Why Should I Encapsulate My Placenta?

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Why should I have my placenta encapsulated? What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation? Why would I want to eat my placenta, period? These are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself after hearing more and more people talking about this whole placenta encapsulation thing. It may sound a bit odd to consider taking pills made from your …

Capturing Memories for Hampton Roads Families | Kimberlin Gray Photography Interview

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We are honored to have interviewed Amanda McGhee, owner of Kimberlin Gray Photography in Virginia Beach. Amanda is passionate about capturing the memories that mean so much to families in Hampton Roads. Her love for this work is evident in all that she does. Read more to learn about what her business is doing for families during the birth of their …

Questions to Ask a Doula

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So you’ve considered hiring a doula but are asking yourself what questions to ask a doula? The following are some suggestions of questions you can ask a doula when you meet with them. What’s Included? You’ll want to find out exactly what is included in their services. Each business has various packages.  Hampton Roads Doulas specifically offers five main services: …

Real Moments of Motherhood

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I see you at playgroup, looking at the other mothers, longing to connect, longing to have a conversation with another adult who might become a real friend. I see you, cursing silently to yourself, because you forgot one of the many important things on the list of kid essentials that you need before you can go somewhere. I see you …

Making Memories at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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So what does a doula do when they are off call, you ask? Well, thanks to our doula teams, I get to enjoy some family time each week while Lacey holds down our client-supporting fort! One of the things that my wife, Jessica, and I love to do with our kids is go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. We first took our …

Dear Santa, Love Baby.

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As a new parent, it’s easy to get bogged down in the seemingly endless sea of baby gear options. From the latest newborn fashion, to toys that help develop your baby’s motor skills, to the swankiest nursery décor, it can be downright overwhelming to know what it is that your new baby needs to thrive in the world. Lucky for …

How Do I Hire A Doula?

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You’ve read the birth stories that included one. Your best friend told you how awesome her doula was. Your care provider referred you. Or, you simply read some research that told you the benefits of doulas support. Now what? How do you hire a doula? The way to go about hiring a birth doula with Hampton Roads Doulas is quite …

I Don’t Want to Forget This Moment

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Over the past few days, I have tried to make a conscious effort to soak you in. I touch your face and remember the first time we met. Such a sweet bundle of joy, all swaddled and cozy by the first time I got to hold you. You hold my hand and I remember the early months when you would …

5 Confessions of a Mom with a Deployed Spouse

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As my husband’s deployment winds down to a much-anticipated end, I find myself reflecting on how much life has changed since he left. It’s no secret that coping with a deployed spouse is difficult, but you don’t truly appreciate how difficult it is until it is your reality. I admit that I spent the first few weeks kicking myself in …

Surviving the First Year Postpartum

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We are honored to have guest blogger, Katie Hughes, LCSW, talking about surviving the first year postpartum. Her expertise in supporting families during pregnancy & parenthood and personal experience in her own parenting journey helps us better understand how to navigate this time in a healthy way. My daughter’s first birthday party was as much a celebration of her life …