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Posts by Christie Collbran

Teaching Labor Support Workshops Across Florida

FPQC training

Christie and Amy, Buddha Belly owners, have been participating in an exciting project and we wanted to share what it is all about.  In 2017 Christie was invited to as a doula consultant and trainer, to join a special project with the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, (FPQC), housed within the University of South Florida. Just…

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Newborn Care: The Circumcision Decision


To circumcise your newborn baby or not is a serious decision for parents to make. There is a lot of controversy regarding circumcision and it can be a challenge to find unbiased information. Here are some quick facts and helpful resources to assist in your research and decision making regarding this procedure: 

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How A Peanut Ball is Used in Labor

Photo by Dear Little One Photography There are many important benefits to changing positions regularly in labor. We often suggest that women in labor change positions every 30 mins to an hour. When you are laboring with an epidural you are limited in the number of different positions you can try because you are mostly…

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When Should I Start Pumping Breastmilk?

When Should I Start Pumping Breast Milk?

Unless you need to be separated from your baby early on or circumstances require you to start pumping immediately (such as having a preemie in the NICU), it is recommended to wait about 4-6 weeks before you begin pumping. During these first few weeks your body is acclimating to the needs of your baby. When…

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Group Childbirth Classes

Group Childbirth Class

We are excited to announce that we will now be offering group Childbirth Classes! Our classes prepare you to have a smooth pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. You will learn about the process of labor, birth and routine medical procedures. Our goal is to answer all of your questions and help you feel confident and…

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Three Babies – Pregnancy Infant Loss Awareness Month

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

I’ve loved this song, Three Babies, by Sinéad O’Connor since I was a teenager. I know every word to the entire album if I’m being honest. In addition to her beautiful voice, the emotion in this song is unbelievably raw and captivating. Each person may find different meaning in the lyrics. Since October is Pregnancy…

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Fort DeSoto Camping with Kids

Camping in Ft. De Soto 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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Dancing in Labor and Delivery

Dancing in Labor

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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Is Having a Doula Important?

Tampa Doula Support

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 with Labor?

How Will I Cope in 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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