Nursing a Sleepy Baby

My clients often ask me how they can keep their baby awake to nurse during the early newborn days. Here is what I tell them: Nurse your baby in just his/her diaper. When a baby is too warm and cozy and also against their nice, warm, nursing, parent, they are going to be sleepy. Nursing…

Philadelphia Doula Services

My Story: How Did I Get Here?

It was recommended to me that I tell my story of how I got to be a doula. I thought this was a great topic, since I am often asked this at interviews! So, here is my story! I was sitting on the beach with my great friend, Mary, one day. We try to get…

Belly Binding and Postpartum Sealing Ceremony

Service Highlight-Postpartum Sealing Ceremony

What the heck is a postpartum sealing ceremony? This is an ancient Malaysian ceremony, also known as The Closing of the Bones. The premise is that when a person is having a baby, their body has to be so open in order to bring the baby out into the world, and then when the birth…

Certified Lactation Counselor

Local Breastfeeding Support

Ah, breastfeeding! It can come so naturally to some new moms and their newborns, and for others, it can be a real challenge. The good news is that there is help for just about every issue you may have! I learned in my lactation course that there is only one newborn issue where the baby…

Pregnant in Philadelphia? Here are some of my favorite holistic practitioners

Since I have been supporting families as a doula for about nine years now, I have met some great professionals in the field that I would like to recommend. I am a strong believer in taking advantage of all the wonderful care the community of holistic practitioners here in Philadelphia has to offer you through…

evidenced base birth research

Discover Evidence Based Birth

I would like to write a review for one of my favorite websites for clients to access evidence-based research! That website is called Evidence Based Birth! I cannot tell you how many times I refer, or refer my clients to this website. This website was created by a nurse researcher, Rebecca Decker, after she had…

fast birth doula

What happens when the doula misses the birth?

I’m delighted to share with you this post from Romper.com on my doula experience with a wonderful family who experienced a very fast birth. Enjoy this story of what happens should I miss your birth as a doula simply because there was no possible way to get there on time! Click here to read the…

A Birth Story

One of my favorite stories that I like to tell is from the first time I was a backup doula for another doula who was away when her client went into labor. I had briefly met with the client and her husband for about a half hour, during their second prenatal meeting. So, needless to…

What is a Doula?

What is a doula?

What is a doula? Doula is an ancient Greek word for female who serves. There are two types of doulas. First I will talk about the birth doula. A birth doula is a woman who will help a laboring parent through the labor and the birth of their baby. Many doulas are certified by DONA…