2/8/2024 0 Comments
As a postpartum doula I find great joy in supporting new families during the postpartum period. Meal prep and cooking are not just tasks for me, but a way to nourish both the body and soul of the parents as they navigate this beautiful yet challenging time. There is something truly special about preparing wholesome meals that provide comfort and sustenance during those early days of parenthood. It brings me immense satisfaction to see the smiles on their faces as they enjoy a warm, homemade meal without having to worry about the added stress of cooking. In these moments, I feel grateful to be able to make a difference in their lives by providing this simple yet impactful form of support.
When making foods and meals, I try and focus on healing and nutritional foods that aid in postpartum healing and lactation. Fennel and beets are 2 of my favorite ingredients.
Before we can say if cervical check is needed before labor, lets ask ourselves “What is a cervical exam and what is the purpose of a cervical exam or check?” A cervical check is when your medical provider (OBGYN, Midwife or OB nurse) examines your cervix for dilation (how open is the cervix), effacement (how soft is your cervix) and baby’s station (how high in your pelvis is baby). In labor the reason for these cervical exams is to determine if these 3 things are progressing. Once your cervix is 10cm dilated, 100% effaced and at a station of at least 0, it is time to birth your baby. There is one thing you need to have your cervix move from 0cm dilated, 0% effaced and a station of -3: and that is contractions. Without the presence of contractions, we would not expect your cervix and baby to make much change without them.
4/21/2022 0 Comments
I began learning about childbirth hypnosis when I was pregnant with my second baby. I had a difficult and long birth experience the first time around. It wasn't so much the discomfort of birth that I was worried about, but the length of my birthing time. Knowing that my first birth was long, I really focused on the element of time. I really wanted to decrease the length of my birth and avoid the extra interventions I had during my first birth. I LOVED the phrase in my Hypnobabies Tracks that suggested "Every 15 minutes feels like 5 minutes to me". I practiced my Hypnobabies Program faithfully every day.
I usually don't share my children's birth details for a few different reasons. Mostly because I do not want clients to have expectations that their birth will be like my births. We are different people who will experience things differently. I really meditated on if I would open up and share my cesarean experience. After lots of internal discussion, I came to the realization that my experience may be similar to those who have had a cesarean or who may one day face one.
So, I’d like to write about my thoughts and feelings surrounding my mental health after having a cesarean. That even though I am a doula, a cesarean birth can happen to anyone and it really might be the best choice to safely bring your baby into this world.
When I 1st brought baby Violet home, sharing my experiences didn't feel safe. I gave cliff notes and vague details. I needed to process and work through what I had been through. Slowly but surely I began opening up.
I meet Sarah through the breastfeeding group I help admin on facebook. Such a warm, bubbly and down to Earth women! I knew Sarah had a less then ideal birth story (understatement of the year) and was thrilled when she offered to share her story. Unfortunately Sarah's story ended like many unplanned cesarean other mother's where they were left feeling abandoned and unheard by their care provider. Here is Sarah's experience, told by her in her words.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I was completely terrified, even though we had been not exactly preventing, not exactly trying. I was worried about the dream job I had just started months prior, the career I was just finally starting in that job, not having finished my Masters degree, and what if I'm not a good mom? But within 24 hours, I was over being terrified, and felt nothing but pure joy (well, okay, maybe still a little fear but that's normal!).
Last summer we had new neighbors move in. Being in a postpartum fog & being wrapped up in all Little Kid's feeding issues, I honestly wasn't very neighborly and never went over to introduce myself. It wasn't until Halloween that I really meet our new neighbors and wait- they have a tiny baby! How did Doula Danielle miss that? Randi and I hit it off right away and shared our breastfeeding difficulties. Later on she shared her birth story with me. To say Randi and her husband went through a lot is an under statement. When I asked for women looking to share their stories and I was thrilled she wanted to share.
Well there are many scary moments in her story, it ends with an incredibly happy ending. For those with preemie babies or a long NICU stay, this story might have some triggers. But I think it's such an important story to share. Also it is a dedication to what strong wonderful mothers we are! And how important it is to listen to your body and trust yourself.
Jennifer Rambala is a mom to 2 children who looked for a more natural way to treat her families medical and behavioral aliments. It changed her family for the better so much, so is now sharing her experiences in hopes to help other families, by sharing education on natural alternatives. She did not t have the tools of essential oils and other support with her oldest son and so seeing the difference with younger daughter, which has inspired her to help other moms and link arms to show them there are ways to make things easier.
Essential Oils have a variety of uses for everyday life. From using topically for different elements, diffusing for health benefits and using in household products to ditch using chemicals found in many cleaning products in your home. I have been using essential oils in my everyday life since my oldest daughter was born. In the wintertime you will find me diffusing a “germ away” blend I create and in the summer making my own bug repellent from essential oils. I had a chance to chat with Jennifer Rambala, a mom of 2, daily essential oil user and doTERRA rep. We talked about how using a more natural approach to her and her family had a positive outcome on their health.
I first meet Tricia when she called for an interview. She was looking to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and her and her husband knew they wanted a doula this time around. Talk about the most warm and down to Earth couple! We instantly clicked. They hired me on the spot and we began to plan and prepare for their birth. Events unfolded and Tricia did not have her VBAC, but she did have the most beautiful family centered cesarean birth. I am honored that Tricia has taken the time to put into words her experience. I do not believe any 2 births are the same. I do love reading birth stories to learn about different perspectives and journeys.
Here is Tricia's story from her point of view. Her beautiful healing family centered belly birth.
Sasha Geerken is an anthropologist and herbalist with a passion for birth work. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Montana State University and became a Certified Herbalist through Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder, CO.
Sasha is also a certifying Birth and Postpartum Doula through DONA and is currently training to be a Midwifery Assistant through Birthwise Midwifery School. As a certified herbalist, Sasha makes organic body products that are safe for both mother and baby - handmade in small batches, her body products are crafted using certified organic ingredients to nurture, soothe, and heal.
I'm not going to lie, experiencing undersupply with Little Kid took me by surprise! I had set myself up for challenges that might lay ahead, but this was not one. With Big Kid I joked I could feed a whole village, that is how much milk I made. I learned A LOT while breastfeeding Little Kid and hope to pass along some of it to women who might be in the same situation now or later in life.
1.) You can do everything "right" and still have undersupply.
I fed on demand, didn't introduce bottle early, had skin to skin in the delivery room, support of an amazing IBCLC and breastfeeding support group. I drowned myself in water, ate oats 3x's a day and took all the supplements. And for me, it didn't increase my supply. In the beginning there was a mixture of things that lead to my supply issues- PCOS, a sever lip/tongue tie, extreme nipple (bottle/pacifier) preference & inefficient suck.
Hi I am Danielle. I am a doula, childbirth educator, placenta encapsulation specialist, mother, wife & passionate about birth in the Dutchess, Ulster & Orange County, NY area. I have lived in New Windsor, NY the last 11 years and my office is in Newburgh, NY- convenient to Beacon, Cornwall, Poughkeepsie & Middletown.
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