Strengthen your Pelvic Floor

“Squat 300 times a day, you’re going to give birth quickly.” – Ina May Gaskin That quote by Ina May Gaskin sounds daunting does’nt it? But seriously it is true. When I read that quote years ago I was like OH that must be why I have such fast easy …

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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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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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What is Group B Strep?

    Back in 1996 when I was pregnant with my second child I was tested for Group B Strep , (the test was not common with the first in 1992) I tested “positive” for Group B Strep. I quickly began to research my alternatives. I am a fast laborer …

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Delayed Clamping and Cord Blood Banking: A Parent’s Guide

How you can delay umbilical cord clamping and bank your baby’s cord blood  Americord Registry, a leader in the advancement of umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and placenta tissue banking, today announced continued support for parents that elect to delay cord clamping and bank cord blood. According to Americord there is little impact on the …

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Thank you for an AMAZING 2014

Thank you to each and every one of you for allowing me to be YOUR doula .  I am so blessed to be able to witness each child be born and you all become mothers and fathers. Over on my photography website I have created a slide show of the …

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Labor Patterns

Is Assessing strength and patterns of contractions useful? In many  birth settings   people   often ask ‘how strong are her contractions?’ or ‘is she having effective contractions? While it may be possible to find out how often contractions are coming, and how long they are lasting – I dispute …

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What is Optimal Fetal Positioning?

What is Optimal Fetal Positioning? OFP is a phrase coined by Jean Sutton for the goal of her childbirth preparation through maternal positioning: the left occiput anterior fetal position. OFP directs pregnant women to spend most of their time with the abdomen lower than the spine (forward) and the knees lower than the …

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Birth Options in North East Florida

There are many birth options in our area, we have several wonderful CPM’s in North East Florida under my resource page www.gracefulbeginningsdoulaservices.com/resources/ I list all our amazing midwives if you should choose a homebirth or a birth center birth. The original local birth center, Fruitful Vine, Jacksonville and St. Augustine have expanded to …

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