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Breastmilk - Is My Baby Getting Enough

Three Breastfeeding Tips

We support women no matter how they choose to feed their babies. It’s interesting to note that about 80% of women initiate breastfeeding in the US. Although breastfeeding is natures way to feed a baby, it doesn’t always come naturally to every mother and baby pair. For those who wish to succeed at breastfeeding here are…

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Parenting Advice

The Problem With “Enjoy Them While They’re Little”

If you have children, you’ve surely received this bit of advice multiple times. It’s a favorite bon mot, offered usually from wiser, older, more experienced parents and grandparents. It has happened to me in a group on Facebook, a grocery store, a public building and sitting on a park bench; a well-meaning, grandmotherly-type woman observes me…

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Bailey Ryczek

Meet Bailey Ryczek – Tampa Bay Birth Doula

Bailey Ryczek has recently joined the doula team at Buddha Belly! Bailey is a native Floridian and was born at Morton Plant Hospital in Dunedin. And her mother had the support of a birth doula! She herself became interested in becoming a doula as a profession after embarking on a journey to start a family…

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How Does a Doula Aid in Labor

How Does a Doula Aid in Labor

We’re often asked about how a doula aids a laboring woman. How a doula supports a woman during birth depends on the individual woman, her needs and desires, additional supporters and birthing style.  No birth or woman is cookie-cutter and as such what we do for each woman may be different. For instance, the new mother-to-be may…

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Go With the Flow

A Failure to Plan…A Plan for Failure?

Have you ever heard this expression? Both my father and father-in-law were in the Army, so this is a saying that I have heard over and over again. And while it’s not completely true in birth, it is still very applicable. As doulas, we hear a similar sentiment a lot… “I’m just going to go…

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Placenta Encapsulation

Happy Pills, Happy Mom???

Before the baby comes, eight to 12 weeks away from work seems like an eternity, right?  Most pregnant professionals spend weeks preparing their teams, transitioning duties and creating process and procedure work flows.  Many plan to work until either their estimated due date or the baby is born. We dream about all we’ll do -or…

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Postpartum Depression and Doulas

I’m Not Depressed – Why Do I Need a Postpartum Doula?

Postpartum doulas are not postpartum depression doulas. Postpartum doulas support women after the birth of a child, with or without depression. From the Merriam-Websters online dictionary: postpartum: adjective | post·par·tum  \ˌpōs(t)-ˈpär-təm\ 1. Relating to or happening in the period of time following the birth of a child. It is true that women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) need…

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Tampa VBAC

The #1 Ingredient for VBAC Success

When considering a VBAC, (vaginal birth after cesarean) determining your best course of action depends on a variety of factors including your risk factors, health history and your personal preferences. Having a sincerely supportive care provider is the top priority for your best chance at VBAC success. So how do you find one? Let’s discuss your options and…

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Do Doulas Replace Partners

Do Doulas Replace Partners?

The answer is no, they do not. Partners are an extremely vital part of the birth team. Nobody knows you, your strengths, weaknesses, desires and the essences of what makes you unique as well as your partner. The connection and love between you and your partner is crucial during labor and birth. “A father’s [or…

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New Years Resolution

I Made a Resoluation

I am not going to shoulder the burden of mother guilt anymore.  You know this guilt: it’s an incessant mosquito whirring in your ear.  

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Breastfeeding, Skin to Skin

Breastfeeding, Getting a Good Start

Last week Marisa Seegraves (one of our postpartum doulas) and I spent five long days learning about lactation at The Lactation Counselor Training Course through The Healthy Children Project. It was eye-opening in so many ways even after having breastfed my own children for a combined total of more than 5 ½ years. On the last day of the training we took…

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Thins to do in Tampa Bay with a Newborn

20 Things To Do in Tampa Bay with a Newborn

Postpartum, babymoon, maternity leave… what do you call the period AFTER your baby is born? Even more importantly, what do you DO in this time?  As postpartum doulas, it’s our job and pleasure to pamper mothers after baby is born and we’re experts in this field.  That’s why we’ve compiled this list of how to…

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