Benefits and Risks of An Epidural

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The amount of options available to families during the labor and delivery process is phenomenal. Now, more than ever, you have the ability to really delve into how you hope to see this process unfolding and have access to various options when it comes to how you have your baby. Do I want an epidural? What are the benefits and …

What If I Don’t Have Enough Breast Milk?

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As you learn how to breastfeed, it can be difficult to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Between sleep deprivation and the bombardment of information during the early postpartum period, it is easy to have your confidence shaken as you navigate this new journey. Some common behaviors in babies and the ways in which your body functions can …

Burnout is Real

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You’re exhausted. You are exhausted to a point that your entire body is relying on muscle memory to make it through the day. You’re not even sure what day it is. You feel like you’re dream walking because the events of each day just blur together. You feel frustrated, annoyed, and stressed with just about everyone and everything, every. single. day. …

Breastmilk Isn’t Always Better

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I must preface this piece by saying that I’m writing this from the perspective of a professional doula.  As a doula, my job is to provide nonjudgmental support to the families that hire me. That means, helping them create goals, evaluate their options, and support them in the decisions they deem most appropriate for their family. Part of this job …

What Should I Put On My Baby Registry?

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“What should I put on my baby registry” is such a common question among expectant parents! And believe it or not, choosing items for a baby registry is often a difficult decision. Do you list every little thing in hopes that people get a lot? Do you only put the top items because most people like to buy what they …

10 Things I Realized While Staying Home With A Sick Baby

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Our tiny superman has been sick for the past three days with what we can, by now, assume, is “just a virus”. “Just a virus”??? Holy crap. “Just a virus” is a BITCH! Today was my day to spend at home with Finn. A whole day at home?!?!? I, like many delusional parents, who “get a day off” to stay home with a …

Packing Your Hospital Bag | Labor & Delivery

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Packing your hospital bag is such a fun and essential thing to do as an expectant parent. But it can also be confusing. Here are some simple suggestions of must-haves to make this task more manageable and practical for your hospital stay after having your new baby. For the birthing person: Sports bras – Some women prefer to labor in …

Eating Your Placenta

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“Eating my what?! That is disgusting!” This is often one of the thoughts that goes through someone’s mind when they first hear about placenta encapsulation. Eating your placenta is an ancient practice, but it’s definitely not something that makes the front page of the popular news, except maybe when Kourtney and Kim Kardashian did it. Placenta Encapsulation in Hampton Roads …

5 Breastfeeding Snacks

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Feeding yourself after birth always seems to be a feat of Herculean proportion. It is recommended that while nursing, one should consume approximately 500 extra calories per day. We at Hampton Roads Doulas think it’s important to be able to nourish yourself while you nourish your baby, so we have put together five easy breastfeeding snacks that are nutritious and delicious. Enjoy! …

The Hampton Roads Doulas Difference

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We’re proud to set a different standard when it come to the support you choose for your birth.  We know you want the best, and we’re proud to offer that. Team Work We hold ourselves to a higher standard than just having available back-up. Welcome to our doula teams! You will have a team of two doulas throughout your pregnancy to …