough to have fun, and old enough to have obtained at least SOME wisdom. It’s SUCH a great stage.
But, man it’s hard.
Written by Hayley Hengst
I love this ❤️. To all my tired mamas with babies that still won't sleep through the night, that want to use you as a human pacifier and worry that life might not ever be the same again...
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Just finished a contract with this fabulous family. Here is what the mama had to say:
"Brace yourselves, this is going to be long, because there are SO MANY reasons I recommend Meghan as the best night doula I could imagine.
I'll start by saying that for our first kid, we did not hire a night doula; didn't even consider it, due to the cost and feeling like we are capable people and we can manage ourselves. Well, it is true we are capable and it is true that we managed. But doing so on our own took a real toll on our health, happiness, and sanity in the early months with our first. So when it came time for #2, especially now that we had an older child around who needed our energy and would sense if things were overwrought at home, we decided to try a night doula.
Hiring a night doula, and hiring Meghan in particular, was our absolute best decision this time around.
Her presence in our home for many overnights during our first six weeks made such a difference. I healed so much faster from my csection. We adapted to feeding so much faster. And since both of us parents got adequate rest during this intense period, we were so much more pleasant with each other and had the energy to make things fun for my older kid most days, which really helped our whole family adjust to our new normal.
So what was so fantastic about Meghan? Let me count the ways.
1. She provided our newborn with excellent care. I'm REALLY picky with who I let in my home when I'm not around (or not awake), and I'm EVEN MORE picky about who watches my kids. I totally trust Meghan on both counts. I got a great gut feeling when we interviewed her, and that was multiplied when I got very positive references from some other moms she had worked for. Meghan was great at reading my baby's cues and meeting her needs. I could drift off to sleep knowing that any crying would be short-lived, as there was nothing Meghan couldn't figure out at least as fast as I could (and usually faster -- I am an experienced mom but I still learned a lot from her about how to put this particular baby to sleep, because in the middle of the night when it was the most difficult, Meghan had the energy and experience to experiment with different ways, and then the next night she would fill my husband and I in on what did and didn't work).
2. She is willing to do such a variety of things while the baby is sleeping -- it was never about her using that time for a break, it was always about "Tell me all of the ways I can help you tonight." I did not expect this from a night doula and certainly didn't think to ask about it in interviews, but one of her references mentioned this part of her work ethic to me and I really found it to be true and such a standout thing about her. Examples of things she did for us outside of caring for the baby and me:
- Packed my older child's lunch and snack for the following day
- Cut up endless watermelons
- Encouraged us to leave our dining room and kitchen messy from our own dinner; she always cleaned them to the point of spotlessness by morning. NOT JUST BABY DISHES. This was amazing, as on nights she was coming we could usually get ourselves an hour to relax before her arrival rather than hustling with our usual post-bedtime chores
- She put together our baby swing
- She set up our baby monitor
- She folded the entire family's laundry, every night
- She prepped our house for a cleaners' visit (picking toys up off the floor and putting them somewhere else, moving them back the next night, etc)
- She researched car seats, and also places I could take both kids by myself
3. She has a lot of experience and helpful suggestions but is not pushy at all with them. As a second-time parent, I wanted ideas but also wanted to feel comfortable saying no if I didn't feel it was right for us. We gladly tried most of her suggestions but turned down one or two and I was totally comfortable doing so.
4. Meghan was such a valuable support to me during feedings. My feeding routine at the beginning was pretty long due to engorgement and latching issues. Having her to get the baby up and changed, and to burp the baby and put her back down, not to mention to bring me warm compresses, ice packs, drinks and snacks as needed -- it easily cut my awake time in half and made me better nourished at night than I was during the day in the early weeks. It also meant that my husband didn't have to help me and he could get a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep on these nights, which was great because it meant he could take on more than 50% the next day if he was on leave, or when he got home after work, which helped me recover so quickly this time.
5. Meghan is a great listener and an easy conversationalist. She was very pleasant to have around, and during the inevitable emotional roller coaster of the postpartum weeks, she was a sympathetic and nonjudgmental ear and often made me laugh after I had been crying.
6. Finally, Meghan was a real partner in getting our baby on an eating/sleeping routine very quickly and then helping us adjust it as the weeks went on and the feedings became more spaced out. She did all the trial and error necessary to figure out what would work for the baby's patterns, our desire for sleep, and our morning schedule for work/older kid activities.
Obviously, I can't say enough good things about Meghan. But if you have any questions, I'm happy to chat. Meghan can give you my cell number for a glowing reference."
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