Help for the Thiel Family

Most of my posts are about birth. Today I am sharing the most heartbreaking  unimaginable news about one of my  friends.  I was her doula and photographer and was SO blessed to witness his birth and his older brother, Owen’s birth. I have no words. I am so sad and heartbroken …

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Welcome Bryson

I am so beyond happy to be sharing this very special birth story with you. I am so blessed and honored to have been alongside them. On Friday, July 1 at 10:27 pm Bryson Kenneth was born very quickly after giving his momma several days of off and on surges. …

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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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What is a Subchorionic Hematoma ?

What is a Subchorionic Hematoma? “A subchorionic hemorrhage, also known as a subchorionic hematoma or simply SCH, is created when blood gathers in the space between the placenta and uterus. The technical term is chorion, but many doctors will simply call it a blood clot. These clots can be serious …

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Welcome Lukas | Jacksonville Birth Photographer | St Augustine Birth Photographer

Welcome Lukas Elliot! You were born at home in the water on August 26th, 2015 at 7:13 PM. you weighed 8 pounds and 4 oz  and were 20 inches in length. Your mommy was such a warrior during the over 24 hours of off and on contractions. But when your …

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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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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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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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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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