Virtual services offer a level of convenience, comfort, and accessibility you may not have considered. So how can a Virtual Doula help you through the early postpartum period? Let me count the ways…Read More
Just because breastfeeding is supposed to be natural or instinctual does not mean it is easy or pain-free, but it can be! And you can learn the useful techniques that will get you to pain-free, worry-free, EASY breastfeeding! The important question is not, “will I figure this out?” but instead, “who should I talk to for help?”Read More
Most babies seem to latch on to the breast instinctively, but not always correctly! A proper latch is often a learned skill! It’s really important to get help in the first few days to learn what a good latch should look like and feel like.Read More
Your hormones are entirely responsible for milk production in the beginning, but after the first week, milk supply is entirely a matter of supply and demand.Read More
It’s crazy because even with the amount of resources and information out there, parents still feel like they’re winging it! And I was the same way! I took a sleep class, I took a breastfeeding class, and I did all these things, but when you actually have the baby, it’s different! And so I feel like when I had her, I didn’t really know what to do. Nobody was telling me or helping me through this.Read More
The hardest thing about the earliest months of being a mom for me was how little my son slept. I felt like I never got a break, so the hands-on baby care was utterly relentless, and on top of that, he seemed to have absolutely no clue about the sleep milestones he was bypassing!Read More
…keep trying those baby sleep tips because it will sometimes make you feel better and maybe something will work, but maybe just face it: your baby is not a sleepy baby. You won’t see it for several more months, but you, as the mother, will take a lot longer to recover from all this sleeplessness than he will, so do what it takes to get more sleep today and get through this newborn stage in good health.Read More
This morning, my son's preschool teacher asked him what my job was, and I was really curious about his response! His teacher asked him, "What does your mom do at her job?" and my son replied, "She holds babies!" I was amazed! And he's not really wrong, either!Read More
A postpartum doula’s main objective is to take care of the new mother and help her as she cares for her newborn. So what does that entail? Well, there are 4 specific kinds of support I offer to new moms in my postpartum doula work.Read More
I knew I needed to take care of myself but my go-to self-care treats did not give me as much pay off as being able to maintain a few small daily habits.Read More
The bad news: that window was filthy! And WHY was it so filthy? I’m not exactly a clean-freak (I think…), but WHEN were these windows washed last? Good grief!
The good news: these e-cloths are like magic! My yellow (dry) e-cloth didn’t pick up any dirt in the drying and polishing stage so the window got super clean! With just water! And also my excellent muscles!Read More
As the year turns, we are just weeks away from the 3-year anniversary of our move from the Pacific Northwest to Japan!
Now, it's time to pack up and move home again!Read More
"I’ve seen parents and doulas change hospital practices by asking questions and being assertive."Read More
I love to research toys for each developmental stage.Read More