So, you're having a baby! One of the most exciting but also intimidating things about a new baby is that there is so much stuff that you "need".... But what do you really need? As a doula and a mom of two, I can tell you that there are some definite must have items, but there are also a lot of items that are also unnecessary. Here is my No Nonsense Baby Wish List to help narrow down the "needs" from the "luxury items that will collect dust".
1. A place for your baby to slee
The last full week of April is National Infertility Awareness Week! Did you know that 1 in 8 couples experiences infertility at some point? Or that 1 in 4 pregnancies is effected by loss? This is such an important week. Infertility is a very frequently misunderstood condition; Focus and even blame is often put towards women experiencing infertility, whereas fertility struggles are actually experienced almost equally between the sexes. Often times, people who are struggling wi
Urinary incontinence. Pelvic prolapse. Sexual dysfunction. These are all common symptoms that women experience after giving birth. But are we destined to a life time of peeing our pants when we sneeze or laugh? Is there something a new mom can do to avoid a future in Depends? How Pelvic Damage Happens During pregnancy, our pelvic floors are faced with a barrage of damaging factors, including hormonal changes, pressure from the weight of a growing baby, damage caused by vagina
I am so excited to announce that I have joined together with a team of regional Doulas and Birth Professionals to form a Professional Organization to advance the professionalism for the Doulas in Northwest Arkansas! Cornerstone Professional Doulas is a group of dedicated birth workers who desire to provide the highest level of professionalism to their customers and support to each other in order to create new opportunities. When you hire Ozark Pine Doula Services, you will al
When I first heard what a Doula was, I was so intrigued, but also a little intimidated. Who were these magical women who knew so much about pregnancy and babies? Were they going to judge me for not reading Spiritual Midwifery the second I conceived? Were they mystical goddesses that were going to judge me for sometimes not wearing my baby or for eating at Burger King while gestating? I decidedly ran the other direction. That was my first mistake.
After having my oldest, the
We've heard it all before.... no fish, no coffee, watch out for that lunchmeat! Where do pregnancy eating guidelines blur into the realm of urban legend, and what should a pregnant mom really worry about?
Seafood is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and is an excellent choice for pregnant women...with a few exceptions. Some higher mercury fish should be avoided, those include: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tile fish. Lower mercury options include ca
We've all heard the saying in regard to child-rearing, that it takes a village of people to come together during the difficult, yet rewarding life stage that a new baby brings. In previous times, this was often the work of an extended family; A new mother would bring their new baby into the world and be surrounded by grandmas and aunties: helping, experienced hands who could help a new parent through periods of physical and emotional exhaustion. In this day and age, many new