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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …