Live, Love, Latch! 2015 St Augustine|Jacksonville Doula

Live, Love, Latch! is a National Breastfeeding Month (August 1-31) celebration presented by La Leche League USA and hosted by LLL Groups throughout the country. This is the second year for this annual event. Live Love Latch! is an event to celebrate breastfeeding and to highlight breastfeeding support. Everyone is …

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The many uses of the Rebozo

The rebozo, a tightly woven traditional Mexican shawl, is one of the few tools I have in my doula bag and I have had special training. It can also be used in pregnancy for when mom has round ligament pain, previous scar tissue pain and just any discomfort of pregnancy. …

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Live, Love, Latch! Jacksonville and St Augustine

  Last year (2014) I participated at the Live Love Latch! Jacksonville.  Live Love Latch! Is a National Breastfeeding Month celebration presented by La Leche League USA and hosted by LLL Groups thoughout the country. Check out the Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/LiveLoveLatchJacksonville?fref=ts I also organized and was photographer for the Live …

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The Swaddling Debate

Every now and then on Facebook a debate gets heated. Well on a group I am on some moms are talking about swaddling their newborn babies. Here is a wonderful link that a very experienced IBCLC and author of many breastfeeding books goes into detail about why swaddling is NOT a …

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A Preemie Birth Story

  I am sharing this Premature Birth Story of my son. Whom will be 6 years old on May 5, So hard to believe it has been 6 years since this happened. I know now through sharing many moms have learned from my experience. I successfully breastfed him in the …

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The homebirth of Cassandra

In the wee hours of the morning of March 16 I got the call from Leah that she thought she was in early labor. Being a birth doula also, I got up and prepared to head to her home. Because she was a fast laboring momma with her previous babies.  …

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Repeat Doula Client (a testimonial)

  Today I am sharing a testimonial from a sweet client that I was blessed to be doula for TWICE. First was I served as a  back up doula for. I had never met her. I arrived at her home and she was in active labor in her tub. We …

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Doulaing my children

  I originally shared this post on my personal blog tonight and decided to share a similar version here. I called it Nurturing during injuries. But found myself during the incident talking to my daughter like I was at a birth. But do I call it doulaing or nurturing? We …

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Birth Practices and Microbiomes in our babies

  This past week I listened to a online keynote speech led by Penny Simkin during the Gold Midwifery Conference . It is available here http://www.goldmidwifery.com/keynote-recording This the abstract from Penny Simkin that briefly explains microbiomes. This is the PDF from her keynote please read it: http://www.goldmidwifery.com/pdf/handouts/2015/PennySimkin.pdf if is in the future taken down …

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Mothering at the breast during a nursing strike

  I have trusted my instincts since our first child, now four, was born. So when Ansely, our 17-month-old, went on a nursing strike, I knew something was wrong. There seemed to be no way she could be weaning. Since birth, Ansely has lived in the sling and nursed on …

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