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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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 …