Barefoot Doula

I am a birth doula and student midwife, here to empower and support individuals in their journey through pregnancy, labor and delivery of their babies.

I chose the name Barefoot Doula, not because I love being without shoes but because my feeling of being comfortable, natural and myself while being barefoot is the feeling I hope to bestow on my clients. I believe the female body is more than capable to give birth naturally if given the support, trust and chance. I offer prenatal, labor, delivery and postpartum support to families looking for someone to provide them with knowledgeable, experienced, loving and most of all nonjudgmental care. Please visit my doulamatch.net profile(http://doulamatch.net/profile/13447/andi-webb) for more information on my services, or feel free to message me. Peace and love

I had the pleasure of supporting this amazing family in their home birth this week. I think the photo with me holding the newly 4th time mama may be my favorite one on the job yet. All births are special, but there is something extra special about a home birth.
Beautiful pictures by the talented Dana Jacobs.

Each and every birth I witness is unique and beautiful in its own way. This incredible homebirth from the night before last was no exception. There was so much love, laughter, support, and strength throughout the labor and birth of Callan. Thank you so much, Brittany and Smitty, for inviting me into your birth space and allowing me to document this incredible, monumental moment in your family's story.

🤣 The laboring person always has final say on who sees them give birth. Always.

The Natural Parent Magazine

COSLEEPING - Did you know:
1. In the world today, in Asia, Africa, Central & South America, & many European countries, cosleeping is the absolute norm (i.e. well over 80% of the world’s population cosleep).
2. It is only in the last 200 years that privileged Westerners started the practice of sleeping separately to their babies and children, as wealth enabled bigger homes with extra bedrooms.
3. The expectation that babies should sleep through the night has only existed in Western culture for the past 100 years.
4. Cosleeping makes it easier to tend to babies’ nighttime needs, supports breastfeeding, and mothers often get more overall sleep.
It makes me deeply sad and disturbed to see how pervasive the judgement, criticism and fear around cosleeping has become. This is not a new age hippy thing! It is the most biologically normal and healthy way to parent and has been the absolute norm for most of human history.
My son is 2 1/2 years old and has slept next to me every night of his life. Besides for the many physical, emotional & psychological benefits, cosleeping has also been one of the most special and connecting experiences of motherhood.
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✨ It is 2am and I wake up as Ash tosses and turns in his sleep... maybe he’s having a bad dream. I gently place my hand on his chest and immediately his breathing softens and slows down. He snuggles into the nook of my arm, the world around us is quiet and still, my heart is full ✨

This, and a hundred other reasons is why we cosleep.

For loads of science based research on the benefits of cosleeping and the impact of separate sleep, CIO and sleep training follow Raised Good & The Beyond Sleep Training Project .
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#Cosleeping
#Biologicallynormalinfantsleep #wearemammals #breastfeeding #bedsharing #bedsharingisnormal #gentleparenting #attachmentparenting #connection #Naturalparenting #worldbreastfeedingweek

#repost https://www.instagram.com/jannakretzmar/

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Eta: Many indigenous societies including Polynesian, Māori, Aboriginal and First Nations (North America/Canada) cosleep (or did cosleep prior to colonisation) in some form or another.

Eta: Photo taken by a supervising responsible adult.

Eta: Other great resources are:
https://www.basisonline.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/LullabyTrust/

For support in your gentle parenting journey pick up your copy of The Natural Parent magazine from supermarkets throughout NZ and newsagents throughout Australia!
To find your closest retailer:
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“Kissing your baby changes your breast milk. Did you know that the undeniable urge to cover your baby in kisses serves a biological purpose? When a mother kisses her baby, she samples the pathogens on baby’s face, which then travel to mom’s lymphatic system. Mom’s body then creates antibodies to fight those pathogens, which baby receives through breast milk. What?! Amazing, right?”

http://www.mothering.com/articles/10-things-might-not-know-breastfeeding/ 📸: Dusktildawnphotography

#doula #breastmilk #newbaby #postpartum

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🤱🏻Laura

All births are beautiful.❤

Birth is beautiful. 💜

#birthstory #teambabyTobin #IVFbaby #lovewins #birthphotography #stlphotography

Halloween, at your cervix!🎃

I'm a little sad Halloween is already over, so I will be sharing themed posts until I don't see them floating around anymore.

More Halloween fun! Dilation chart - pumpkin style!

🤣 I wonder how this person will feel about their birth story when they're older.

Y’all! This doctor was at a Halloween party and one of his patients went into labor. This is fantastic 😂😂😂

📷: Justin Selph

There is usually very little need to check your cervix. The best thing to help dilate more quickly is to try and relax and enjoy your labor.

Nurturing Expressions

“She asked me why I have a “squishy jelly belly”? I told her because its amazing, and magical and it had to make extra room to make her and her sister fit in there.
She told me that’s “amazing” and “I love your jelly tummy, one day I might have one too when I’m a grown up!”
Speak to your body and about your body the way you want your children to speak about theirs. Make them proud and accepting of the postpartum body and maybe one day there will be less pressure to “bounce back” and more love for what we become as mothers.”

Words by + photo of @bybrittanynoonan ❤️ Photo taken by @thesimple.image ✨

B E A Utiful home birth.

Nightfall had come.. after Tahja rested we walked the neighborhood. She remained silent and focused as labor had really picked up. Tahja remained in her zone, feeling safe and supported throughout... get your tissues out, as you witness God's work in action..the birth of baby Xionna was simply beautiful, in every way. THANK YOU TAHJA AND DENZEL for allowing me to share your intimate birth story with the world, as we strive to educate about midwifery care, home birth as a safe for low risk women, improve outcomes for black women, and empower all women to take charge of their bodies and birthing experiences. Love you all, to the moon and back! @penarosestudios
Want to help change the narrative surrounding home birth? Feel free to share with your friends.

Isn't this a beautiful photograph? This was taken by a local birth photographer who does such a great job with families.

Since lots of people seemed to love the milk bath photo I shared yesterday, I thought I'd post another one today. This time, a pulled back view of that beautiful mama and baby in the tub with all those gorgeous peachy flowers.
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#milkbath #stlphotography #stlouismissouri #breastfeedingmatters #breastfeedingmilkbath #flowers #milk #nursing #milkbathphotography #stlouismilkbath #flowersfromtraderjoes #mamaandbaby #stlouisphotography

Look at that mini midwife. So cool.


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Love,
Flor Cruz

PhotoCred: Love is: Photography LLC
FoundOn: The Positive Pregnancy Journey Organization

You can never go wrong with bringing food. Every nursing parent needs hella snacks.

More often than not, this is what a laboring person looks like. Every now and then though, you'll see those tricky ones who are cool as a cucumber until right before pushing.

What does labor look like?? Most families will have no way of telling how dilated mama is during labor without a medical provider, so how can you tell from her temperament how “in labor” she could be!

Early labor moms tend to be wondering if they’re in labor, maybe they realize they’re having contractions and are generally excited! She is typically able to have a full blown conversation even through contractions, maybe pausing a little bit during one.

Early active labor is a transitional phase where most laboring families head to the hospital too soon.

During contractions, mom is not feeling it. They’re beginning to get harder and she needs more support during them. BUT in between contractions, she can return to conversations and resume activity. She may be a bit more “breathy” in between.

Active labor is the real deal. She needs support during contractions AND in between them. This is when you know she’s probably in labor. She tends to be quiet between contractions, resting, and generally focused on waiting for the next one.

Interested in learning more in depth with our childbirth education course? Upcoming classes on September 22 and October 20 only have two spaces left! November 17 and December 8 are on the calendar now! Register for our courses here: https://www.mamastefit.com/childbirth-education

#labor #laborsupport #birth #birthpartner #activelabor #birthdoula #doula #empoweredbirth

@ MamasteFit & The Doulas of Mamaste

#hugamama

*** Update: I've learned that Jabina Coleman IBCLC was the person who coined the quote pictured here. Unfortunately, Facebook isn't letting me tag them, but I wanted to give them credit. ***

The day I had my cesarean, a family member visited me in the hospital. As she entered my room, she walked right past me and directly to my baby. I felt invisible. I needed love in that moment. I was at the beginning of what would be a long struggle post-partum and I needed to be seen.

#Repost @annamagnussen_ with @get_repost
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It takes a village to raise a child, but also to raise a mother. Motherhood is sometimes scary, overwhelming, lonely, tiring, exhausting and oh so hard. We need a village. People who can give us support, make us laugh, love us, telling us they've been there, giving us a smile - someone who holds us, the mothers. Be in that village, just like you need other moms, you need to be there for other moms too. ❤️
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#mammalivet #livetsommamma #momlife #mumlife #momlifebelike #maternityleave #postpartum #thebump #letterboardfun #motherhoodunited #letterboard #letterboardquotes #motherhoodthroughletterboards #therealparenthood #mamalife #motherhoodsimplified #notonlymama #motherhoodalive #motherhoodrising #bf2019 #vimedbarn #loppivimedbarn #loppigravidbaby #momquotes #momlifebelike #mommemes #mommytobe2019

In my 1st labor, I pushed in every position known to woman. In my 2nd, my baby came out while I was in this position after 2 pushes.

What position was your favorite to push in?

The kneeling squat is a position that creates significantly more space in the pelvic opening, compared to being on your back. This makes the pushing stage easier for many women. Furthermore, woman can do this in all birth settings, even hospital beds.

What a beautiful shot.❤🤱🏾

A beautiful photo of a mom breastfeeding her littles! What a perfect way to wrap up day 5 of Black Breastfeeding Week💜🤱🏾

📸: @kia_monet
#blackmomsblog #JamaaBirthVillage #JamaaMeansFamily #BlackBreastfeedingWeek

🙋🏻‍♀️Fellow co-sleeping mama over here. Did you know that it's good for newborns to sleep next to their parents, as it helps regulate their breathing, temperature and heart rate?

Who here has assembled a crib and decorated a nursery, only to cuddle their babes to sleep in their own bed?

COSLEEPING - Did you know:
1. In the world today, in Asia, Africa, Central & South America, & many European countries, cosleeping is the absolute norm (i.e. well over 80% of the world’s population cosleep).
2. It is only in the last 200 years that privileged Westerners started the practice of sleeping separately to their babies and children, as wealth enabled bigger homes with extra bedrooms.
3. The expectation that babies should sleep through the night has only existed in Western culture for the past 100 years.
4. Cosleeping makes it easier to tend to babies’ nighttime needs, supports breastfeeding, and mothers often get more overall sleep.
It makes me deeply sad and disturbed to see how pervasive the judgement, criticism and fear around cosleeping has become. This is not a new age hippy thing! It is the most biologically normal and healthy way to parent and has been the absolute norm for most of human history.
My son is 2 1/2 years old and has slept next to me every night of his life. Besides for the many physical, emotional & psychological benefits, cosleeping has also been one of the most special and connecting experiences of motherhood.
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✨ It is 2am and I wake up as Ash tosses and turns in his sleep... maybe he’s having a bad dream. I gently place my hand on his chest and immediately his breathing softens and slows down. He snuggles into the nook of my arm, the world around us is quiet and still, my heart is full ✨

This, and a hundred other reasons is why we cosleep.

For loads of science based research on the benefits of cosleeping and the impact of separate sleep, CIO and sleep training follow Raised Good & The Beyond Sleep Training Project .
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#Cosleeping
#Biologicallynormalinfantsleep #wearemammals #breastfeeding #bedsharing #bedsharingisnormal #gentleparenting #attachmentparenting #connection #Naturalparenting #worldbreastfeedingweek

#repost https://www.instagram.com/jannakretzmar/

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Eta: Many indigenous societies including Polynesian, Māori, Aboriginal and First Nations (North America/Canada) cosleep (or did cosleep prior to colonisation) in some form or another.

Eta: Photo taken by a supervising responsible adult.

Eta: Other great resources are:
https://www.basisonline.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/LullabyTrust/

For support in your gentle parenting journey pick up your copy of The Natural Parent magazine from supermarkets throughout NZ and newsagents throughout Australia!
To find your closest retailer:
🌿New Zealand http://bit.ly/2TNHdcK
🦘Australia http://bit.ly/2ZiwmZm
🌎And anywhere else in the world http://bit.ly/2ZlUbn8

Leave those cords be.

DELAYED CORD CLAMPING - WAIT FOR WHITE
After baby is born we usually think of the umbilical cord as a relic – part a life support system that is no longer needed. But the reality is that the cord has one last job to do, and it’s a big one.

The cord and placenta are a sort of external circulation system: one vein carries oxygen and nutrient-rich blood from the placenta to the baby, and two arteries carry carbon dioxide rich blood and waste away from baby to the placenta for purification. When baby is born, about 1/3 of its blood is in the external part of the circulation system, but quickly makes it’s way to the baby via the umbilical cord. Unless of course, the cord is cut before the transfer is complete.

Delayed umbilical cord clamping (DCC) allows more blood to transfer from the placenta to the baby, increasing the baby’s blood volume by up to a third.

The iron in the blood increases the newborn’s iron storage, which is vital for healthy brain development.

Some new studies have found that DCC can have a positive effect on both preterm and full-term babies. These benefits include an increase in placental transfusion, a 60% increase of RBCs and a 30% increase in neonatal blood volume.

Another advantage of DCC is the decreased risk of iron deficiency anemia.
The extra blood at birth helps the baby to cope better with the transition from life in the womb, where everything is provided for them by the placenta and the mother, to the outside world. Their lungs get more blood so that the exchange of oxygen into the blood can take place smoothly.

Delayed clamping also results in an infusion of stem cells, which play an essential role in the development of the immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems, among many other functions. The concentration of stem cells in fetal blood is higher than at any other time of life. ICC [immediate cord clamping] leaves nearly one-third of these critical cells in the placenta.

Stem cells may also help to repair any brain damage the baby might have suffered during a difficult birth. 📸 @monetnicolebirths
@Bumpbirthandbeyond

Barefoot Doula

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Today Is National Rainbow Baby Day In The USA

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babygaga.com Rainbow babies are babies born immediately following a miscarriage. My son, Shep, is my rainbow baby! He was born 348 days after my miscarriage.

My babies were always all the time nursers, they didn't care what time of day/night it was. What about your babies?

It is NORMAL for your baby to wake during the night to nurse. It is only a societal expectation that your baby “should be sleeping through the night.” 😒
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Not only is night feeding normal but it is also important to development and breastfeeding, here’s why:
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👉🏽 Moms make the most milk at night, so removing milk during this time is critical to milk supply. If milk stays stagnant in the breast it starts to trigger your milk production to slow down.
👉🏽Nighttime feed can deliver a lot of calories especially in older babies who are distracted eaters during the day.
👉🏽Beyond meeting the caloric needs of your baby feeding at night is meeting the emotional needs of your baby too. Remember breastmilk isn’t just nourishment it is also nurturing.
👉🏽Breastfeeding helps mothers and babies get to sleep faster, thank you oxytocin and cholecystokinin (CCK).😴
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Co-sleeping, bed sharing, and the side lying breastfeeding position can all be very helpful to managing breastfeeding in the wee hours. Follow your instincts and do what works for you and your family.
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How many times does your little one wake during the night?

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