Top 3 benefits of a childless doula

IMG_20190211_150142_236Okay, I’m going to address the elephant in the room: Hi, I’m Lindsey, I am a doula and breastfeeding counselor and I have not given birth. I am not a mother. I am childless.

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Importance of Vitamin D and Your Pregnancy

Here we are in the dead of winter, and I want to talk about the importance of Vitamin D during your pregnancy.

untitled presentation (3)Vitamin D is an essential chemical that in adults facilitates the absorption of bone and muscle strengthening ingredients like phosphorous and calcium. It’s also necessary for helping your baby grow healthy teeth and bones, as well. Vitamin D is also associated with lowering inflammation and risk of infection by bolstering the immune system for mom. It supports thyroid health, as well as nerve health that supports our brain’s ability to communicate with our body. Vitamin D has even been linked with cancer prevention, lowering blood pressure and risk of preeclampsia, preterm birth, and even reducing insulin resistance/risk of gestational diabetes.

It’s an amazing micronutrient!

Vitamin D is made in our skin through sun exposure or through certain foods such as mushrooms  (grown under UV light), fish and fish oils (tuna, mackerel and salmon), animal livers/liver oils, and eggs, or fortified products like cereals, orange juice, soy and dairy products. Those unable to get enough Vitamin D from either of these methods may take supplements (specifically Vitamin D3 / cholecalciferol).

Sure it’s harder to avoid making Vitamin D living here in Arizona in the winter with 299 days of sunshine each year. Studies have shown, though, that about 10 percent of the American population (especially in higher latitudes) is deficient in this important vitamin (which is recommended at 800-1,000 IU/day) due to the long winter months spent indoors.

And for pregnant women, that need is higher than the average population with a daily recommendation of 4,000 IU. Some studies have even shown intake of 10,000 IUs to be beneficial. 

While it’s impossible to “overdose” on Vitamin D from sunlight, care is needed when supplementing. Consult your primary care provider or dietitian before supplementing, though, of course. And take supplements as prescribed or recommended on the packaging.

 

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Need help meeting your nutritional needs?

Whether you are thinking about getting pregnant, are having difficulty

getting pregnant, or are currently pregnant and need

a little extra counseling about what makes a healthy meal,

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How you can afford a birth doula

One of the saddest misconceptions of doula support today is that it’s a service only available for the well-to-do. This frustrates birthworkers like me, because we are so passionate about our work and that everyone deserves to have our services.

#Doulasareforeveryone!

So here are some tips to try when looking for a doula to accompany you through your next journey to parenthood:

  • Ask if your doula/doula agency has a payment plan
  • Or, if your doula has a sliding fee scale based on income
  • If you can’t afford most full-fee doulas, ask the certifying agencies such as DONA, CAPPA, or ProDoula for local contacts that may have names of recently trained doulas working toward their certifications. These doulas usually charge much less as they learn the trade, and are a wonderful low-fee option
  • Check if your flex saving account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) covers the purchase of doula support (some do!)
  • Have an online baby registry? Try listing doula support on it!
  • Ask if your doula offers gift certificates, should a friend or family member be able to gift his or her services to you

 

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Let’s work together to make doula support possible for you.

Let’s talk about blood (post share)

A potent new feminine-hygiene ad gets unabashedly bloody to talk about periods—and, in the process, it nails what’s missing in the rest of the advertising world’s “female empowerment” movement. The ad for Bodyform, a UK maker of pads and liners, features a host of badass women—surfers, boxers, rugby players, dancers, and even a medieval knight—getting bloodied, but never backing down. From the blood-pumping score and quick cuts, […]

via “No blood should hold us back”: A feminine-hygiene ad finally gets women’s empowerment right — Quartz

Love, acceptance, and our “hair-down-there”

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Such a personal place. And when it comes to our hairstyle preferences, especially down there, SOCIAL TABOO gets stamped all over it. But I’m going to bust that wide open for a few minutes. Because when our hair down there gets between us and love and self-acceptance, we need to talk about it.

So a few weeks ago, a friend and I were sitting on my couch, giggling and chatting as good girlfriends tend to do. Somehow we ended up on the subject of the twisted public image of women’s bodies. And as things go, we brushed up against the subject of sexual expectations.

She then told me a story about her, her hair, a play and an ex-boyfriend.

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Can meditation reverse anxiety and low self-esteem?

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Breathing can help prolong your life. Well, especially when you combine it with meditation.

In an age where we are constantly multi-tasking, plugged in, inundated with images, facts and emails and enduring constant over-stimulation, it’s no wonder we’re exhausted and a little frayed at the edges each day.

And when you have added stress, it can affect your body in many ways both physically and mentally. So whether you are going through a difficult time in your life or are struggling with an ongoing mental health issue, adopting mindfulness could be just what the doctor ordered.

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