My husband has played golf on and off for many years, but this past summer he had the opportunity to get out on the links quite a few times. I am definitely a beginner, never having actually been on a golf course, but I was able to join him on the driving range several times. … Continue reading Can’t My Golf Instructor Be My Doula?
The postpartum period can be an amazing time of bonding with your new baby. It can also be a very difficult transition. While the baby blues are very common, intense feelings that go beyond 2 weeks might mean a call to your health care provider is a good idea. Here are a few questions to … Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask During Postpartum
Usually lots of time and thought goes into planning for the birth of your baby. But usually not near as much thought goes into planning for the postpartum period. Instead, you may find yourself coming home from the hospital with a tiny human thinking, “What the heck?” Sometimes you can’t believe they let you take … Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Postpartum
It's the big day! Time to bring baby home! And time for your dog to meet your little one! What can you do to make the first introduction go smoothly? The most important thing to remember is to be calm. Dogs can sense when you or others are agitated or anxious and they react accordingly. … Continue reading Puppies and Babies – Part 3
What are some things you can do in the weeks leading up to bringing baby home that can make the introduction go more smoothly? It's important to remember that dogs handle change in different ways, some better than others. First, know your dog and how he responds to new people and situations. Then take some … Continue reading Puppies and Babies – Part 2
Our 4-legged babies are a part of the family. But as much as we may anthropomorphize them, we need to remember that they are animals. The friendliest dog can still be unpredictable in certain situations. I recently attended a workshop about introducing your baby to your dog given by Robin from Fydoland. She gave us … Continue reading Puppies and Babies – Part 1
This year's theme for World Doula Week is #doulasbenefiteveryone. World Doula Week's Facebook page posts a challenge for each day of the week, which celebrates doulas all over the world as they empower families during childbirth. One of the challenges is to tell a brief story about how being a doula has benefited me in … Continue reading World Doula Week
Is sleep really that important? In a word -- YES! Getting a good night's sleep has a lot more benefits than just feeling refreshed in the morning. Sleep allows your body to do some physical healing, maintains hormone levels, and boosts your immune system. Sleep plays a very important part in emotional well-being and improves … Continue reading Sleep? Hey I’d Like Some of That
Going on vacation is something that you look forward to all year. You decide on the time frame you want to be gone, you choose a place to go, you research hotels and book airfare, you find restaurants to eat at, and you plan excursions. All of these things are so that you can get … Continue reading Vacation? Staycation? – Babycation!
I recently came across a great article about attuning to your baby. It is an interesting look at the science behind how your baby communicates with you in the early weeks and months, and how you can learn to pay attention to her cues. You can read the post here. It's a good reminder that … Continue reading Attuning To Your Baby