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Dictionary of Birth Workers and Family Support

Dictionary of Birth Workers and Family Support

  Do you dream about becoming a doula or midwife? Do you think birth is the most exciting thing on earth? Do you have a special touch with babies or do people call you the Baby Whisperer? Are you curious what options there are for someone with your unique traits? Have you experienced the support […]

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Making life better with babies

Making life better with babies

  I can’t help it. I see the need for doulas everywhere. The anxiety of selling a house, fears about going to the dentist, the grief of losing a loved one. The impact of having a doula’s support can be felt in so many arenas even though our primary role is support for new parents […]

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The day my doula warmed up my coffee.

The day my doula warmed up my coffee.

Ten years ago, when I was early in my postpartum doula career, I visited a home with a new set of triplets. After the feeding routine one morning, I noticed the mom had a half-finished cup of coffee, now cold. My tidy sense said pick it up and take it downstairs with the bottles to […]

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Is Tummy Time really that important?

Is Tummy Time really that important?

  This week I interviewed Michelle Emanuel, an Occupational Therapist and Craniosacral Therapist, who teaches her trademarked TummyTime! Program to parents and other professionals (bodyworkers, lactation consultants, doulas, educators, etc) which is where I first learned this approach, including the Polyvagal Theory. As many families have questions about tummy time with their baby, I thought […]

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“I truly want no other mom to go through what I went through walking around Target that day after birth!”

“I truly want no other mom to go through what I went through walking around Target that day after birth!”

In the interest of caring for postpartum moms especially after birth, Kimberly Bepler shares an interview with Ari Diaz of Mommy Concierge featuring the New Mommy Care Packages, designed to support recovery for brand new moms.   Why did you start your New Mommy business?   I started the business after having my second child. […]

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7 secret benefits to having a postpartum doula

7 secret benefits to having a postpartum doula

People are finally beginning to hear about postpartum doulas and all they provide (and not just how great birth doulas are…although they are!). Did you know these secret doula benefits? Mothers who have doula support pump more milk. Yes, it is true! When your doula visits, you will likely see a jump in your milk […]

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Read Your Baby. Adapt as needed.

Read Your Baby. Adapt as needed.

Put away my books? Don’t Google at 3 am? How could anyone give this advice? But I do. Many times. Not to all moms of course, as books can be really helpful when you have questions, and Googling can give you real time answers when there is no one else awake to ask. However, there […]

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What does it take to become a postpartum doula? The top 5 traits of awesome doulas

What does it take to become a postpartum doula? The top 5 traits of awesome doulas

Recently someone asked me how many years it takes to get into postpartum doula work. Guess what? The answer is hours and days, not years! Because this is a lay profession, not a medical one, there are actually NO PREREQUISITES! Anyone who is comfortable with babies and supporting families is qualified. So who would make  […]

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Babywearing deals at your local garage sale?

Babywearing deals at your local garage sale?

As much as I love both garage sales and babywearing, I also love featuring others who have even more passion and education than I do, so Lindsay DeGroot joined us for this blog on two of our favorite topics! Summer in Portland means beautiful weather, garage sale season, and plenty of second-hand baby items lining […]

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Take off your pool cover!

Take off your pool cover!

It is really a welcome sight to see water in the desert. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy even a glimpse of an irrigation gulch until we moved. My eyes seize upon any sliver of water sparkling in the heat. It soothes my soul. Growing up near the water may have put that […]

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