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Loving life

Loving life

Loving life in Arizona! (We are working on restyling the blog a bit this week, so look below for all the blog posts, but forgive the mess while we modernize the look a bit! The search feature is working well though!)

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The First Hour Swaddle (It’s not what you think!)

The First Hour Swaddle (It’s not what you think!)

I will admit I get some criticism as a lactation consultant and postpartum doula for advocating swaddling for newborns. People think I should only advocate skin to skin–which I totally support! (Except when mama needs to be dressed, and then there are many shirts and babywearing devices that help with this.) I also help a […]

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How do I shower alone with a newborn?

How do I shower alone with a newborn?

So many moms have asked this question over the years, I thought I would collect some answers here that I have heard from moms group (and some I have tried myself) and see if they help out some new mamas. First of all, your baby doesn’t care if you shower! This is primarily for YOU…remember […]

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Top 10 Things you can do for twin parents

Top 10 Things you can do for twin parents

These are actual quotes from moms of twins who responded to the question, “What did you most wish people would do for you without being asked?” Bonus points if they don’t have to ask you first! Bring them food/fill their water bottle without being asked Clean the house, change the sheets, do the dishes (things […]

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Having a cesarean? A doula’s perspective…

Having a cesarean? A doula’s perspective…

So many of our clients have had cesareans (including me!) and when they call us from the hospital to set up their postpartum care I have 2 main things I warn them about (based on hundreds of clients struggling with these particular issues). For all the people I can’t call, I offer you these: #1 […]

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Am I doing this right?

Am I doing this right?

As a brand new mother, I asked myself this far too often. I made some different choices than some of my family and friends, and didn’t want to rock the boat–ok, some of my friends are snickering at that last comment, but really, as a new mom, I REALLY didn’t want to disappoint anyone! But […]

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The last 5 minutes says a lot

The last 5 minutes says a lot

14 years of postpartum doula work has reinforced one thing I learned early on. The old cliché that ‘people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’ really is true, especially in doula work. We can be the most educated doulas in the world, offering the best resources that really […]

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We have come a long way BABY…

We have come a long way BABY…

My blogging vacation is over! To start things off again, I offer you a guest blog by a brilliant colleague of mine with decades of experience serving babies and families: Margi Deneau-Saxton. Margi wears many hats as an RN, postpartum doula/trainer, patient educator, and more, but she treasures the role she gets to play as […]

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"We didn’t have dinner."

"We didn’t have dinner."

In our flip-flopped family of a stay at home dad and a breadwinner wife who works days, overnights and weekends, we try to make evenings sacred and prioritize dinner time where we all sit down (or at least the kids attempt  to sit down), say grace, and share a meal together talking about our day. […]

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Client favorite: Refrigerator Quiche

Client favorite: Refrigerator Quiche

This is a quick doula meal I can make just about anywhere. Most families have eggs, and an assortment of tired looking veggies that were meant for something but got overlooked by a new baby in the house. This is a great way to build a whole meal out of a rag tag team of […]

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