Honoring Your Postpartum Body

Honoring Your Postpartum Body

By Buddha Belly Doulas | April 2, 2019

We recently met with Brooke Tompkins of BirthFit South Tampa and learned all about their great programs. We asked Brooke to write a post for our readers regarding postpartum recovery and we are happy to share this with you now. – Christie  You hear it all the time. “Get your pre-baby body back”… “Lose your…

Postpartum Doula Help in the Hospital

Doula Help in the Hospital

By Amy Lewis | October 17, 2018

One of the different ways that families can use postpartum doula support from Buddha Belly is while still in the hospital, before discharge. Here are a couple of scenarios where we have provided help in the hospital as postpartum doulas. After a cesarean birth. Recovering from this major surgery can be very difficult, especially when caring…

Postpartum Doula support

I Wish I Had a Postpartum Doula When…

By Christie Collbran | January 19, 2018

Postpartum doulas can help new parents in a number of ways. Their job includes being an assistant, a friend, a consultant, a confidante and so much more. Parents need support during this major transition in their life when a new little human is relying on them for everything day and night. We asked a few…

Chiropractic care during the postpartum phase

Chiropractic Care Postpartum

By Buddha Belly Doulas | December 4, 2017

Our guest blogger for today’s post is Dr. Shannon Whitlock of Happy Healthy Spine in St. Petersburg. In addition to receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy, many families continue with chiropractic care even after birth. Dr. Whitlock provides great insight into the benefits below. Let us know if you are looking for a recommendation for a…

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

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

By Amy Lewis | October 23, 2017

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

What is a postpartum doula?

What is a Postpartum Doula?

By Christie Collbran | September 21, 2017

The idea of having a labor doula support you during labor and birth is growing in popularity. But what is a postpartum doula? What does a postpartum doula do? A postpartum doula is a trained professional support person that can assist you after your baby is born. Her duties may include: providing newborn care expertise,…

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…

Getting Back in Shape After Baby

Getting Back in Shape After Baby

By Christie Collbran | June 6, 2017

Doing your best to do any form of exercise that elevates your heart rate for 20 mins a day is a great way to start getting back in shape after baby. The same goes for maintaining good health at any time of life. But there are two kinds of people. Those who love to exercise…

varicose veins postpartum

Varicose Veins Postpartum

By Buddha Belly Doulas | November 11, 2016

For more info check out the first two blog posts in this series here: Varicose Veins in Pregnancy Comfort Measures for Varicose Veins Will your varicose veins will go away after having the baby and if so, how soon? In my experience, there is not one straightforward answer. After my first baby, yes, completely gone,…

recovery tips for the new mother

Recovery Tips For the New Mother

By Amy Lewis | November 7, 2016

A few recovery ideas for the new mother from Moms and doulas that have been there: 1. Plan to rest for at least a month or more. You just had a baby. THIS is the biggest physical task you will probably ever achieve. REST! Get in bed and stay there for as long as you…

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…

postpartum truths

Six Naked Truths About Postpartum

By Christie Collbran | October 27, 2016

1. You might still look pregnant. Some of us revel in the beauty and adorableness of being pregnant. Others can’t wait for this phase to end so we can get back to feeling a bit more normal. However, by and large, immediately after giving birth you will still look pregnant, with the exception of those…