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Not Everybody Needs or Wants a Doula

Not Everyone Wants or Needs Doula Support

Not everyone wants or needs doula support. And that’s okay. There, we said it. And it’s true. We do believe that every birthing person and new family needs unconditional support. What’s unconditional support? Presence: in the moment, validating your cares and concerns and affirming your experience. Insight: clearly understanding what you or your baby is…

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Induce Labor Naturally

Induce Labor Naturally?

Looking to get labor started? Are there any natural ways to induce labor? There is a LOT of misinformation out there (thanks a lot, Dr. Google!) about DIY ways to kick start childbirth. But do they actually work? Acupuncture? Little evidence that it induces labor, little evidence that it can cause harm. So, maybe? Red…

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Worth Their Weight in Gold – Christina, Tampa

If you are planning to have a natural birth, you need to hire these doulas. Bailey and Amy were my pair of doulas and Bailey was the one on call for my birth. This probably won’t be a short review so the TL:DR (too long/didn’t read) version is:  If you are planning to have a…

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Food and Drink in Labor

Food and Drink in Labor?

Food and drink in labor? Many people are surprised to find out that their birth facility or care provider restricts “oral intake” in labor after admission to the hospital. ACOG (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) says: “There is insufficient evidence to draw conclusions about the relationship between fasting times for clear liquids and…

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Camping in Ft. De Soto with Kids

Fort DeSoto Camping with Kids

Looking for tips on camping at Fort DeSoto with kids? Recently I took my kids on their very first camping trip ever to Fort DeSoto. It was also my first time camping as a parent! My 11 year-old son’s reaction when he heard we might be going camping was priceless and is what really made…

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We are so grateful for Buddha Belly – Renee, Lutz

We loved our experience with Buddha Belly! We hired them for their doula services and were paired up with Bailey & Amy. From the beginning they were both so comfortable to be around, answered any of our questions or concerns (and as a first time mom I had a lot 😉 ), and helped guide…

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Exceeded My Expectations – Denise, Tampa

We hired them for labor doula services, and they exceeded my expectations at every turn. The customer service- from first contact, welcome packet, follow up emails, to contract – was completely professional and responsive. I loved that we were assigned a pair of doulas from day 1. Throughout my pregnancy, they kept in touch and…

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About Breastfeeding

What Should I Know about Breastfeeding?

“What should I know about breastfeeding?” Of course, every woman is unique AND each breastfeeding journey is, too. It’s good to be cautious of advice that is applied like a cookie cutter to each and every person. But in this case, I feel confident that these three things will help every mother-baby breastfeeding pair.  …

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Dancing in Labor

Dancing in Labor and Delivery

Dancing in labor? Yes, this is wonderful if you feel so inclined. Let’s discuss why it works. In order for your baby to be born, she must descend and make several movements through the birth canal. Your position can greatly influence her progress during labor and delivery. Using gravity and changing positions frequently is helpful…

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Tampa Doula Support

Is Having a Doula Important?

Is having a doula important? Imagine you are planning to compete in an Olympic sport. Would you prepare, train, practice, compete and execute the sporting event all on your own? Or would you have a coach, trainer, nutritionist, medical staff and your family nearby to guide, encourage and take care of you as needed? Of…

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How Will I Cope in Labor

How Will I Cope with Labor?

How will I cope with labor? What are the options? Some mothers know exactly what they want and others would like to research and learn about their options. Here is a brief summary of some pain relief and coping strategies used in labor. 1. Unmedicated/Comfort Measures Laboring mothers that plan to go without medicine often…

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Chidlbirth: There Is No Right Way

Childbirth: There Is No Right Way

My mother was a hippie. She gave birth to all of her children at home with a home-visiting doctor. Her experience influenced my views of childbirth and how I wanted to birth my babies. Once I was pregnant I did everything I thought was right. I took a 12-week series of Bradley Method Natural Childbirth…

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