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So what is Mothercare?

And why should you care? Mothercare is a word I created to parallel the term childcare which focuses on providing the basic necessities for children.  However, many parents want care providers for their young ones who exceed the basics. In

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Friday Round Up

HAPPY Friday!!! We made it through this week…and we’ve lost some this week (music legend Prince comes to mind) It dawned on me to share the following blog posts and videos in a weekly round up.with you since they touched

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SUP and Childbirth

I didn't choose my board; like we don't choose our bodies.  We just gotta go with what we have.

Yep, I am making that comparison.  S.U.P or Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be like labor and childbirth. A few weeks ago I did it.  I joined one of my life mentors, Lisa Marie Jenkins and a group of about

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How Labor Starts: Contractions

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This week’s posts will be about How Labor Starts.  Inspired by a woman in the St. Pete Mommy and Me 2015 Babies Facebook group that I moderate.  She has been having some contractions for days, and asked the group if

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The Language of a Doula

As a doula, my role is to provide clients with physical and emotional support during labor and childbirth.  But how does a doula work with clients when they speak a different language?  The first time for me to do this

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Midwife vs. Doula

What is the difference between a Midwife and a Doula? Once a month, I teach a class called “I’m Pregnant, Now What?!”  In every class session one of my first questions to those in attendance is “What questions do you

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Epidural: My Opinion

My opinion on epidurals, their effect on labor, mom, and baby. We hear and read warnings about epidurals.  People often ask me my opinion.  So here it is: Epidurals can slow labor for a few different reasons… 1) When on

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2015 Birth Trends in the U.S.

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What trends are on the birth horizon for 2015? 1. Doula Agencies Since the original release of the docu-film “The Business of Being Born” women have begun to hire birth doulas to help them avoid the cattle herding mentality of the

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A Gratitude List??

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More often than not, when clients reach their estimated due date or are still pregnant after it, they ask “what can I do to get labor started?”  In addition to nipple stimulation and drink red raspberry leaf tea, my reply

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What Happens in Labor and Childbirth

Stages and Phases of Labor and Childbirth From Start to Finish

In an effort to help you stay informed and “in the know” when talking, or even listening to others talk, about labor and birth, here’s my breakdown of the stages and phases of labor and childbirth… First Stage: when the

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