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What Is Cluster Feeding, And How Do I Get Through It?

Babies do lots of really cute things. Coos, giggles, and of course, their award winning snuggles. But for each of those cute things, there’s a less charming obstacle that parents have to figure out how to either master or survive- think, diaper blowouts, sleepless…

Vernix: Magical Baby Goop & Delayed Newborn Baths

Vernix, formally known as vernix caseosa is the white, creamy, looking substance that newborns are born with. Most of us are inclined to look at it as gross, and when people hear that parents want to delay newborn baths because of it, its easy…

The Tea on Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is often hailed as a uterus superfood, with the ability to induce and shorten labor, make labor less painful, ease morning sickness and reduce postpartum bleeding…

Top 5 Reasons to Delay Cord Clamping

Since the 1950s, it has been standard protocol after delivery, for doctors to clamp the umbilical cord, immediately after birth. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) began recommending that doctors leave the umbilical cord alone for AT LEAST one full minute, in order to…

Surviving the First Year of Motherhood

Its no secret that motherhood is the probably the scariest hood you’ll ever go through. From explosive diapers and nip-lash, to dangerously low amounts of sleep and hormonal imbalances, its clear: Mommin’ isn’t for the faint of heart. No matter how many books you…

Doulas Are For Cesareans, Too.

Our society views cesarean birth a lot differently than it does vaginal birth. If you’ve had a cesarean yourself, you probably know EXACTLY what I mean. Without even meaning to, good-intentioned people can make comments that imply that belly birth is the “easy way…

The 411 on Baby Led Weaning

Baby-Led Weaning, or BLW for short, is a somewhat new approach to feeding infants, that has risen in popularity, especially in the U.S., over the last few years. It means almost exactly what the name implies, letting babies take the lead when it comes…

Birth Plans- A Doula’s Perspective

If you’re pregnant, or have ever been pregnant, you’ll know firsthand that the advice you receive from those around you is often confusing and conflicting. It can be hard to tell, as you swim through the sea of unsolicited comments who is right and…

Dads & Doulas

Did you know that doulas AREN’T just there for the birthing person? Doulas are there to help the entire family transition from pregnancy to birth, and from birth to life with a newborn. While dads don’t experience the physical toll mothers do during birth,…

A Bit About Babywearing…

In recent years, babywearing has become popular again, thanks to carrier companies making more ergonomic (and cute!) baby carriers. Many people think it’s a new trend, but prior to the 1900’s, babywearing was, by far, the norm. Drawings have depicted women wearing their babies…