Why do Doula’s Charge what they do ?

I love being a  Doula. I love attending births.    I love how it makes the mom feel.  I love making a difference in other peoples’lives.   Have you ever asked yourself, “why do doulas charge so much?” Aside from the cost of education, certification, books, workshops, continued education, and …

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Prenatals at the beach

  On the First Friday of each month Growing Families Birth Center and Midwifery Services offers prenatal appointments at the St Augustine Beach pier. While awaiting your appoint time Belly Luv Yoga offers prenatal yoga on the beach. What could be more relaxing and and amazing?! Please visit their website http://www.growingfamiliesbirthcenter.com/ or …

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Melatonin and labor

I heard about the study that reaffirms what other mammals have known instinctively for thousands of years… birth should happen in a dark, comfortable place. It also helps explain why most women go into labor in the middle of the night. And why so many labors slow down or stall in a …

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A Rainbow Pregnancy

  On Friday, February 26, I had the blessing and honor of being present (though hiding a lot till the end ) of following a dear friend around St Augustine on a family scavenger hunt. This was no ordinary scavenger hunt , it would end in with a very special rainbow baby …

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Nursing Beyond

I am sharing this  Story about my son. Whom turned   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 NICU , he …

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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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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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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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