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