What you need to know about caring for your newborn and beyond as your baby grows. Everything from circumcision to diapering, infant sleep, and finding a good pediatrician.

Will my baby ever sleep through the night?

Will My Baby Ever Sleep through the Night?

By Christie Collbran | July 19, 2017

There is a lot to be said about babies sleeping through the night, various styles of parenting, sleep coaching and everybody has an opinion. It’s a good idea to learn about the science of sleep and what is developmentally normal for babies. Author Elizabeth Pantley has this to say on the subject here: “The medical…

Advice on baby diapers

Cloth Diapers or Disposables?

By Christie Collbran | July 14, 2017

Cloth diapers are back in style! And they are not your grandmother’s diapers. There are lots of different styles, sizes, brands, cute patterns and accessories to explore. Some families are totally dedicated to cloth diapering and others do a combination of both cloth and disposables. There are special wet bags to put your wet cloth…

Difference between Nanny, Babysitter, Baby Nurse, Postpartum Doula?

What is the Difference Between a Nanny, Baby Nurse, Babysitter, Postpartum Doula?

By Christie Collbran | July 10, 2017

What is the difference between a nanny, baby nurse, babysitter and a postpartum doula? Nanny: Usually hired to stay or live with a family for a long-term period of time to take care of babies or small children. Occasionally, a nanny will also help with household duties. Nannies work daytime and overnight shifts and stay…

Baby Registry Advice

The Best Baby Registry – Advice from a Postpartum Doula (updated June 2022)

By Christie Collbran | July 1, 2017

As postpartum doulas, we work with a LOT of new families… first time moms, first time dads and newborns. So it’s only natural that we get asked, a LOT, what our “must-haves” are for baby registries. Here it is! Yes, it’s a long list.  Please note, that this does not mean you need all of…

Where does your baby sleep

3 Different Ideas for Where Baby Sleeps

By Amy Lewis | June 22, 2017

As postpartum doulas, the first job we’re often helping new parents with is: where should my baby sleep? With the right equipment and precautions, the short answer is: anywhere you want. Each family scenario – each baby – is different, and flexibility and options are key to finding the best solutions. And by best, we…


Newborn Care: Why Delay Clamping Baby’s Umbilical Cord?

By Amy Lewis | December 6, 2016

Once your baby is born, at some point, his/her umbilical cord must be clamped and then separated from the placenta. Many families are now considering delaying when this clamping happens because of the benefits offered to the newborn. Approximately one-third of a baby’s total blood volume is in the placenta and/or umbilical cord at birth.…

Leah Remini on Why She Hired a Doula

By Christie Collbran | November 1, 2016

My husband, Mike Rinder, co-hosts the TV show Scientology The Aftermath with actress, comedian and best-selling author Leah Remini. She visited the Tampa area a few months ago. At dinner one evening, I was pleased to learn that Leah had the support of a postpartum doula after the birth of her daughter, Sophia, 12 years ago. She graciously…

a doula for twins

A Doula for Twins

By Christie Collbran | October 21, 2016

All new mothers need information, encouragement and support. How can a doula be especially helpful when you are having twins? 1. Your doula can help you find accurate information and determine what your preferences and wishes are.  Giving birth to twins presents possibilities that you may want to know more about, including: will they be…

Postpartum Doula

Interview With an Overnight Newborn Care Specialist

By Christie Collbran | August 18, 2016

Postpartum doula, Marisa Seegraves specializes in overnight newborn care. She has been taking care of families as a nanny and doula for more than 12 years. How do you help families get more sleep?   As a postpartum doula one of my main goals is to help families get more sleep. During an overnight shift I care for…

newborn medical procedures

Three Common Medical Newborn Procedures

By Amy Lewis | August 17, 2016

Part of our practice as doulas and childbirth educators is to discuss procedures that happen during or after birth. Three common ones involve your newborn baby.  They are erythromycin eye ointment, vitamin K injection and hepatitis B vaccine. Erythromycin eye ointment This is an antibiotic ointment that goes into your baby’s eyes right after birth,…

overnight newborn care

Overnight Newborn Care

By Christie Collbran | July 27, 2016

“Last night was amazing! I was able to let go and really fall into a deep sleep. I feel almost human again! My doula was amazing.” Erin Sharpe, Buddha Belly client. Did you know that Buddha Belly postpartum doulas can provide overnight newborn care in your house? It’s true! If you’re like most of our clients, sleep…

Father bonding with baby

Partners Are Parents, Too! 3 Ways to Promote Bonding with Newborns

By Amy Lewis | April 26, 2016

 It’s a pretty common idea that a “great way” for partners/fathers to bond with your new baby is to express milk and let him/her feed the baby. And while it is a fun activity, expressing before your milk supply is well established – by your baby – is not recommended. It’s best for your baby…