All Blog Posts from New Little Life

All things for you and your new little life! Becoming a parent can be challenging, but you don't have to do it on your own.

- Allison

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…

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Natural Birth Story, but no sense of empowerment or accomplishment

“July 18: Due date. Nothing happened. July 19: Went walking at the botanical gardens in the afternoon. Felt tired out. My husband proclaimed the baby would come on Sunday. After all, when my daughter…

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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…

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Postpartum Cloth Pad DIY Tutorial – How to sew a Heavy/Overnight Menstrual Pad

Let’s be real, disposable menstrual pads are just the worst. Rashes, itching, small, and that terrible diaper feeling are all common complaints from new mothers during the first 6 weeks postpartum where pads are…

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BengKung Belly Binding – The physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits

BengKung Belly Binding is an ancient technique of wrapping the abdomen of a postpartum woman to warm the area and provide support during healing. At first, I thought the idea was a little odd…

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Best Maternity Swimsuit List 2018 – Beat the Summer Heat in Style

It’s swimsuit season! Whatever point your at in your pregnancy, this may or may not be the time of year you’re looking forward too. In early pregnancy, you can still get away with wearing…

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DIY Reusable Nursing Pads – Washable Breast Pad Tutorial

I guess I didn’t realize after you had a baby there is milk just EVERYWHERE. No one ever told me that you could also start leaking breastmilk during the end of pregnancy too… so…

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BengKung Belly Binding – An ancient technique, What, Why, and How

After your new little life is here, it can be easy to forget about the healing mother. During pregnancy and childbirth the hips open, the abdominal muscles separate, the uterus grows, the skin stretches,…

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5 Tips for the Birth Partner – Advise from a Doula for Dads and Partners

It can feel like a lot of pressure to be the main support person for a birthing woman, especially if you don’t know much about childbirth. As a pregnant first time mom, I did…

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Inside My Doula Bag! Packing your hospital birth bag – Tips From A Doula

As a 9 month pregnant expecting mom I had no idea what I actually needed to pack in my hospital birth bag! We made it through the birth just fine, but since then in…

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Amazon is giving you FREE STUFF to make a baby registry!

When you’re expecting a new baby this list of needs, wants, and nice-to-haves is ever-growing. I always loved when other moms passed along offers for free stuff so that’s what I’m doing for you…

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pregnancy, labor, birth books

Book Recommendations for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding! -WITH LINKS

There are so many books on pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding out there it can seem overwhelming. Here I’ve compiled a list of great books on these topics! I’m an Amazon lover so I’ve…

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Preparing Your Child to Attend Birth – Books, Videos, and Links!

Adding new little life into your family is exciting, especially when you want to share it with your little ones too! Having the whole family present to welcome a new addition creates an atmosphere…

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Flexible Female Pelvis Model and Mini Birth Kit VIDEO Review

Here’s a YouTube video review on some tools I purchased from childbirthgraphics.com. I bought this life size flexible female pelvis model to use in an upcoming childbirth class and I also use this mini…

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Cloth Menstrual Pads??? 8 Reasons to consider switching…

I’ll admit, the first time someone mentioned they used cloth menstrual pads my thought was, “Eww, that’s super gross. That’s definitely something I’m OK with throwing away. Touching? Washing? Storing? Yuck.” This was also…

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How to Use Cloth Wipes – Picking the best option for you

If you’re already cloth diapering, using cloth wipes is a logical next step. It may seem like just another thing to worry about in the cloth diapering world, but in fact, for us using…

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On-Call Childcare for Siblings During Your Birth – Can a Doula help?

Your new little life is almost here! The day you’ve waited so long for! But if this isn’t your first time, you’ll likely be starting to wonder what to do with your other children…

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DIY 2 Methods to Dye your BengKung Belly Bind – Rainbow and Ice Dye

A BengKung belly bind is a wrap used to bind a postpartum woman’s abdomen after birth. This tradition dates back thousands of years and is meaningful in many ways. There are several physical and…

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Preparing Siblings for Birth – Video Book Reviews!

Originally done as a Facebook LIVE, this video reviews 2 books that were gifted to me by a wonderful doula client! Her birth was one I’ll never forget! These are great books for 2nd,…

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Birth Doula, Boring Birth, What does a doula do?

A Letter to an OB from a Birth Doula. Birth is never boring.

Her health care provider walked in to check on her and said something to me that left me thinking. She said to me (the doula), “Oh I’m so sorry, this is the worst kind of birth for a doula, you’re probably bored.”

Dear Health Care Provider……

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Birth is Never Boring for a Doula – “Plan change, I ended up with an epidural!”

I sat with a woman who was about to become a mother with medications, instruments, and monitors in every place imaginable. Her beautiful, natural-minded birth plan had gone out the window hours ago when…

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Breastfeeding Photoshoot – Why you should do one too!

I’ve always seen those beautiful pictures on social media of women gathered together in beautiful dresses breastfeeding their babies together. There is such a sense of unity to women past and present in the…

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How to Sew Cloth Menstrual Pads – Video Tutorial Timelapse

This fun time-lapse video is meant to show you just how easy it is to sew Cloth Menstrual Pads! So fun! Check out The Happy Hippos on Etsy for my favorite patterns! Don’t forget…

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Medela vs. Spectra breast pump review & order one FREE through your insurance! (Even TRICARE)

As a mom of 2 (soon to be 3) and a lactation counselor, I am quite familiar with the breast pump! I went back to work after my first and carried my Medela pump…

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