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What's in the Doula Bag?

When I first started out as a Doula, I packed everything but the kitchen sink in my birth bag. I had books, massage tools, and a bunch of other things I can’t even remember now. Along with all the stuff I had, I also picked up wish list items whenever I could. Things like specialized acupressure tools sworn to save my hands, and little trinkets with goo in them that were meant to help distract a mom from contractions. (Yes, you can laugh at that last one!)

Minimalist Parenting, The First Year

What do you really need for the first year with your baby? Not much at all! Your baby will be happy to stare at you and explore their surroundings, we really tend to overthink what our children need and want. Bright, flashing lights and hard plastics aren't the best materials for babies, let alone older kids. When you start to create your baby registry, consider what will add to your day-to-day life.

Y is for Yoga

Yoga is my favorite form of exercise, and while everyone's preference for physical activity is different, I wanted to share a bit about the practice and why I love and teach it. Yoga combines active poses with mindful breathing, teaching you how to fully use your breath during times of stress to relax. Learning how to mindfully use your breath is incredibly useful for labor, and can even help with stress and anxiety in day to day life.

W is for Water Birth (Plus Resources in Delaware)

Water birth is frequently called “nature’s epidural”, and for good reason! It is simple, easy, and effective for pain relief. Beyond that, relief is almost immediate when the laboring woman immerses herself in water. In one study, 72% of mothers said they would have a water birth again, as opposed to only 9% wanting to give birth on land again. With those statistics and all the anecdotes from families, this option is worth taking a look at. Let’s talk about water birth and how it can work for you! Resources are included for families in Delaware.

V is for Varicose Veins

This pregnancy condition can be painful, embarrassing, and even cause anxiety about the birth process. It’s usually harmless, but very uncomfortable and downright annoying. What is it? Varicose veins. You might usually associate these with your grandma’s legs, but we’re going to talk about this condition and how it relates to pregnancy and postpartum recovery. These are distended veins that can occur in the legs or genitals during pregnancy, and usually go away after giving birth.

A Story of Loss

In this post, I'm going to write about something very close to my heart. Miscarriage can feel like a dirty word in the realm of beautiful women and their pregnancies, instagram perfect #babybump posts everywhere. As a Birth Doula, it was heart wrenching to experience a loss and see so much love and life surrounding me. It's taking me a while to see this as a blessing, but it is. I see healing every day in my work.

Step by Step - The Process of Placenta Encapsulation

In this post, I will share the step-by-step process Sublime Motherhood follows to encapsulate a placenta using the Raw Foods Method. I hope to eliminate common myths and misunderstandings, offer information about the safety and techniques I use, and share my passion for this wonderful, holistic services. There are graphic images shared of unprocessed placenta and the capsule filling process in this post!

S is for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

In our last blog post we covered Round Ligament Pain, so I wanted to talk about another similar source of discomfort some women may experience during pregnancy. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, or SPD, affects 31% of all pregnant women. Unfortunately, many are told this is just another "ache and pain" to be dealt with, but for some it can be incredibly painful and make pregnancy much more stressful. Let's take a closer look at what causes it and how we can get some relief.

Q is for Questions

Questioning your care provider can be intimidating, let alone interviewing several to decide who will fit your needs best! I'm going to give you the run down on how to focus on the important questions, get the answers you need, and make the best decision possible. First, I want to mention that when you ask these questions, your care provider should be excited to answer them and engage you fully. Yes, they are busy. But anyone that you want to work with should take the time to answer your questions. 

10 Key Points from a Doula

There are many things to consider working as a Doula, from the time you are hired well into postpartum support. It's easy to get caught in your own headspace, or feel unsure of the right thing to say in any given situation. I have collected several key phrases or things to remember through my years working as a Doula, and I wanted to share these little bits of wisdom with you! I frequently read them before writing an article, interviewing with a client, or attending a birth.