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A doula for every type of birth

A doula for every type of birth

I often hear from people who as questions like: Do doulas support births for people planning to use epidurals? Do doulas support cesarean births? Do doulas support people who are not planning on “natural” childbirth? Do doulas support people whether or not they are planning to breastfeed? Do doulas support people birthing at hospitals? Birth centers? Home births? The answer to all these questions is YES. Doulas do that! It’s a misconception that doulas only support people planning on unmedicated births (could…

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New moms: It gets better

New moms: It gets better

Sometimes when we’re in the thick of it with a tiny newborn who refuses to sleep, won’t let us sleep, or just won’t be consoled, it can feel like things will never change. Like the It Gets Better campaign for harassed LGBT youth to hear from those on the other side that there really is a light at the end of that tunnel, it can help new moms to connect with other women who have been there and see a vision…

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Is it getting easier to continue breastfeeding?

Is it getting easier to continue breastfeeding?

Recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control shows that Pennsylvania is behind the national average in terms of breastfeeding, but the numbers are increasing. According to the data, 71% of infants born in PA in 2012 were ever breastfed; 48.9% are still breastfed (whether exclusively or not) at 6 months (national averages were 81% and 52%, respectively). What’s interesting is that while there was a 4% increase in Pennsylvania infants who’d ever breastfed since 2000, there was a 12%…

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Now offering in-home course: newborn care and breastfeeding basics

Now offering in-home course: newborn care and breastfeeding basics

First baby on the way? First time planning to breastfeed? Want some new techniques for soothing and caring for baby? Want a private class where you can ask all your questions and learn in the comfort of your own home? Want a class that meets your busy schedule? This class is for you. In this two-session class, I come to your home and work with you and your partner on newborn care skills from breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding to newborn…

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Want your baby to grow up to be a great eater?

Want your baby to grow up to be a great eater?

Ever wonder why some kids will only eat grilled cheese and chicken nuggets while others will happily munch specialty foods from all over the world? Studies show that the foods a pregnant and nursing mother eats can broaden a child’s diet down the road. Eating a diverse diet while pregnant and breastfeeding may impact the foods your baby will like once he or she is eating solids. So get those future gastronomes off to a good start and let’s break…

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