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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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Interested In Joining Our Team?

We are searching for new team members to join us at Buddha Belly in serving families of Tampa Bay. Doula began as a Greek word that means “a woman who serves.” The meaning has evolved to become a professional, trained and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period, who provides physical, emotional and informational support.  (And…

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Postpartum Doula

Meet Marisa Seegraves, Postpartum Doula

I’m so excited to introduce you to my dear friend Marisa Seegraves. We met a few years ago on the Pinellas trail while picking up our kids from Ozona Elementary school and a sweet friendship (and carpool pick up schedule) was born. Marisa admired my Baltic amber necklace which led to her buying four amber necklaces from me (one for herself and one…

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Baby Shower Event Tampa

Buddha Belly at The Mother of All Baby Showers, Tampa Bay!

We’re so thrilled to be attending The Mother of All Baby Showers on November 13 at Glazer Children’s Museum.  Our team of professional, caring doulas and artists will be at this fancy, schmancy, adult-only event talking all things Buddha Belly, including: Live mini belly casts!  Yes!  Our artists have a limited number of spaces available to cast pregnant bellies right…

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What Is A Postpartum Doula

A Postpartum Doula Is…..What?

​Many people are just learning what a doula is.  (A birth doula is professional, trained and experienced in childbirth, and offers physical, emotional and educational support to women in pregnancy and during labor and delivery.) A postpartum doula is… like your sister, but without all the opinions.   Our postpartum doulas are funny, nurturing, helpful…

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Childbirth Feelings Matter

Don’t Let Anybody Steal Your Thunder

Your feelings about your experiences in childbirth are your own. Whether it was good or bad, women should not be judged or shamed for feeling either satisfied or disappointed with the experience. Let me paint this picture: After experiencing an unsuccessful three-day long induction resulting in a cesarean followed by hemorrhaging and blood transfusions to…

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Why I Carry My Baby

Why I Carry My Baby

I love to carry my babies.  I also like to be comfortable and maneuverable.  For those reasons, and the ones below, I’m passionate about sharing the “babywearing” love.  And in honor of International Babywearing Week, I’m happy to share that passion with you. 1. Baby is close to you.   On your back, side or front.  You…

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What Do Contractions Feel Like?

What Does A Contraction Feel Like?

Will it hurt? Will I know I’m in “real” labor? How are labor contractions different from Braxton-Hicks contractions? You’re not the first one to ask these question.  Every first time mom asks and many repeat mothers do, too!  It’s very hard to imagine ahead of time what the physical sensation of a contraction feels like.…

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These Are Days You'll Remember

These Are Days You’ll Remember

Pregnancy. Our future. The hope of something magical and joyful. The near certainty of falling in love with the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen, your newborn baby. Despite the aches, pains, burps and stretch marks, pregnancy is a glorious time. I recall being so full of excitement, hope, love and joy with the growing child…

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Postpartum Doula Rebecca and her kids

Exactly what I needed to have the birth of my dreams – Rebecca, Tampa

I’m not sure how to put into words how valuable it was to have Christie as my doula. She was amazing every step of the way while I was planning my VBAC. Christie provided me with wonderful resources to help me prepare for the birth. She was always a positive voice even when things didn’t…

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Birth Story Healing

Birth Story Healing

Birth is a highly emotional experience. How we are treated and the joy or trauma that we go through can stay with us forever. Nearly every mother I’ve ever met, no matter what age, remembers and easily shares details of her experiences giving birth. Just as it takes time to heal physically it also takes time…

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Placenta Pills

Placenta Services Now at Buddha Belly!

In Placenta: the Forgotten Chakra, noted author, midwife and poet, Robin Lim, CPM, counts the benefits to a mother of consuming her placenta immediately after giving birth. “The placenta is so rich in nutrients that is believed to prevent postpartum depression when ingested.  It contains iron and all the minerals that a high-quality meat can…

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