Advice from a Doula

I wish I’d had someone to share with me the “real” parts of what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum! This is that place for you.

- Allison

How to order a FREE Breast Pump through your Insurance!

Breast pumps are a major expense on your list of new baby must haves, but now many insurances are required to cover a free breast pump for you! It can be daunting to even know where to start with the process, so here’s a step by step instruction guide. First, we’ll start with regular insurance…

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Birth Playlist Samples – Create an environment you want with music in labor

Music during labor and birth makes a huge impact on the overall tone of your birthing day, but how do you know what songs you’ll want on your birth playlist when the big day comes? Here’s where you start. Find songs that are associated with happy memories for you. Don’t put a song on your…

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How To Scald Your Breastmilk – “My Baby Won’t Drink Frozen Breastmilk”

It’s finally time for a night out and you get to dive into the freezer stash of breastmilk you’ve been working so hard to compile! BUT… “My baby won’t drink my frozen breastmilk!” “The frozen milk I thawed smells sour!” “This milk smells like soap!” What now? There’s nothing wrong with your milk and it’s…

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Weaning Baby From Night Feedings – Why, When, and HOW??

Every parent reaches a point where they want to cut back the night feedings with their baby. This process is daunting and there are so many opinions on how or when to do this it can be overwhelming. Ultimately, you will have to decide what works best for you, your baby, and your family dynamics.…

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Extended Breastfeeding – How to mind your own business

I recently took a motorcycle course to get my endorsement and it was difficult but a lot of fun! Toward the end of the class, I asked the instructor how much longer the class would be, I needed to know if I could make it to the end of the course or if I needed to…

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Do you need a birth plan? Common questions and concerns about birth plans

Should you have a birth plan or is it a waste of time? How do you write one? Are you just setting yourself up for disappointment by writing a birth plan? Will the doctor and nurses think your “that mom”? These are all common questions when it comes to writing a birth plan. Guess what??…

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Birth Doula Too Expensive? Here’s what you’re really paying for…

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Now what? This can be both an exciting and nerve-racking time. There are so many things to do, things to learn, to prepare for. It can seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are birth professionals out there who are willing and eager to help! A Birth doula is someone trained to support you physically…

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas that Focus on the Mom-To-Be | Pregnancy & Postpartum

A baby shower is a great way to celebrate the new life that’s coming into the world! There are so many cute things to buy for the baby and it’s a great time to stock up on diapers and wipes that you KNOW are going to get used! With so much focus on the cute…

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Birth Videos & Photography Collection – Links to positive birth stories

Have you found yourself wanting to check out some amazing birth photography or watch videos of real women giving birth? Most expecting moms can’t get enough! The only trouble is, you never quite know what you’re getting when you click on that YouTube video… Well here’s a list of amazing birth videos and photography for…

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Why would a woman ever WANT to have a natural birth?

When a woman tells you she plans to birth her baby with no pain medication, a common reaction is “This lady is CRAZY. WHY on EARTH would someone CHOOSE to do that?? Have you never heard of an epidural?? Do you LIKE pain? I would never ever do that in a million years. You’ll be…

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5 Things NOT to Say to a Woman in Labor – And What to Say Instead

If you’ll find yourself near a woman during childbirth sometime soon, you’re in the right place! As a birth doula, I watch and assist many women through the process of childbirth and have learned over the years there are several well-intended things that partners or myself say that usually end in frustration or “the look”…

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Hypnobirthing – Why would someone choose self-hypnosis for childbirth?

When you first hear about a woman claiming to have a “pain-free” birth, it often brings a little eye roll and a chuckle. Haha, really lady? Childbirth is supposed to be painful, full of angry threats toward the partner that did this to you, rings of fire while the baby’s head emerges, and sweaty screams…

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