Birth And Postpartum Blog

Balancing Career & Motherhood: An Interview with Katelyn of Mother Nurture!

June 11, 2018

Going back to work after having a new baby is challenging! How do you balance having a career you enjoy while being a mother to a baby you love?

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A Tribute to My Nipple Cream, and Its Top 10 Uses (Guest Post)

May 28, 2018

One local mom's hilarious (and heartfelt) tribue to her nipple cream, and the MANY creative uses she has found for it.

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The Pain of Labor Is Not What You Think

May 22, 2018

Is labor really the worst pain of your life? What does that really even mean? Here's why the pain of labor may not be what you expect.

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Your Cervix is Not a Crystal Ball

April 25, 2018

Have you ever wondered why all the obsession about your cervix in late pregnancy and during labor? What can the cervix really tell you about where you are, and what is going to happen next?

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Will Getting an Epidural Slow Down My Labor?

April 19, 2018

You have some questions about the epidural and how it might influence your labor? We have answers!

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Music Therapy for Birth & Babies with Music Therapy Services LLC

April 9, 2018

Have you ever heard about the benefits of music therapy for pregnancy, and for babies after birth? Bethany from Music Therapy Services LLC shares about all of the ways she supports new families through music in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Top 12 Postpartum Essentials

March 27, 2018

Postpartum doulas Jenn and Kate share their list of the top 12 postpartum healing essentials for new moms!

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Understanding Baby's Development in the First Year with ABC Pediatric Therapy

March 20, 2018

Your baby does a lot of growing in the first year of life! Do you know what to look for to make sure your baby is off to the best start possible? ABC Pediatric Therapy Networks' owner and physical therapist, Diane Crecelius, PT, shares some tips for understanding normal baby development in the first year of life.

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Birth Classes in Cincinnati & Dayton

February 19, 2018

Attending a birth class is a rite of passage for many pregnant parents, but how do you decide which class is right for you? With so many options in the Cincinnati and Dayton region, we break it down for you to help you decide which route to go to meet your individual needs.

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Top 9 Descriptions of What It's Like to Have a Doula

February 5, 2018

We love hearing clients put into words their experience of having a doula! If you have ever wondered what having a birth or postpartum doula would be like, check out these descriptions we have heard over the years.

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Don't Face the Journey Alone: Local Resources for Supporting Maternal Mental Health

January 29, 2018

When it comes to pregnancy or postpartum mood disorders, new parents don't have to struggle alone. There are many resources, both local to Cincinnati and Dayton, and across the US, to support those facing mental health illnesses during the childbearing years!

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Surviving Baby's First Holidays

December 21, 2017

Tis the season for: sleeping, eating, and laying low? Here are some of our tips for surviving and enjoying baby's first holiday season!

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Am I Making Enough? Common Concerns About Breastfeeding

December 11, 2017

If you are worried about how to tell if your newborn baby is getting enough milk while breastfeeding, we share the two most reliable signs that you are doing just fine! We also talk about some of the most common questions we get about breastfeeding in the early weeks.

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Understanding Your Bishop Score

December 4, 2017

If you are considering starting your labor by induction, your doctor or midwife might mention your Bishop Score to you. This score is a way for them to decide how ready your body is for labor, if it makes sense to try to start an induction now, and what medications they might use to start out.

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Beating Cabin Fever: Indoor Play for Older Siblings with a Newborn at Home

November 28, 2017

Worried about beating the winter blues with toddlers and preschoolers while you are pregnant or nursing a newborn? Here are our favorite indoor spots that feature enclosed play areas that allow older (but still little!) siblings to run off some steam while you can kick back and relax a little bit.

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Understanding the NICU

November 20, 2017

The NICU can seem like a mysterious place if you haven't been there before. Here is some information about the NICU in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month to help dispel some of the mystery, and help you figure out life with a preemie in the NICU.

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How Do Doulas & Midwives Work Together?

November 13, 2017

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a midwife and a doula, and if you could benefit from both on your team? Here we dispel some myths, and talk about the ways that midwives and doulas work together to provide your growing family with complete care.

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How To Baby Proof The Backyard: Guest Blog From Renoviso

November 6, 2017

Everyone thinks about baby proofing their house as their baby grows older, but have you thought about how to baby proof your backyard? Renoviso shares some tips to baby proofing, including a handy checklist!

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Resources for Stillbirth, Miscarriage, and Infant Loss

October 31, 2017

We want local families to know about the HEAL Program, and incredible service through Atrium Medical Center for all members of the community who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss.

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Local Spotlight: Babierge Baby Gear Rental

October 23, 2017

Lindsey is a local mom turned entrepreneur bringing the first Babierge franchise to the greater Cincinnati area! She rents out and even sets up high quality baby gear to people who need baby gear temporarily, whether it is because they are grandparents with grandkids in town for the week, they are here in Cincinnati on travel or vacation, and so much more!

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What to Include On Your Birth Plan

October 19, 2017

Trying to figure out what to include in your birth plan? We have narrowed down the topics you should consider, and help you figure out how to decide what to include and what you can skip.

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Did My Water Just Break?

October 16, 2017

Wondering how to tell if your water just broke? Here is what you need to know!

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Baby's First Books

October 9, 2017

Reading is one of the very first activities many young babies enjoy with their parents and caregivers, and also a great way to introduce them to language, colors, shapes and emotion! Books are one of the simplest yet most powerful tools to use to teach your little one about the world around them.

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Meet the Local Midwives

October 4, 2017

What exactly are the different types of midwives, and where do they practice? We give you some information about midwives, as well as share all of the local hospital based midwives assisting families here in the greater Dayton and Cincinnati area!

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Tips for New Twins Parents

October 2, 2017

Here are some tips for new parents of twins from an experienced Postpartum and Infant Care Doula and a mom of twins!

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Becoming Mom Spa: Pre-Conception Services Review

September 25, 2017

Two of our doulas enjoyed trying out some of the pre-conception and pregnancy spa services at Becoming Mom Spa, and can truly say that they offer some of the best pampering any mom could ask for in the Cincinnati and Dayton area!

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How to Baby Proof Your House

September 18, 2017

Is your little baby starting to get mobile? Time to start baby-proofing! Here are some things to consider.

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Local Spotlight: Fit4Mom Cincinnati

September 14, 2017

Today on the blog self-proclaimed #bossmom Colleen shares about her experience becoming a new (and single) mom in the NICU, and the motivation she found to change careers and become a fitness instructor with Fit4Mom. This amazing mom and entrepreneur is inspiring new moms to find their village, and become the best version of themselves as a postpartum fitness instructor!

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Questions to Ask Before an Induction

September 11, 2017

Is an induction on your radar? Here are the most common ways medical providers might suggest to induce labor, and what questions to ask to help you feel comfortable and informed about what is next!

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Local Resource Spotlight: Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound

September 7, 2017

Today on the blog we are interviewing Ally, the General Manager over at Becoming Mom Spa! Every new mom deserves to be pampered a little, and we love services they offer, from a preconception massage, couples massages, HDLive Ultrasound, facials, and so much more.

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Inductions Don't Have to Be the Worst: A Positive Cincinnati - Dayton Birth Story

September 4, 2017

Jessica shares her and compares her experiences having an all-natural Hypnobirth with her daughter, and later the birth of her son with Pitocin. Her story highlights that no matter how your birth story unfolds, it can still be a positive, empowering experience!

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Local Spotlight: Calming Intentions Teething Jewelry

August 28, 2017

Today on the blog we interview Amy, the owner of Calming Intentions! Amy's small, local business right here in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton region creates teething necklaces and more. In this interview she talks about what it's like to run a business as a mom to young kids!

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One Simple Way to Remember Your Baby Is In the Car

August 26, 2017

One of the worst nightmares of a loving parent is accidentally forgetting their baby is in the backseat of the car. Here is one simple thing you can start doing today to prevent a tragedy from occurring to you and your child.

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Waterbirth Options in Cincinnati & Dayton

August 21, 2017

Wondering about hydrotherapy, or the use of water during labor or birth? Here are some of your options in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton region!

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The Best Twins Resources for New Families

August 4, 2017

We have a round-up of some of our favorite resources for parents of twins (or more!) We include blogs, books, videos, and local resources to meet all of your needs, from sleep to feeding, and more.

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Plus Size & Breastfeeding

July 31, 2017

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we are helping to spread the word about a new line of apparel just for plus size nursing moms, plus sharing our top three tips for plus size breastfeeding!

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Sometimes Babies Suck {Pacifiers}!

July 24, 2017

Why do babies suck so much? Here is everything you need to know about your baby's desire to suck, and whether or not a pacifier is a good idea.

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12 Early Labor Snack Ideas

July 17, 2017

Here are some of our labor doula's best tips for staying hydrated and energized as you start labor!

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4 Basic Breastfeeding Holds

July 10, 2017

Here we demonstrate the 4 basic breastfeeding holds as you start out your breastfeeding relationship, and the benefits of each: laid back or reclined, cross-cradle hold, football hold, and cradle hold.

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Newborn Weight Check Options in Cincinnati & Dayton

July 3, 2017

If you want to know where to get a newborn weight check in Cincinnati or Dayton, or even rent a hospital grade scale, here is your guide.

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A Doula's Guide to Pregnancy

June 26, 2017

Feeling overwhelmed about everything you need to do before baby comes? Sometimes it helps to have an overview of what to expect in each month of pregnancy, as well as an idea of when to start doing things like choosing a pediatrician, taking a class, or packing your hospital bag!

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Standard Newborn Procedures at Birth

June 12, 2017

Wonder what newborn procedures you can expect during a hospital birth? We give a quick overview of the most common policies, and why they are done so that you can understand what to expect.

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Local Resource Spotlight: Hike It Baby

June 5, 2017

Having a new baby can really shake up your life! Hike It Baby is a great local resource for new parents, helping them to get out in nature with their new babies and children, and build those relationships and friendships that help you get through parenthood.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Pediatrician

May 29, 2017

Wondering how (and when!?) to choose a pediatrician? What questions to ask to know if you have found a good for your family? We share our tips to help make the process as smooth as it can be!

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50 Shades of Blue: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

May 22, 2017

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders are surprisingly common, yet there are still many myths surrounding them! We dispel a few of these myths, and also share some common symptoms to help families understand when a little extra help is needed.

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Sometimes the Best Choice In Birth Isn't Evidence Based

May 15, 2017

We all know that research and evidence are very helpful in guiding decision making during pregnancy and birth. But there is a dark side to relying solely on evidence to make decisions, and we want moms to know that there are more than just medical reasons to make the decisions they feel are best.

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Car Seat Safety: An Interview with a Car Seat Safety Tech

May 9, 2017

Angela, a Certified Car Seat Safety Tech, answers questions today about car seat safety. In this post you can find lots of resources and information to maximize safety for your newborn and older children in the car!

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5 Things To Do Before Your Planned Cesarean

May 8, 2017

Here are five things we recommend doing ahead of time if you will be giving birth by planned cesarean!

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Meet the Doula: Kacey on Self-Reflection & Becoming a Doula

May 1, 2017

Birth Doula Kacey Widmeyer shares a little bit about the self-reflection that brought her to finding her passion as a doula and breastfeeding counselor!

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Motherhood and Depression: A Cincinnati Parenting Story

May 1, 2017

Every mom you see has struggled with something, whether it’s feelings of inadequacy, mourning the loss of her child-free life, of full-on PPD. All you have to do is look. On the blog today, Jesika Roy, a mom here in Cincinnati, shares about her struggles with new motherhood, and her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her first son.

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The Baby Box: An Interview with Operation Peaceful Slumber

April 24, 2017

The famous Baby Boxes have made their way from Finland to Ohio recently, and we wanted to learn more! We talked to one of the non-profit organizations helping to distribute the boxes in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton region to find out what is in the boxes, and how the program works. We also learned about how she got started, the inspiration she found from her experience as a mother of twins, and how she responds to those who aren't on-board with the boxes!

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From Cradle to College: The Best Nanny Services in Greater Cincinnati

April 17, 2017

We are always sad to say goodbye to our current clients after out time ends with them, and we are always on the lookout for resources to take them through the next stage of parenting! We sat down with College Nannies + Tutors recently to learn more about their nanny, babysitter, and tutoring services for growing families, from cradle to college!

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Beautiful Babies Can Be Made In a Petri Dish: A Cincinnati Mom's Infertility Story

April 10, 2017

We learned that infertility isn’t synonymous with failure and doesn’t have to be surrounded by shame. Today we share the story of a Cincinnati couple facing infertility, and their journey through IUI, IVF, and ultimately, the birth of their long-awaited daughter.

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Recipe: Chicken Waldorf Salad

April 9, 2017

On the blog today is a great make-ahead recipe for Chicken Waldorf Salad, which can be served a variety of ways for a go-to and nutritious meal after baby. Special thanks to our partner Whole Foods for sponsoring this post with a gift card for all of the ingredients!

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Recipe: Overnight Slow-Cooked Oatmeal

April 9, 2017

We LOVE crockpot recipes for making life with a new baby a little bit easier! Check out our Slow Cooked Overnight Oatmeal recipe, sponsored by our partner, Whole Foods Cincinnati!

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Recipe: Czech Goulash

April 9, 2017

Soups and stews are an easy way to keep your family fed for days (and weeks!) after having a new baby. Simple to make ahead for later, we appreciate their simplicity. On the blog today is a recipe for Czech Goulash we made for a Postpartum and Infant Care Doula client recently, with ingredients sourced from the local Whole Foods!

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Who Is the Best OB in Cincinnati & Dayton?

April 3, 2017

Looking for the BEST OB (or midwife!) for your delivery in Cincinnati or Dayton? We have your answer!

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When the Unexpected Happens

March 27, 2017

When the unexpected happens, we are prepared to support families in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton region through the most impossible circumstance a parent could ever face: loss, whether it happens in the first trimester, or the first year of life.

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How to Rock a Natural Birth (With a Doula)!

March 25, 2017

So you want to go unmedicated for labor? Hire a professional doula! We support all types of birth, including unmedicated labors, and here are the many ways that we can support you through it!

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A Doula Can't Replace Your Epidural

March 24, 2017

You may be surprised to hear this from a doula, but I can't replace an epidural, and here's why!

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Cesarean Birth is Birth, and Every Birth Deserves Support

March 23, 2017

Every birth deserves support, including cesarean. At Tender Beginnings, we have experience and training in supporting all births, including planned or unplanned cesarean.

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World Doula Week 2017: Doulas Benefit Everyone

March 22, 2017

Sometimes, you just need the basics! In honor of World Doula Week this week, we break down the who, what, when, and where about doulas for new families wondering if a doula could benefit them.

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Will We Ever Sleep Again?

March 20, 2017

Sleep-deprivation for new parents is no joke, and nothing can quite prepare you for the reality of it. Our postpartum and infant care doulas can help you navigate those early weeks and months, when parenting is happening around-the-clock.

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Don't Forget the Partner

March 13, 2017

Planning for birth, the focus is often around the mother and the new baby. As doulas, we know that labor and birth are really just the beginning of parenting, a lifelong journey that affects both partners. For this reason, we encourage you to think about ways for both of you to communicate and plan for birth and the immediate postpartum, together!

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A Doula's Guide to Paced Bottle Feeding

March 6, 2017

Wondering what paced bottle feeding is, why it is beneficial, and what the steps are? In this guide our postpartum and infant care doulas share what paced bottle feeding is, and how to do it.

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5 Ingredient Power Muffins

March 4, 2017

On the blog today we are sharing a simple, versatile muffin recipe that you can prepare before baby arrives and have on-hand, or that only takes a few minutes to prepare fresh during the postpartum period. These muffins are not only easy to make, they are nutritious, energizing, and easy to eat one-handed while feeding the baby too!

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5 Tips for Flying with a Baby

February 27, 2017

Have a flight coming up with a baby in-tow? Here are our Postpartum and Infant Care Doula's five top tips for flying with a baby.

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Pitocin & Postpartum Depression

February 20, 2017

This month a new study was released that links Pitocin to postpartum depression and anxiety in the first year of baby's life. Here is what you need to know about Pitocin!

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When Birth Happens, FAST! A Cincinnati Birth Story

February 13, 2017

"It felt like my body was a freight train and my brain was just along for the ride!" Ever wonder what it feels like to have a fast labor and birth? One Cincinnati mom describes the surprise, fast delivery of her second baby, and all of the emotions that came along with it!

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Initiating Milk Supply & Breastfeeding In the NICU

February 6, 2017

If you have a premature baby, you might be wondering if you will be able to breastfeed. Our Postpartum and Infant Care Doulas share some tips for maximizing your chances of success, while acknowledging some of the guilt and pain that can come along when things don't go quite as perfectly as hoped.

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Wear Red for Women Day: Pregnancy & Heart Health

February 3, 2017

Today is National Wear Red for Women Day, a day to recognize and raise awareness about the impact of heart health on women. Did you know that there are factors related to your pregnancy that may increase your risk of heart disease later in life? The good news is, knowledge is power! There are things you can do, before, during, and after pregnancy to help minimize your risk factors for heart disease.

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The Hidden Phase of Labor Nobody Told You About

January 30, 2017

There is a phase of labor that no one is talking about, and it can be a lot of hard work! We are sharing this hidden phase of labor, what it might be like, and some strategies to cope so that you are prepared, whether your labor is a sprint, a marathon, or somewhere in-between.

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Flexible Feeding: How to Successfully Breast and Bottle Feed Your New Baby

January 23, 2017

Breast or bottle? For many families, this is not an all-or-nothing question! Here our postpartum and infant care doulas share some tips for balancing a little bit of both. Because we all know that when it comes to new babies, fed is best!

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Can Dehydration Cause Preterm Labor?

January 16, 2017

Ever wonder why everyone tells you to drink plenty of water while pregnant? Here we explain how dehydration can contribute to preterm labor, and what to do if you are concerned about it.

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Back to Work After Baby: How to Prepare with Confidence

January 9, 2017

Going back to work after having a new baby? We understand the range of emotions you may be feeling. Here are some ways that a postpartum doula can help you and your baby to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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What to Do About Back Labor: Tips from a Professional Doula

January 2, 2017

Top of the list of concerns for many women preparing for labor is what to about the pain of back labor if it happens! Here is some information about why back labor happens, and some comfort measures to cope.

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The Gifts My Doula Gave to Me

December 26, 2016

The holidays may be wrapping up, but the gifts a doula can give your family last all year round.

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Raising Infertility Awareness: An Interview with Parental Hope

December 23, 2016

In the United States today, 1 in 8 couples will experience some form of infertility, and nearly 12% of women will undergo some form of treatment for infertility in their lifetime. Parental Hope is a non-profit organization in the Cincinnati area dedicated to raising awareness about infertility, and bringing hope to those struggling from it by raising funds to offer grants to deserving couples for a full IVF cycle through Cincinnati's premier infertility clinic, the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH). Here, we learn more!

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Cheers to Parenthood! Guidelines for Breastfeeding & Drinking Alcohol

December 19, 2016

Have you been missing an occasional glass of wine or beer over dinner or on special occasions? We go over the latest information regarding alcohol intake and breastfeeding, and how to safely enjoy a drink every once in a while. Cheers!

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What to Pack In Your Hospital Birth Bag

December 13, 2016

One of your number one questions answered: what to pack in the hospital birth bag? We give you a printable list, as well as some packing advice from a professional doula to help make things a little easier when the big day arrives to meet your new baby!

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Red Flags In Pregnancy

December 6, 2016

As doulas, sometimes we get asked the questions, "Is this normal?" Our default answer for things that seem off is always, "Call your healthcare provider." It is their job to keep you and your baby healthy and safe during pregnancy, and it is never annoying to them to help you navigate those concerns! Here we give you a simple list of some of the biggest red flags women may encounter during pregnancy, and which warrant a trip straight to L&D, and which you should definitely put a call in to your OB or midwife's office.

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What Is the Role of a Birth Doula?

November 28, 2016

When I am asked what I do as a birth and labor doula, or what my role is during pregnancy or during a birth, I love to answer with a simple alliteration. As a doula, I focus on and provide: Comfort, Communication, and Continuous Care.

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Common Pregnancy Complaints: Part 4

November 14, 2016

This is the final part in our series on common pregnancy complaints, and our tips for dealing with them! Be sure to check out the first 3 blogs in the series for more ideas.

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Talking to Our Kids About the Hard Things

November 9, 2016

The election is over, but no matter which side we landed on, everyone is feeling the upheaval and tension of the last several months. As parents, the biggest question has been: how do I talk to my children about what is happening in our country? How do I talk to my children about the big, and important, and difficult things in life. Here are a few of our thoughts.

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Life After Baby: Communicating With Your Partner

November 7, 2016

Sometimes we get so busy planning for the birth and the newborn, we forget to prepare for the obvious: having a new baby is a major life change, and life changes often impact our closest relationships. Here are a few things we know about communication with your partner after you have a baby.

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Safe Sleep for Baby: Co-Sleeping & the AAP

November 4, 2016

Last week the AAP updated it's guidelines for safe infant sleep, and included some new and expanded updates about co-sleeping, bed-sharing, and room-sharing. Learn what the AAP has to say, and how you can work to create a safer sleep environment for your little one!

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The Value of a Labor Doula: An Interview with Erica Konya

October 31, 2016

On the blog today I share an interview with veteran doula, doula trainer. and CAPPA Faculty member Erica Konya based in Cincinnati. She shares her thoughts on the role that doulas play in pregnancy and birth, and the value that they bring as a member of the birthing team surrounding a woman.

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Why the Group Class Setting May Be Just As Important As What You Learn

October 24, 2016

There is a reason I am not just a certified doula, but a certified childbirth educator too, and why I work to bring classes and workshops to the greater Cincinnati and Dayton area for expecting couples. This is why.

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Safe Essential Oil Use in Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth: An Interview with Amber Duncan

October 17, 2016

Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Amber Duncan talks about the safety and effectiveness of essential oils, especially during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the early-postpartum period. She dispels some common myths about essential oils, and discusses why it is important to find a reputable source for information and before use.

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Common Pregnancy Complaints: Part 3

October 11, 2016

When pregnancy has you down, we have a few tips and tricks as your doulas to help you get through, and hopefully find a little bit of relief. Here is Part 3 of our 4 Part series on Common Pregnancy Complaints.

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How to Ask Questions & Effectively Communicate During Pregnancy: A Birth Doula's Guide

October 3, 2016

During pregnancy it is important for you to make sure that you have established a trusting relationship with your chosen care provider, and that you are ready for clear, smooth, and effective communication during your labor and birth experience. Here are some tips for asking questions and effectively navigating communication prenatally to help make sure that you and your chosen care provider are on the same page, and on track for a wonderful birth!

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The After Baby Lady: An Interview About Postpartum Doulas with Jill Reiter

September 26, 2016

Jill Reiter, a seasoned postpartum doula and CAPPA postpartum doula trainer, shares in-depth what a postpartum doula can do for families, and just how invaluable a postpartum doula's expert, unbiased support can be to parents navigating their new role.

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Common Pregnancy Complaints: Part 2

September 22, 2016

Part Two of our series on common pregnancy complaints and what to do about them to get a little bit of relief!

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Breastfeeding Culture, Womanhood, & Becoming an Entrepreneur: An Interview with Andrea Newberry of Leche Libre

September 16, 2016

Being a mother is the most powerful job in the world, and Andrew Newberry is out to inspire women to recognize that power, and celebrate it! She shares the story of her struggles and growth as a new mom, as a woman, and as a budding entrepreneur, starting a fashion line for breastfeeding mothers whose self-described purpose is to help women, "Look as powerful and confident as breastfeeding makes you feel."

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What It's REALLY Like to Have A Doula By Your Side

September 12, 2016

As doulas we like to use the word "support" often to describe what we do, but often you are left wondering what "support" really looks like with a doula on your team! Here I paint a picture of some scenarios that you might really benefit from having a doula on your team, and exactly what "support" might look like throughout not just your labor, but your pregnancy and early postpartum time too. As your doulas, we are there to fill in the cracks and be the net that catches you, no matter where your birth takes you.

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When Pregnancy Sucks (and Who Can Help You)

September 5, 2016

Pregnancy is full of joy and elation for a lot of women, but even in the best of circumstances, sometimes pregnancy also just sucks. As your doulas we can commiserate with you, and if you need a little extra TLC, we also know exactly who you can turn to in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Building Bridges in the Delivery Room

September 4, 2016

Here a few things I think an effective doula does to build bridges in the delivery room and beyond...

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Questions to Ask on the Hospital Tour: A Birth Doula's Guide

August 29, 2016

Wondering what questions to ask on your tour of the hospital during pregnancy? This doula's guide will give you an idea of questions you might ask, depending on your personal birth vision and preferences. As your doulas, we know a lot of this information already about the local hospitals in Cincinnati and Dayton, and can help you know your options, both during pregnancy and in the moment during your labor.

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5 Things We Know About How Doulas Support Partners During Labor

August 25, 2016

Doulas and partners are both vital parts of a great birth team, and each play different and specific roles. Guest bloggers and experienced doulas Amy Hammer & Andrea Stainbrook share 5 ways that a doula can help not just you, but your partner too through your labor and birth.

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Postpartum Self-Care Tips for New Moms: Part 2

August 18, 2016

Did you know that you can use a baby diaper and ice for mess-free cool relief on the perineum? Certified Labor Doula and Childbirth Educator Kate Rich demonstrates how to make this soothing compress and shares why it works in a quick video for new moms to use in the early days and weeks after birth.

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