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July 9, 2019

7 HELPFUL TOOLS TO “BE WHERE YOU ARE” IN LABOR... AND IN LIFE

1. BREATH


Support your parasympathetic system by bringing attention and/or direction to your breath. Do this any time you are aware of stress or tension in your mind or body. Here are a few examples:

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May 7, 2019

With Mother's Day approaching, and with the deep desire to honor mothers, we invited some of our past clients to share their stories of birthing. This week on the blog, we are excited to offer a beautiful series of birth stories and reflections.

As we introduce this ser...

March 1, 2019

Recommended ways to stay busy and productive while waiting on Baby to come

February 16, 2019

Have you heard of or attended a Mother Blessing or Blessingway ceremony? Kersti and I have had the honor of attending, and more recently of hosting, a Mother Blessing. These gatherings are loosely based on the Native American tradition of women gathering to bless the m...

August 16, 2017

“I want a doula to advocate for me in the hospital” is one of the first things most of our prospective clients say when we ask them why they want a doula. So how does a birth doula advocate?
 

Birth doulas offer physical, emotional and informational support. We think ad...

June 26, 2017

The South Bay Birth Services doula team just returned from a much needed vacation in Kihei, Maui. My favorite place in Maui might be in the ocean. I am a Pisces, but I don't like to be in cold water, so in Hawaii, I really, really love to spend a lot of time in the war...

May 25, 2017

With so much information available to new moms on the internet, you may find it overwhelming to sort through the abundance of articles, advice, and current recommendations. One reason why hiring a doula is so beneficial  during your pregnancy is because we have already...

April 28, 2017

This morning I didn't have any meetings and Kersti invited me to join her and 13-month-old Violet on a stroll to our local Peet's coffee. I mean, it was 50% off day, my college age son, Weston, wanted to tag in, too, so what's not to love about this outing right?

On o...

April 17, 2017

Last month, amidst a difficult season of loss in our family, our beautiful, little flower, Violet Rae, turned one year old. Like all milestones, it’s a special one, but the change from a newborn to a one year old is arguably the most significant of any single year. The...

April 10, 2017

If you’ve had a baby, are planning to have a baby, or think you might ever have a baby you’ve probably heard talk about the state of birth management in America, the high rate of cesareans, and the widespread routine use of medical interventions in labor and delivery,...

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