As the time approaches to bring your new baby home, you may be nervous about how your first baby—your fur-baby—will handle the new addition. You love them, afterall, and don’t want them to feel replaced or resent their new family member.
"What is chiropractic care? Should my baby see a chiropractor? Is chiropractic care safe for newborns?"
These are just a few of the questions we receive here at Vocal Birth Doula Services from new parents when presented with chiropractic care as one of the many options available to them for caring for their new babies.
Today, Dr. Ashley Seaver of Spa City Chiropractic joins us to answer these common questions (and more!) about chiropractic care for infants.Read More
Apps often make our lives easier, consolidating a mess of lists into a single magical, clickable icon we can tap time and again to keep things organized. They have apps for everything these days! Grocery lists, calendars, period trackers—and yes, even apps to use during pregnancy and postpartum.
But with so many options, you may find it overwhelming trying to find the right apps for you and your family. Let us help!Read More
Pregnancy is pretty cool—I mean, come on, you're building a whole other human being from scratch! But it can also be pretty exhausting—I mean, you ARE building a whole other human from scratch. And it can even be painful—you know, because you have to carry around that other human for a few months.
Here are a few simple tools to have on hand to help ease those aches and pains...Read More
Something that makes doula care unique to the care you (usually) receive from your providers is that you have a direct line to the person you're trying to reach. With great access comes great responsibility—and maybe you're a little worried you won't know when to call. Or maybe you're afraid you'll "call for no reason."
Well, let's put those fears to rest! Here's a doula's guide to calling your doula.Read More
Aside from just genuinely loving doula work, the truth is there are a lot of perks to being a doula: I get to make my own schedule (to some degree), I get to spend more time with my toddler and be there for a lot of his firsts, and (the best part!) I get to meet new and exciting people in some of the most marvelous moments in their lives, all while also supporting my own family.
The most unique perk that I've found, though, is...Read More
When it comes to having a baby, you're going to make lots of decisions, not the least of which is who will provide your perinatal care. This one decision has the ability to shape a lot of the overall experience, so it's important that you make it with care.
Whether you choose an OB or a midwife, here are some questions to ask *yourself* when interviewing potential providers...Read More
Fear about giving birth, whether it's your first time or your fifteenth, is totally normal. The only way through it is through it, but you have to know what "it" is first. Are you afraid of being in pain? Do you fear the unknown? Are you scared of unwanted interventions?
What is it exactly that has you trembling? Put your finger on that fear, and then:Read More
If you're anything like me, you often turn to Google with your questions. In fact, that may even be how you found this blog post!
In that case, I'm glad you're here because that means that you realized, like me, that a simple Google of the definition of "doula" doesn't really tell you squat about what a doula is.
You see, according to Google, a doula is:
"a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born."
...but this definition is almost identical to that of "midwife." And I can assure you, doulas are not midwives.
So, the question remains: what is a doula?