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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Doula Support Tampa Bay

So often we hear, “Why do I need a doula?” or “What does a doula do?” I looked back at my last birth and found five of the most important things my doula, Christie*, did for me. This list will look different for everyone, but I think it gives some more perspective to the common…

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nitrous oxide for labor pains

Have you heard about this new option for pain relief in labor – nitrous oxide? Well, to be fair it’s technically not new. Nitrous oxide, a tasteless, odorless gas made up of 50% nitrous and 50% oxygen, has long been used in other countries like England, Canada, Australia and more. It was used in the…

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Two Doulas Are Better Than One

One of the distinctions of Buddha Belly is our commitment to offering premier, professional support to growing families in Tampa Bay. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our newest innovation: doula teams. How does it work? If you hire Buddha Belly to support you at your baby’s birth, you get two doulas! You’ll interview them as…

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Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy

We are happy to introduce Dr. Savy Ford of Blossom Chiropractic in St. Pete. She is our guest blogger for today’s post. Many of our clients have had positive results through chiropractic care from reduced discomfort in pregnancy to assistance with a slow to start or stalled labor. Let us know if you are looking for a recommendation for a chiropractor…

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Why We're Doulas

We’re not all mothers. We didn’t always think we wanted children. Maybe we want some, one day. Maybe we’d like one as soon as possible. Maybe we already have several. We’re not all home birthers. We’ve birthed in hospitals, birth centers AND at home, with pain medications, medical interventions and via cesarean. On a personal level,…

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Gentle Cesarean

More and more families are interested in what is called a ‘gentle cesarean’ or a ‘family centered cesarean.’ The purpose is to allow mothers and partners a more active role at the birth, create a peaceful and calm atmosphere and to emulate what happens during and after a vaginal birth. Let’s discuss the features that…

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Tour of labor and delivery ward at TGH

Yesterday evening we had a great meeting with Deb Esenwein, the Perinatal Outreach & Childbirth Education Coordinator of Tampa General Hospital (TGH), along with Paula, a baby nurse that also teaches childbirth classes. They also toured us around the entire labor and delivery ward and NICU. Establishing relationships and building bridges with our local hospitals…

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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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Choosing your hospital and doctor for childbirth

You will remember giving birth for the rest of your life. It is a sacred event that should be a loving and happy experience. There are many factors that will determine the outcome of your birth, including your health, genetics, any previous births, where you choose to give birth and who your care provider is.…

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