This week on KPCC(SoCal’s local NPR Station) they showcased a fascinating look into “The Birth of a New Career” by exploring the world of what it is to be a doula and what it means to the community we serve. It is amazing and inspiring to hear something so near and dear to us could potentially be a trend…if so, bring it on! Check out the link and audio: “The Birth of a New Career”
Thanks Dolores Salman for tipping us off to tune into the broadcast! Love ya!
Let me tell you about an amazing place right in the heart of Orange County– South Coast Midwifery. I was honored on Sunday to attend and doula the birth of a beautiful baby girl, born in the water, and delivered by her daddy. This birth was a humbling, invigorating and inspiring experience from beginning to end all because of the graceful wisdom and expertise of Lorri Walker, Certified Nurse Midwife, and an unprecedented staff, who allowed this mommy to give birth in a peaceful, supported and safe way. I cannot believe that growing up in Orange County I had no idea this type of birth experience was even possible. I, like so many mommies my age, thought that you get pregnant, find a doctor, and have a baby in a hospital– that was the order of things. In no way is this post to discourage hospital birth– they are necessary for so many women and are the perfect place for many to deliver– this post is intended to show you that there is another way to give birth. I have been interning at SCM for a few weeks and find myself continually impressed by their professionalism and expertise– I guess I thought that birth centers were for people who were not like me. I was wrong. And I wish I would have known about Lorri and her team 3+ years ago.
Here is a video called “Natural Born Babies” made by SCM to tell you a little bit more about what they do. I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for more posts as we learn more!
Natural Born Babies from daniel fairbanks on Vimeo.
Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Month?
We would love to recognize this amazing month by offering a complimentary 15 minute phone call for anyone that is expecting or any new mommies that might have a few breastfeeding questions. Please contact Michelle Roberts using the number on the Contact page to set up your call!
Here is a great pic of Becky’s husband, Norm, and his hand made “Got Tittie? Make it a Double!” onesie for their daughter, Charlee. Norm was quite proud of that onesie!
We are finding ourselves being asked more and more the beautiful question…”what is a doula?”…so we thought it appropriate to offer a bit of insight and guidance taken directly from the DONA (Doula’s of North America) website to define this funny sounding word:
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves”
and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides
continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before,
during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support
during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with
fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother
will remember all her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the
emotional needs of a woman in labor
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying
out her plans for birth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective
viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her
clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the
- Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Of course for some extra cuteness we had to throw in an adorable picture of a “Nourish” baby– Sam! He loves doula’s!
We are thrilled to announce two Breastfeeding 101 classes coming up this month in the Southland! The first will be in South Orange County (Lake Forest) on the 13th and is geared toward training doula’s about the ins and outs of breastfeeding and how to educate and support their clients through the process.
The second will be in Los Angeles (Culver City) on July 25th for a group of expectant mommies…we can’t wait to meet each of them, their partners, and babies (in utero, that is!).
This has been an exciting week for us getting the website “off the ground” and we look forward to blogging about all types of topics soon!
We’re in the early stages of getting our business and site off the ground, but we’re very excited to announce classes, counsel, and baby services in just a few weeks. Stay tuned!