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Not Everyone Wants or Needs Doula Support

Not Everybody Needs or Wants a Doula

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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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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Childbirth: There Is No Right Way

right way to give birth

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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Aromatherapy in Labor

Aromatherapy in Labor

Recall a time in your past that you felt relaxed and comfortable. Was there a nice smell associated with this time? Maybe the smell of a particular flower that you enjoy? Aromatherapy is one tool that can be used for comfort in labor. Essential oils are extracted from plants, flowers and fruit and distilled. They…

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Birth Doula vs Postpartum Doula: Which One Do I Need Most?

Birth Doula vs Postpartum Doula: Which One Do I Need Most?

This might be a bit shocking to hear from the owner of a doula agency. After all, we hope you’ll hire us to create an heirloom belly cast for you, help you prepare for birth with one of our private classes, support you prenatally and at your baby’s birth as birth doulas, help you recover…

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Yes, Doulas Are for Cesareans, Too

doula support for c-sections

Some people have the idea that doulas are only helpful for women that want to have a natural, unmedicated or vaginal birth. Well, that just is not true! Doulas benefit everyone, including mothers that are having a cesarean – whether it is planned or not. “I had a great experience with the doulas of Buddha…

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Doulas Benefit Everyone

doulas benefit everyone

It’s World Doula Week! (March 22 – 28th) This year the theme for World Doula Week is “Doulas Benefit Everyone.” The doulas at Buddha Belly are proud and honored to do this work. So how is it that doulas benefit everyone? Mothers: This one is the most obvious. Doulas work for mothers. We support you with information, education, comfort measures, emotional…

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What Is It Like to Have an Epidural?

epidural

Many women in the U.S. choose to use medical pain management in labor and birth, and the most common option is an epidural. Sometimes it is referred to as epidural anesthesia or epidural analgesia. It is a regional medicine (versus local) – this means it only blocks pain in a specific part of your body.…

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Labor and Birth in the Water

water birth

We recently attended a Waterbirth Education and Certification Course taught by Barbara Harper, RN, Midwife, author and educator. We are happy to share some of the highlights and things we learned. Many birth locations now offer the use of warm water immersion in birth tubs as a comfort measure during labor, and some locations support…

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Another Reason Why Two Doulas are Better than One

Two Doulas Are Better Than One

Recently, one of our clients gave birth to her twin babies at 32 weeks. Her doula was by her side supporting her during labor, delivery and postpartum. She had a very positive experience. While many babies are born closer to their due dates, you most likely won’t know exactly when your baby will be born. As doulas,…

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