Posts tagged doula support
Why Birth Workers Should Stop Beating The “Intuition” Drum

With the prevalence of anxiety related to pregnancy and parenthood, it’s not hard to understand the seemingly continuous stream of questions that flood the online parenting pages.

What is a little confusing is the reverberating “trust your gut” that seems to find its way into every one of these threads.

But what happens when you don’t have an inclination toward a specific solution, or when you can’t tell if the voice you’re hearing is your intuition or your anxiety talking?

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Bottle-feeding? Let's Pace It!

Paced bottle-feeding is a topic of much interest, particularly in the breastfeeding community, as parents try to navigate offering expressed milk in conjunction with feeding at the breast directly.

The Infant Feeding Project recently shared about pace-feeding on Instagram (@theinfantfeedingproject). Today we are going to build on that with a video demonstrating both how and why pace-feeding is practiced, and how it may benefit both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding families alike!

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Let's Talk About Sleep, Ba-by!

By now, you're probably aware of just how interested people are in infant sleep. Heck, maybe you're obsessed with it, too! I mean, it makes sense seeing as you now have a newborn dictating when and how much sleep you get—often on an erratic and nonsensical schedule they clearly made up themselves, without any adult guidance.

But when people suggest that infants should be sleeping through the night, or equate good sleep with being a "good baby," they really do a disservice to new parents—and reveal how little they actually know about typical infant sleep.

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One Mom, Three Babies, Three Different Stories

There are many different viewpoints on the ways we should raise our babies: co-sleep vs. crib-sleep, rock to sleep vs. put to bed awake, babywear vs. strollers/bouncers/etc.

We all have opinions and though our opinions may be great for some, we must remember that every family and every baby is different.

One of the many topics that hits close to home for this mama is formula vs. breastfeeding. This is because it is NOT always that simple.

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Preparing Your Pets For Siblinghood

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.

We get it. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help make this transition easier on everybody...

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Chiropractic Care For Your Newborn

"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.

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Doula Top 5: Apps For Pregnancy & Beyond

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!

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Preparing For Those 2 A.M. Feeds

For many, bringing a newborn home completely shakes up their routine. Instead of feeding everyone in the house 3-6 meals before bedtime, you’ve now got a sweet little mouth asking for milk 8-12 times (roughly) per day, including throughout the night. 

Here are a few things you can do to make the 2 A.M. feed—and the others, too!—a little less dread-worthy...

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Birth Toolbox: Do You Know Your Bishop Score?

Near the end of pregnancy it’s common for the cervix to enter the spotlight, as cervical exams are often offered at each appointment starting around week 36. Even friends and family become invested in what exciting things your cervix is up to, the question of dilation arising again and again in conversation!

But there’s more to predicting labor than dilation.

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I Wish I Had Known About Postpartum Doulas

I had no delusions of being a “perfect” parent, but I did have plans that didn’t pan out—and not because they were far-fetched, just because I didn’t have the type of support I needed.

I didn’t know then that I could hire someone who...

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Pained and Pregnant? Ease Those Aches With 5 Simple Tools

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...

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When Should I Call My Doula?

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.

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