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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LGBTQ Pride

We share these thoughts, in honor of June, LGBT Pride month. We stand together with our friends while events and parades are held across the country. Why is this important? Why do we believe the LGBTQIA community should be celebrated and supported? The short answer is – because it doesn’t matter whom you love. People…

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Bailey Ryczek

Bailey Ryczek has recently joined the doula team at Buddha Belly! Bailey is a native Floridian and was born at Morton Plant Hospital in Dunedin. And her mother had the support of a birth doula! She herself became interested in becoming a doula as a profession after embarking on a journey to start a family…

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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

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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buddha belly birth happy

Welcome to Buddha Belly Birth! We are very excited to have finally given birth to this new brand for the business and are looking forward to what the future holds. Having been a doula and a birth advocate in the Tampa area for years (without a blog! just a website) I have many blog posts…

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buddha belly babies

You may be wondering how I came to give this name to my birth business. It might not be as generic as some names I could have chosen, but when something feels right sometimes you just gotta go with it! A brand is just an emblem that reflects who you are on the inside, and…

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