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Hyperemesis Gravidarum, often abbreviated as HG, is a severe and persistent form of morning sickness that affects a small percentage of pregnant people. Unlike typical morning sickness, HG goes beyond the occasional queasiness and can lead to extreme nausea, vomiting, dehydration, and weight loss.
Black maternal mortality is not just a statistic; it’s a pressing issue that requires our understanding, empathy, and advocacy. During Black History Month, we want to bring awareness to this topic and discuss how we, as doulas, can contribute to being part of this change.
In the realm of birthing support, the role of a doula is undeniably profound. As someone who has been fortunate enough to experience the incredible synergy of working in a doula partnership, I can’t help but share the reasons why this collaborative approach adds an extra layer of magic to the birthing process. In this blog post, let’s delve into the beauty of doula partnerships and explore why working hand-in-hand with another doula can make a world of difference.
Do you feel alone in your journey to conceive? Are you frustrated with all the overwhelming statistics about birthing in a larger body? Have you doubted if you even want to get pregnant in the body you have now?
Today, we embark on a journey to understand the transformative impact of doula care on breastfeeding success and support. In a society that is gradually recognizing and embracing diverse family structures, the role of doulas has become increasingly crucial in providing nurturing support during the beautiful journey of breastfeeding also called chestfeeding to use more inclusive language.
While this topic may be a bit outside our norm, I have a bone to pick with OBs. While the IUD is a fantastic form of long-term birth control, the process of insertion and removal can be extremely painful- and it is the norm to do both without any pain medication.
Bringing a new life into the world is a monumental journey, and having the right support in the labor room can make all the difference. As you prepare for the big day, one question looms large: Who should be there with you during this transformative experience?
Navigating the complex world of healthcare can be daunting, but fear not! With the right tools and mindset, you can actively participate in decisions about your well-being. In this blog post, we’ll explore the art of self-advocacy in health decisions and empower you to take the reins of your own health journey.
In this blog post, we’re going to explore the hardships of not feeling immediately attached to your baby after birth and the complications that can arise, particularly in the form of postpartum depression (PPD). So, let’s open up a conversation filled with empathy, understanding, and support.
Have you ever shared a concern you have and had it immediately dismissed? When it happens with a healthcare provider, there’s an extra layer of challenge because there is a real inequity in the power balance between you and a medical provider. We are going to discuss seeking a second opinion when your concerns are brushed aside.
Have you ever wondered if you need to find a doula that has the same birth preferences that you do? One that would make the same decisions as you would, for example? Birth is a deeply personal experience, and it’s only natural for individuals to carry their own preferences and experiences into the birthing room.
Doulas’ main role is to support the birthing person. However, doulas can also play an instrumental role in supporting the non-birthing parent. Let’s explore the ways doulas shine in supporting non-birthing parents, creating an environment of understanding, empowerment, and shared joy.
Hello, wonderful readers! If you’re embarking on the incredible journey of childbirth, you’ve likely heard about the mysterious transition phase of labor. Don’t fret!
I received my degree online, while being a full-time mom and employee. Being able to get my degree online was the only way I could’ve pursued a masters degree. I didn’t have the financial ability to not be employed. I really love the flexibility that online education gives me. AND I’M SO TIRED OF BAD ONLINE EDUCATION!
In a recent article, Jason Rantz (a host on a conservative talk radio show) takes aim at the “Fat Con” conference that just occurred in Seattle this last weekend, branding it as supporting a dangerous and backward movement.
While Jason attempts to criticize the fat liberation movement, his arguments are riddled with misinformation, flawed assumptions, and the tired attempts of straight sized white men to shame and judge fat women.
The labor and birth process can be intense and emotionally charged, and conflicts may arise between expectant parents and the medical care team. In these moments, doulas often emerge as unsung heroes, skillfully navigating the delicate balance between the desires of the birthing person and the medical necessities. Let’s delve into the crucial role that doulas play to manage conflicts during labor and birth, fostering an environment of understanding and empowerment.
As we stand on the brink of a brand-new year, it might be nearly impossible to avoid conversations, ads and articles about a new year/new you type of vibe, which of course typically means weight loss. It might be hard for some people to understand that you have no intention of pursuing weight loss.
One of the benefits of being a lesbian couple is definitely not accidentally getting pregnant. But what about when you actually want to get pregnant? Well, unsurprisingly, it’s a bit more complicated. While there is an “underground” market for sperm, for many reasons, you should not go that route.
Bringing a new life into the world is a transformative journey, and preparing for the arrival of your bundle of joy is a crucial step. Birth education classes offer valuable insights, practical tips, and emotional support to expectant parents.
Yay! You were able to successfully induce lactation! You may be getting drops to ounces, but you’ve got something and that is important to celebrate. As you are counting down the days to your baby’s arrival, you are likely wondering how you and your partner can schedule feeding times with your newborn. We are going to review what an ideal schedule might look like and how you can adjust that for your own specific needs.
Embarking on the path to parenthood as a lesbian couple comes with its unique set of considerations- there’s not going to be any accidental pregnancies here for one! Plus, four boobs! Don’t worry, we’ll be talking about that in another blog. As far as deciding how to get pregnant, there’s some options to consider. We are going to go through the different types of donors and why you might want each one.
Pregnancy and childbirth are profound life events, and when they coincide with the holiday season, the joy and celebration become even more pronounced. In this blog, we’ll explore the unique experiences of expectant families navigating the journey to parenthood during the holidays, with a focus on the cultural significance and various traditions that make this time of the year even more special.
You have been counting the days down to your baby’s due date and now the plans have changed and you are getting induced. This can be a stressful change of plans. It is understandable if you need time to grieve the loss of going into labor the way that you expected. Doctors frequently recommend inductions when there is medical indication that the baby needs to come sooner or the birthing parent’s health is at risk.
The journey through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a profound and transformative experience, and having the right support can make all the difference. Two essential figures in the realm of pregnancy care are doulas and midwives. While their roles may sometimes overlap and they are sometimes confused, they bring distinct skills and perspectives to the birthing process. In this blog, we will explore the key differences between doulas and midwives, shedding light on the unique contributions each makes to the childbirth experience and help you decide what might be best for your individual situation.