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Category Archives: Postpartum

Two Becomes Three or More!

When working with couples who are welcoming a new baby into their home, I am often contracted for full spectrum care.  This means support through pregnancy, labor and birth, and the first days, weeks, and months postpartum. During this time, I am honored to witness them grow or expand their parenting skills and new kind […]

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Another Go ’round

July was FULL of clients giving birth, and a whirlwind of Antepartum, Labor, Birth, and Postpartum support.  My weeks have been so packed that I have sometimes been working 7 days a week, so much so that I was unable to post a blog last month.  To balance that out, I am on it today, […]

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Maternal Mental Health

During May, the Southern Oregon Doula Collaborative teamed up with 2020Mom to host a Diaper Drive in honor of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. “Low-income mothers who don’t have enough diapers for their babies are more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety than other low-income mothers, according to new research from Yale University. Three in […]

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Cesareans & Doulas

Photo credit: Lorien Zahava Behrle April is Cesarean Birth and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) Awareness Month! Cesarean Birth is a topic that can be controversial among parents and professionals. Recently, an infographic released in a DONA International blog regarding how Doulas can decrease the risk of Cesarean Birth made some waves and has created some great […]

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The Value of Doula Support

The past month has been a beautiful whirlwind of growth and change for my practice and myself.  I launched my Dancing for Birth™ classes, and had a lovely turn out of 10 dancers for the introductory class.  We danced and got a great workout, we talked and shared our stories and listened to others.  It […]

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When you want to Prepare for “Natural Childbirth”

To celebrate the new year, I asked my local community to send me questions they might ask a Doula, so I could highlight them in my blog. These questions could be anything about pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum healing and adjustment, or anything to do with becoming or practicing as a Doula. My focus is always on […]

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The Value of Birth Doula Support

  A Birth Doula can add an element of support to a family’s birth story that may otherwise be missing.  It is the reliable, continuous, unconditional, unbiased support from a professionally trained individual who has the experience to hold space regardless of the way birth unfolds.  This support is physical, emotional, social, and informational, and […]

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The Value of Postpartum Support- Part Two

Many families are coming to understand how important competent, professional support from a Postpartum Doula is during the fourth trimester, but most are still trying to see it as a more valuable investment, rather than a luxury expense. Two perspectives when looking into investing in a postpartum doula are what kind of money you will […]

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The Value of Postpartum Support- Part One

Although women have been giving birth since humanity began, it has been a constantly changing rite of passage around the world. Historically, there has been much focus on medically defining the standards of birthing practices, in the attempt to better contain the event. Over the past half a century, however, there has been an ever […]

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The Baby Blues

 Becoming a mother opens a woman up to a range of experiences and emotions that may be completely unknown to her. Within the first few days of giving birth, she can go from feeling elation beyond anything she has ever experienced to a profound sense of understanding the root of love, moving into an awareness […]

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