Posts tagged labor doula
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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Complementary Perinatal Care Series: Reiki Healing

According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals, Reiki is a “spiritual healing art.” It is neither based on belief nor suggestion, and while it does require the practitioner to place hands on you, it is also not massage therapy.

Like massages, though, Reiki is one of many avenues of additional, complementary care people may pursue during the perinatal period as they seek comfort and relief from common stressors that accompany this transitional time of life.

Today, a local Reiki Healer & Instructor joins us on the blog to share a little more about what Reiki is and how it may benefit expectant parents.

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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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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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Cesarean Birth Support? Doulas Do That!

Doulas. Do. It. ALL.

Whether you give birth at home, a birth center, a hospital delivery room, or a hospital operating room; whether you choose no medication, nitrous oxide,  an epidural, or IV pain meds; whether you birth standing, kneeling, squatting, or on your back—your doula can/will/DOES support that type of birth. Full stop.

"...but HOW?"

How do doulas support cesarean births? Let me count the ways...

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Warning: Emotional Baggage

Don't worry, you won't need tissues, but we are going to get a little emotional...emotionally supportive, that is. Emotional support is one of the key pieces to doula work, and yet, like the emotions we support, many people struggle to wrap their minds around this aspect of our duties.

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The Perks of Being a Doula

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...

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