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! …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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 …

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 …

Family Friendly Activities in Hampton Roads

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Looking for some family friendly activities in Hampton Roads? We’ve gathered a comprehensive list of places to go and things to do in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, and Williamsburg that are fun for the whole family! What are your favorite family friendly activities in the Coastal Virginia region? We’d love to add it to our list! Comment below! Norfolk …