Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
What is a doula?? A good doula is a valuable addition to your birth team. HERE and HERE are some posts from our archives if you want to do a little more reading. Be sure to check out all the wonderful doulas we have interviewed by clicking on the "Meet the Doula" category on the left side of the blog as well. Next week is World Doula Week. To kick off the festivities, the Arizona Birth Network is hosting a Doula Date Night. Here is some information they have shared about their event:
I had the pleasure of meeting Sara at MommyCon Phoenix last year (April 2013). Since then, we have reconnected in on-line forums and kept in touch. I am thrilled to be able to feature her as June's Doula of the Month.
About Sara: I'm passionate about supporting women in their birth choices and through labor and delivery. I am a birth activist, lactivist, essential oil lover, garden growing, crafter, and stilleto-wearing granola-momma lover of all things holistic and naturaopathic.
Sue Marquis, PCD(DONA) is new to the area, having just moved from Michigan to Arizona
in the last month. Welcome to the heat, Sue!! Thank you to our
friends atModern Mommy
for helping us make the connection!When was
the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
had probably heard the word previously but did not know what it was until my
son told me that my first grandchild would be delivered at a birthing
center with the assistance of a doula.How
did you decide that becoming a postpartum doula was part of your journey?
Our featured doula this month is Laura Correia, CD(DONA). Laura and I met through the Rights for Homebirth movement. It is a pleasure to bring you her interview - this is a woman who knows her calling. I found that her passion about birth and supporting families speaks through the page and to my heart. Enjoy getting to know Laura!
About Laura: I am a DONA certified birth
doula in the greater north and west Phoenix metro area, including Scottsdale,
Paradise Valley, Anthem, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Avondale, Litchfield Park,
Tolleson, and Goodyear.
Here is a neat business I would like to introduce you to – baby concierge is an emerging industry that is of particular interest to our students and readers. Stephanie Antoinette is the Founder & M.O.M. (Master of Multitasking) at J’aime la vie by Victoria Antoinette Mommy & Bébé Concierge. She is like a wedding planner, except for all things mom and bébé!
BIO: I am the mother of two beautiful
girls and have a baby on the way! My husband Andrew is an incredible father, he
is my best friend and number one fan!
This month I would like to introduce you to one of my Bradley Method® colleagues, Zabrina Pell. She is a wonderful instructor, and as you will read, a doula and a lactation educator. I hope you will enjoy getting to know her through her interview.
About Zabrina: My husband and I are
blessed to have had five beautiful children. My first child was born in
2001 having had no childbirth classes or training at all. Although
it was an uncomplicated natural birth for the most part, it felt very
there are no guarantees that the kind or amount of preparation you do will lead
to a vaginal birth, there are things you can do to increase your opportunity to
have the vaginal birth you want for your baby.
If I could write a blueprint for having a vaginal birth, I would follow the
Five-Point Plan outlined in our Bradley Method® classes. Here are five things you can do
throughout your pregnancy to decrease your chance of a cesarean when you go
into labor:1. Exercise
Have you ever heard of a person signing up for a race on the day of the event
with no prior running experience?
so pleased to introduce our students and readers to Kimberly Flake in this
month’sMeet The Doulafeature. Kimberly
has been a doula for a few of our students, all of whom have had great
experiences with her. I wanted to
feature her in April, Cesarean Awareness Month, since she, herself, is a VBAC
mama, and she specializes in VBAC support.
When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
The first time I heard the word doula was when I
read about it just weeks before I sat in a class to become one.
I am so excited to announce a monitrice service for couples that want
to have a natural birth outcome in a hospital setting. Jennifer Hoeprich, LM, is now extending her
skill set to families who want to stay home as long as possible before heading
to a hospital for their birth.
What is a monitrice?
A monitrice is a professional, medically trained, labor support person, who
provides clinical monitoring within the home environment, including cervical
dilation exams, auscultation of fetal heart tones, and monitoring of general
well-being of mother and baby, during labor.
Today is a continuation of my birth story from earlier this
week. You can read Part 1here
Thresh's Birth Story
Out of the tub & resting in bed
There is a lot that
happened right after Thresh made his entrance into the outside world: getting
into bed, skin to skin between Thresh and his daddy, cutting the cord,
delivering the placenta, eating Greek yogurt with almonds, diapering Thresh,
being made a smoothie with a piece of my placenta, trying to breastfeed, my
midwives and doula cleaning up and later on being stitched up; but instead of
detailing the events I want to reflect more on how I felt that night and beyond
about my son’s birth.