Jillian Bretz: Birth & Beyond Doula Services

Jillian Bretz: Birth & Beyond Doula Services It is my intention for you to feel prepared, safe and supported during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Follow me on Instagram:
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Serving growing families in New Hanover County, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow Counties. Serving growing families in New Hanover County, Brunswick and Pender Counties.

To the dads: Happy Father's Day!
06/16/2024

To the dads: Happy Father's Day!


Those firsts though 😍
06/15/2024

Those firsts though 😍

  with Dad
06/06/2024

with Dad

There is always a moment of awe that I have in the birth space. This was one of them. This badass right here had labored...
06/03/2024

There is always a moment of awe that I have in the birth space. This was one of them. This badass right here had labored and labored and she was so very tired. We discovered that there was just a little more work to do, and she hopped right on up and DID IT. And look at that partner in it with her too! 😍

Did you know that the birthing parent is usually the most accurate estimator of weight? Drop your baby's weight below an...
06/02/2024

Did you know that the birthing parent is usually the most accurate estimator of weight?

Drop your baby's weight below and tell me if you were right on your guess

This is where we are getting ready to say goodbye. You’ve done all the things we needed to do together, you have all the...
06/01/2024

This is where we are getting ready to say goodbye. You’ve done all the things we needed to do together, you have all the knowledge you need for this next adventure together, just the three of you. I’ll see you soon 😍😍😍

I often tell my clients that there are things that happen in pregnancy that teach us the art of letting go. The art of l...
05/13/2024

I often tell my clients that there are things that happen in pregnancy that teach us the art of letting go. The art of letting go is so important in parenting our growing humans.

Life isn’t about control and these folks sure do like to remind me of that 💗

Happy day to all the moms out there - those who hold their babies in the hearts and those who hold their babes in their arms.

04/09/2024

Join us for the first ICAN of Wilmington meeting at 12 PM on Saturday!!

What does a doula DO? 💗💗💗I can’t speak for all of us, but here’s a glimpse into some of the things I’ve been known to do...
04/03/2024

What does a doula DO? 💗💗💗

I can’t speak for all of us, but here’s a glimpse into some of the things I’ve been known to do at a birth - whatever is needed, basically. ;)

I’ll braid your hair (but it may not be fancy), I’ll teach you a new card game and then beat you multiple times, I’ll share my TENS, I’ll hold you, and I will feed you while you feed your baby.

Not pictured: that first trip to the bathroom? I’ll be there for that too💗

(Photos shared with consent)

Shared from ICAN of Wilmington:With our first ICAN Meeting coming up and Cesarean Awareness Month in April, we would lik...
03/27/2024

Shared from ICAN of Wilmington:
With our first ICAN Meeting coming up and Cesarean Awareness Month in April, we would like to get a pulse from the moms in our community on their birth experiences. If you've given birth (cesarean, vaginal or vbac) please take a look at this totally anonymous survey, to help provide data around birth in our region! Please skip any questions that don't pertain to your birth(s)

Hi! Thank you for taking these survey about your birth experiences. All answers are anonymous and truly support ICAN's mission!

Whether you choose to birth at home, the hospital, or an AirBNB…may you feel loved, held, informed, and listened to. Thi...
03/21/2024

Whether you choose to birth at home, the hospital, or an AirBNB…may you feel loved, held, informed, and listened to.

This is homebirth.

Labor snuck in overnight and she continued to work hard into the next morning. The afternoon brought a shift in plans an...
03/14/2024

Labor snuck in overnight and she continued to work hard into the next morning. The afternoon brought a shift in plans and off to the hospital for some additional resources we went.

Throughout it all, she never wavered in her strength & determination. A labor of love 💕

Movement in Labor ✨Switching positions regularly can help with comfort & help move labor along. The labor sway - or rock...
03/12/2024

Movement in Labor ✨
Switching positions regularly can help with comfort & help move labor along.
The labor sway - or rocking your hips while you slow dance with your partner can boost oxytocin and connection and feel supportive to you while gravity does the work of bringing baby down.
Continuing to rock, circle, sway your hips in other positions is helpful to - wiggle that baby down and out! Prioritize rest whenever and where ever you can.

Sweet, squishy cheeks and those deep wrinkles on that tiny hand, tiny little ear, and all the little first moments 😍😍😍  ...
03/11/2024

Sweet, squishy cheeks and those deep wrinkles on that tiny hand, tiny little ear, and all the little first moments 😍😍😍

Squeezing Combs in Labor ✨Creating discomfort in another area of the body to distract the mind and encourage the release...
03/10/2024

Squeezing Combs in Labor ✨

Creating discomfort in another area of the body to distract the mind and encourage the release of endorphins to move you through the sensations your body is producing.

03/10/2024

Wanted to share a new resource coming to our community, thanks to Alexandra Boyer.

Wilmington is getting its very own ICAN Chapter!

ICAN, International Cesarean Awareness Network, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve birthing folks - child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

You can like& follow ICAN of Wilmington here to stay up to date on upcoming in-person meetings.

So much love in this space 💓💓💓Always an honor to witness the power of birth.
02/06/2024

So much love in this space 💓💓💓
Always an honor to witness the power of birth.

Birth Circle is this weekend!! Open to pregnant folks and those who have given birth, or those planning to give birth at...
01/30/2024

Birth Circle is this weekend!! Open to pregnant folks and those who have given birth, or those planning to give birth at some point.

Details:

We are looking forward to seeing you at the monthly birth circle this coming Saturday! Help us spread the word, and invite your friends. And, let us know you are coming by clicking here: https://fb.me/e/1PXAgvjVr

(Psssst! The guest list is only for our eyes and to gauge how many are attending, as we want to respect everyone's privacy. It cannot be viewed publicly.)

• Active Management of the Third Stage • 👶 As baby emerges, a postpartum Pitocin drip will be started, or the dosage wil...
01/20/2024

• Active Management of the Third Stage •

👶 As baby emerges, a postpartum Pitocin drip will be started, or the dosage will be adjusted if already running for induction/augmentation.

🧑‍⚕️Your provider may initiate fundal rubs immediately (firm pressure at/near your belly button that is rubbed down towards your back to encourage placenta detachment and/or firming of uterus) while providing traction to the umbilical cord.

💗Alternatively, they may start an exam of your tissues to see if repair is necessary.

🩸Or they may wait for signs that the placenta has released (separation gush, your desire to push).

🤱Most often, they will guide/pull the placenta out as you bond with your baby. Sometimes you may be asked to give a little push to assist.

🏥Once the placenta is out, it is placed in a bin and placed on the delivery table. Your provider will pay attention to your bleeding and you will receive additional fundal rub(s), as necessary.

Partners & the Postpartum: How can they help?• Tell you how incredible and amazing you are 💞• Feed you and keep you hydr...
01/18/2024

Partners & the Postpartum: How can they help?
• Tell you how incredible and amazing you are 💞
• Feed you and keep you hydrated
• Fill your peri bottle with warm water and help you with bathroom trips
• Do skin to skin when you cannot
• Support infant feedings - make a bottle, hold a b**b, assist with hand expression, thaw colostrum, pace bottle feed, etc.
• Hold the baby while you nap
• Change the diapers
• Take flattering photos/videos of you and your baby
• Massage you
• Manage visitors
• Prioritize your comfort, rest, and needs - keep track of any med/remedy schedules
• Rest and take care of themselves too!

What did your partner do that you loved and didn't make this list?

I love this photo for so many reasons 💗 This is what it should look like when you are doing skin to skin with your baby ...
01/16/2024

I love this photo for so many reasons 💗

This is what it should look like when you are doing skin to skin with your baby in the postpartum to optimize the benefits.

When you are doing skin to skin with your baby, you want the biggest part of their body directly on your chest or belly. This is to maximize the surface area that is touching your warm body.

To maintain or increase baby's temperature, throw a blanket on top of you all. If baby's temp is a little low, make it a warm blanket.

Tips for the Immediate Postpartum•Eat something substantial before you get up for that first bathroom trip.•Use your per...
01/11/2024

Tips for the Immediate Postpartum

•Eat something substantial before you get up for that first bathroom trip.
•Use your peri bottle to spray your v***a before you start to p*e and while p*eing to prevent stinging. Rinse well afterwards and gently pat dry.
•Ice your bottom, your epidural site, and/or your cesarean incision in the first 24 hours to control swelling & manage discomfort.
•If ice on the bottom is uncomfortable, try a warm compress, or sit on a heating pad.
•Witch hazel pads tucked inside your bum can help with hemorrhoid discomfort, or on the top of your pad can help with discomfort.
•Rest and hydrate as much as possible

Wishing you a smooth and peaceful recovery 💞

When labor begins, the sensations you feel are often spaced out, shorter, and less intense . Over time, the frequency, l...
01/10/2024

When labor begins, the sensations you feel are often spaced out, shorter, and less intense . Over time, the frequency, length and intensity of squeezes gets stronger.

One of the things I look for is changes in demeanor along with the changes in sensation. In early labor, feeling excited, chatty and ready is more common. During active labor, we may notice you're more serious, less engaged in the space, perhaps needing quiet to focus on the work you're doing.

Your needs for comfort will change too. In early labor, you might relax with a heating pad, hugs and validation from loved ones, or a relaxing shower and rest. As things increase in intensity, you may prefer hands on comfort to cope.

In the depth of labor’s intensity, there’s a quiet strength that radiates through clenched fists and closed eyes. This m...
01/09/2024

In the depth of labor’s intensity, there’s a quiet strength that radiates through clenched fists and closed eyes. This moment tells a story of power, perseverance, and unwavering determination 💞✨


01/01/2024

Hope you have a fantastic new year! 🎉 Remember: each of the doulas that are members of CFAD fill their calendar on a first-come basis. So when you find yourself seeking your support, bookmark this link: capefearareadoulas.org! 😉

So excited to be offering this series again with one of my favorite birthworkers, ! We poured our heart and soul into th...
09/18/2023

So excited to be offering this series again with one of my favorite birthworkers, !

We poured our heart and soul into this class during the hot summer months with all our crazy kiddos home with us. It was wild, but we learned we can do anything with a little dedication, lots of support, and plenty of deep breaths…and YOU can too!

Sign ups for October are LIVE! Head over to , click the , or in my stories and save your spot today!

See you soon 😍😍😍

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✨Creating Your Birth Preferences: A Deep Dive✨It's time to take that journey a step further and explore the art of craft...
09/13/2023

✨Creating Your Birth Preferences: A Deep Dive✨
It's time to take that journey a step further and explore the art of crafting YOUR personalized birth preferences…
Creating birth preferences is about building knowledge, identifying your choices, and aligning your birth experience with your individual desires.
Things to consider:
* Your Core Values: What truly matters to you during labor and birth - is it a calm environment, freedom to move, or specific comfort measures? How do you want to feel during your experience? What are things you are hoping to avoid? Your values guide the way 💗
* Effective Communication: How can you communicate your preferences clearly and confidently with your care team? What role your partner have in centering you in conversations about your care? When everyone's on the same page, you can feel supported , held, and listened to.
* The Unpredictability of Birth: In what ways can you embrace the beautiful unpredictability of birth while honoring your choices? What do you need to feel grounded when the unexpected happens?

I'm here to support your choices and to celebrate your birth story 💓💓💓



📸: me 💓

This baby is TWELVE today. May you be happy, loved, and completely YOU, always, my love 💗💗💗
09/10/2023

This baby is TWELVE today. May you be happy, loved, and completely YOU, always, my love 💗💗💗

✨Birth Preferences ✨Hey there, friends!  If you're on this journey to parenthood, you've probably heard countless storie...
09/07/2023

✨Birth Preferences ✨
Hey there, friends! If you're on this journey to parenthood, you've probably heard countless stories of labor and birth—some inspiring, some daunting.
Your birthing experience is uniquely YOURS, and every baby has their own story. While we can't predict every twist and turn along the way, we can certainly pave the path for a more informed, and connected journey.
Let's dive into the world of birth preferences— not "plans" because Mother Nature has her own rhythm. 🌦️💫
✨ Why Birth Preferences Matter ✨
Your birth experience matters! Getting clear on your preferences enhances your confidence about what is right for you. Sharing your preferences guides your birthing team toward what matters most.
✨How can you create meaningful birth preferences? ✨
We'll explore this further in another post, covering:
* How to identify your core values and desires for your birthing experience.
* Communicating your preferences effectively with your care team.
* How to embrace the unpredictability of labor while honoring your choices.
I’m here to support YOU every step of the way. Together, we'll navigate the beautiful uncertainty of childbirth, so you can approach your birth journey with confidence and strength.
If you're ready to embark on this incredible adventure—armed with knowledge, choice, and the unwavering support of a doula—hit that ❤️ button, and stay tuned for a deep dive into creating birth preferences that align with YOUR birth story!

📸: me

I’m so excited to be co-hosting a new, local childbirth education class with a birthworker buddy of mine, ! 💓💓💓Those of ...
07/12/2023

I’m so excited to be co-hosting a new, local childbirth education class with a birthworker buddy of mine, ! 💓💓💓

Those of you who have or are working with me know that I like to keep things very real when we’re talking about birth - and this class will do that! We will focus on things like stages of labor, partner connection, purposeful movement, finding comfort and so much more!

Go ahead and give us a follow and we hope to see you at a class soon!

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