On making money as a doula

Doulas and mamas, we need to do better. I found this compelling infographic over at SnapKnot.com which detailed the hidden costs and work wedding photographers do for each bride that hires them. The 20% taxes are based on a charge of $3200, which is entirely within line of what a wedding photographer charges, though probably high in our area.  Most websites tell budgeting brides to set aside 12%...
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Calendula and lavender: perfect for a relaxing, soothing, postpartum soak

I have been searching for a way to offer soothing relief to moms who may have had perineal trauma or soreness after giving birth.  Before now, I’ve made padsicles (which were met with mixed reviews) and peri-spray.  I came across a popular Aviva Romm article and decided to give herbal sachets a try instead. They don’t need to be kept refrigerated, so I can make up quite a lot ahead...
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Seventeen in….

I can’t believe it has been 20 months since I attended the first day at my doula training workshop.  I feel like I’m a different person since that day.  The earth tilted slightly as I listened to all the information my trainer was giving.  I recall she showed us the video “Laid-back Breastfeeding: The Mother-Baby Dance.”  I was overwhelmed with emotion.  I had such a...
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Having trouble getting enough milk while pumping?

Many working moms realize that when nursing their babies at home, their babies get enough milk.  But when at work pumping, they can’t seem to replace what their babies take by bottle at home. Try these tips: 1. Check your pump parts. Be sure they are working properly. An IBCLC may be able to test your pump to be sure the motor and pumping strength are still optimal. 2. Make your...
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What are the critical things to have at home postpartum?

A client asked me today what I recommended to ease her recovery and adjust to life with a new baby.  I came up with this list and thought I would share it here, too: Padsicles (recipe here) Postpartum herbal remedies (check with your caregiver) Peri bottle (they will give you one at the hospital, or you can use a toilet sprayer/bidet) Hydrogel Breast pads . There are a lot of brands out there,...
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A better memory: increasing satisfaction with your birth experience

“Researchers have gathered data on women’s satisfaction with their birth experience. They have looked at factors such as: c-section vs vaginal birth, the use of pain medications, water birth, length of labor, and perception of pain.  Interestingly, the number one most significant factor in satisfaction with birth is authentic participation in decision-making. Feeling truly informed, with...
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