All in Doula Lessons

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.

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. 

D is for Diastasis Recti

The statistics are absolutely shocking. Even though there are only 200,000 cases of postpartum Diastasis Recti reported each year, sources report anywhere from 2/3 of all women to 98% of mothers experiencing this condition in their lifetime. That means if you're a woman intending to become a mother or already are, this information will be invaluable to you. First things first, this condition cannot be cured. Lifelong care and attention may be needed in extreme cases, but most cases are manageable with minimal effort after the initial recovery period.