Postpartum

Becoming Active Listeners: Love in Action

The young woman in front of me sat cross-legged in the hospital bed clutching her swaddled newborn with tears streaming down her face.  This was her first birth.  She’d had a C section the day before and she had no family with her in the room.  Her partner was not available.  For the present, he …

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Maternal Mental Health: Our Role as Birth Professionals

In September of this year, the local birth and mental health communities in my area teamed up to hold a showing of the movie “Dark Side of the Full Moon.” If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly suggest that you find or sponsor a screening.  It follows two women on their two-year journey to understand …

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Breathe, Baby, Breathe

November is the month when most of us begin to focus in on what we are grateful for. It is a month that marks the beginning of the holiday season for many, and while we wish to express gratitude, it can also be a time of intense stress and exhaustion. This can be intensified for …

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Life Lessons for Doulas: Inspired by Forrest Gump

  It was 21 years ago that I first saw the movie Forrest Gump.  I remember having a wide array of emotions while watching that movie for the first time and walking out of the theater feeling inspired.  I find that each time I watch the movie I take away more and more life lessons.  …

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Preeclampsia: The Cure is Birth, or Is It?

As an educator, doula, nurse, or lactation professional, how many times have you heard that birth cures preeclampsia? Is this true? A cure is “a complete or permanent solution or remedy; a recovery or relief from disease” (Merriam-Webster, 2013, para 1). As the following quote details, preeclampsia does not always just disappear with the birth …

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Postpartum Doulas Teach Tummy Time

There are many aspects to the job description of the postpartum doula. One of the greatest of these is the confidence and education we can give to a family. As you step through the door for the first time post birth, your job is to listen and observe. How are the parents coping with their …

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Why Scheduling Your Newborn is Harmful

As a postpartum doula, I meet all different kinds of families. Each family that has called a Postpartum Doula has invited them into their home as an extra set of loving hands and a brain to pick about what to expect from their newborn. In most cases, parents have read nearly a dozen books to prepare …

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Building a Secure Attachment with your Baby

How to focus Mom’s Attention on Building a Secure Attachment As a postpartum home visitor for a local non-profit, I provide a series of three visits for all moms who are discharged from the hospital with their newborn. I never know what I’ll find when I visit a home with a baby less than 7 …

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