Where Memories Begin

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This is the start to your family (or a new version of it). It’s hormones, and ice cream, and pickles. Crying for joy and for complete and utter terror of what comes next. It’s picking out names and onesies. It’s telling friends and family. It’s seeing the unfettered love and support of those around you as you embark on this …

Love Wins!

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When I found out about the shooting yesterday at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, FL, I was horrified. Another tragedy where innocent people were slaughtered like animals. I was sad for the victims, their friends and families, and so angry at the person who did this. But the full weight of this attack did not sink in until I had …

Car Seat Safety

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Let’s break down some key points of car seat safety, right here – right now, quick and dirty. Choosing a car seat Choosing a car seat can be overwhelming; fun; necessary; and just tedious. But some things to remember are: What kind of car do you have? You will want to choose a seat that is easy to install in …

DIY Postpartum?

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When it comes to DIY home renovations, things can spiral out of control quicker than you hammer that nail into the wall. One minute you’re picking out the perfect color to go with that antique lamp you found 3 years ago, the next, you realize that the wall you wanted to knock down is load bearing and derails your magazine …

Changes to Labor and Delivery Unit at Riverside Regional Medical Center

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On Wednesday May 11, 2016, administration unveiled their brand new labor and delivery unit at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. It was a long-awaited event for the Peninsula birth community. Hampton Roads Doulas was proud to be personally invited as a company to attend this momentous occasion. We were honored to hear the Riverside administration speak about their …

Two Pink Lines

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You’ve just peed on the little plastic device that, within two minutes, is going to tell you (hopefully with two pink lines) your fate for the next 9 months…not to mention 18 years, and beyond. You peek at the test window as the urine begins its slow crawl up the paper. Then you look away. You don’t want to see …

Why Don’t I Feel Normal Postpartum?

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First of all, let me start by saying that it’s TOTALLY ok to wonder things like: “Why don’t I feel normal” or “Why am I sad?” or “When will I bond with my baby?”. Let me let you in on a secret…it is more common than people let on to feel less-than-thrilled after you bring home your new baby. As …

Doula Support During A Cesarean Birth

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We support birth. All births. Plain and simple. Many people ask, “what does doula support look like during a cesarean birth?” or “will my doula support my cesarean birth?” They may wonder because they had a cesarean with a previous baby and they need or want to have one again. Or maybe they would prefer things happening in a more controlled …

What I Learned From a Children’s Book

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I don’t think that people are usually surprised when you say you learned something from a book, but you may receive more questioning glances if you say you learned it from a book meant for kids. I, however, am proud to share with you what I learned from a children’s book. The book is Someday by Alison McGhee & Peter …

Diaper Need & Child Health | No Child Wet Behind

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In a recent study, it was found that “an adequate supply of diapers may prove a tangible way of reducing parenting stress, a critical factor influencing child health and development.” 1 in 3 American families struggle with being able to afford the appropriate amount of diapers for their baby. So between you, and the neighbors on either side of you, it is …