While understanding your rights as a birthing person is vital anytime, in the era of COVID-19, I found this topic especially apropos. I have heard horrible stories from doulas and moms alike about their birth preferences being completely thrown out of the window due to COVID-19, and new hospital regulations that seem to change daily. … Continue reading Knowing your rights as a birthing person
Breastfeeding can be difficult enough for many moms, but some aspects of the holiday season can make things even more so if she isn't prepared for them - such as her body's ability to produce breastmilk. Here are several things to keep a keen eye out for (while you're watching for Kris Kringle of course), … Continue reading Six holiday hangups that impact milk supply for breastfeeding moms
As the holidays fill our homes and our lives, many new breastfeeding moms everywhere are probably asking – can I drink and breastfeed my baby? Alcohol and breastfeeding have often been seen as oil and water – the two just do not mix. Women for years have been told to “pump and dump” any breastmilk … Continue reading Can I drink alcohol and breastfeed?
In the US, 41.1% of women of childbearing age (over the age of 20) are obese. Women who are overweight or obese want the best for themselves and their children as much as any woman; and a good many women of childbearing age are considering bariatric surgery to help. Statistics report that of the amount … Continue reading Bariatric surgery and birth outcomes
The first breastfeeding of a newborn is often a magical, yet confusing experience for a new mom. If you are considering breastfeeding your baby, I love that you have stumbled across this blog post. As a doula and breastfeeding counselor, I want to share some of these little understood facts about newborns and their first … Continue reading 7 things to know about your newborn’s first breastfeeding
Here we are in the dead of winter, and I want to talk about the importance of Vitamin D during your pregnancy. 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 … Continue reading Importance of Vitamin D and Your Pregnancy
Essential oils are a fantastic addition to any labor or birth support kit for a doula. From helping a birthing person to relax and release, or to give a tired birthing person the kick they need to keep up the work, they can do amazing things. My friend and Doterra essential oil salesperson Ruth Ann, a … Continue reading Essential oils and doula support
I was eating breakfast and settling down for a little light reading this past month when I came across this article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics that grabbed my attention. I actually had to do a double take at the headline.
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While juicing may still be all the rage in some circles, I can’t find it in my heart to fully get behind it as a well-person’s go-to health fix.
Here are some reasons why:
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But some things to keep in mind is that:
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