Sophie’s Homebirth | St Augustine Birth Doula -Photographer

June was a BUSY birth month locally thanks to Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017. Kelly called me last minute and decided to hire me as her birth photographer AGAIN. This was the third birth I was her doula and photographer twice before. This time she chose a Homebirth …

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Virtual Doula Services I St Augustine Doula | Jacksonville Doula

I have been serving as ‘doula’ for the past 21 years to close friends and family in a virtual way. They would call and text me often during pregnancy , labor and postpartum asking my advice. Either  face to face and via phone, text and Skype. I have decided to now …

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Heaven Sent

  Time heals all wounds they say. But guess what ? It just is not true, Loosing a child is like losing a  piece of your heart, and you never get  it back. A part of you is always missing and you actually never completely move on from it. This …

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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 a Postpartum doula ?

What is a Postpartum Doula?   DONA International summarizes the role of a Postpartum doula as “…trained in postpartum  adjustment, newborn characteristics, care, feeding and development and the promotion of parent-infant bonding. They are experienced in supporting families through their postpartum  experience. Coming into the home during the fourth trimester following …

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Mood disorders during pregnancy can lead to postpartum depression

  A study has found that women who experienced mood disorders during pregnancy may be at risk for more severe postpartum depression (PPD) than those whose symptoms begin after birth. Also called postnatal depression, PPD is a type of clinical depression which can affect women after childbirth. ‘Clinicians should be aware of …

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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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Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation RESEARCH STUDIES SUPPORTING PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION Placentophagy protocol in management of postpartum care ‎”Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum …

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Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

Placentophagy protocol in management of postpartum care ‎”Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy …

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