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Month: June 2015

The Life of a New Mom and How a Postpartum Doula Can Help

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It’s 2am on a Tuesday morning and you are haven’t slept in DAYS! You’re tired, sore from breastfeeding, still in pain from your delivery and baby is hungry. …. so you nurse or bottle feed him again , burp him, change him,  and slowly get him back to sleep……and repeat it all again in 2 hours (maybe 3 if you’re lucky ). Even though moms have been doing this for hundreds of years it doesn’t make it any easier. It doesn’t stop you from being tired (exhausted actually) and it doesn’t make the pain from your delivery go away either.  Moms need help and that’s where a postpartum doula, newborn care specialist, or baby nurse comes in.

A postpartum doula is a women experience in newborn care and postpartum care of new moms. We are a non-medical support system for moms! Postpartum doulas care for new moms, moms of twins and triplets, first time moms or seasoned moms. We assist in newborn care, support the mom with breastfeeding or bottle feeding, offer suggestions or answer questions about feedings, diapering, bathing infants  or just listen to her concerns or fears. New moms need someone to talk to, someone who will listen and offer non-judgmental support. Postpartum doulas, newborn care specialist and baby nurses love babies and new moms, and enjoy assisting families in their new role as mom and dad. Not all new families have help with their infant. If you don’t have relatives in town or friends that are available to assist you in the few days, weeks or months,  consider hiring a postpartum doula, newborn care specialist or baby nurse for your newborn’s needs.

If you are a new mom in the Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca or surrounding areas, please contact me for a free consultation. Hourly rates and overnight rates are available.

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11 Reasons You Need a Postpartum Doula in Coral Springs, Parkland and Boca Raton

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Hiring a Postpartum Doula after the birth of your newborn can help you in so many way! Here are 11 ways!

1. A postpartum doula can do an overnight shift and you can get a full night’s sleep.

2. A postpartum doula can allow you take a long hot shower while she tends to the newborn.

3. A postpartum doula can cook a light meal and allow you sit down and eat.

4. A postpartum doula can go to the store to pick up a few items or run a local errand for you.

5. A postpartum doula can answer the phone or door so you can rest or bond with your baby.

6.A postpartum doula can talk to you about your labor and delivery.

7. A postpartum doula can answer your questions about breastfeeding.

8. A postpartum doula can  watch the baby while you run an errand out of the house.

9. A postpartum doula can care for baby so you can take a nap or just rest for a minute or an hour.

10. A postpartum doula can make you smile or laugh when you have a “baby blues” days.

11.  A postpartum doula can mother YOU while you’re mothering your newborn.

If you’re a new mom in South Florida and looking postpartum doula or newborn care specialist contact me for a free consultation. Day time hours available, overnight and weekends available too. New moms in Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton, and surrounding areas deserve the support of a postpartum doula.

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Essential Oils During Pregnancy and Childbirth

 

coral springs doula essesntial oils in pregnancyI am new to the world of essential oils, but I am already a huge fan and supporter of the benefits in my daily life and my career as a childbirth and postpartum doula. As a childbirth and postpartum  doula, I have first hand seen the benefits to pregnant moms during pregnancy, childbirth and during postpartum period. I first learned about the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy for pregnant moms during my doula training workshops in Coral Springs, FL. I continued to learn more on my own by reading books and attending classes in Coral Springs, where I live and work.  I am not an expert by any means, so I always tell pregnant moms and new moms ” Before using essential oils, always consult your practitioner, and research varieties and usage specific to your stage of motherhood and always remember to use Only 100% pure essential oils.” During pregnancy, certain oils should be avoided, so taking a class to learn more during your pregnancy is important for a mom-to-be.

A prenatal massage with essential oils (by a licensed prenatal massage therapist ) during pregnancy is great for relaxation and is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and may also promote a positive mood and comfortable, relaxed muscles and joints.  During pregnancy, essential oils can be used to help with nausea and headaches. Aromatherapy and essential oils can also be used during labor too.  Aromatherapy can also be used by inhaling essential oils from a tissue, the pillow, an electric diffuser, mists or forehead compresses. During and following labor, inhaling 100% pure essential oils of rose or ylang ylang may inspire strength; grapefruit, sweet orange or peppermint may promote relaxation and focus; and mandarin, lemon or lavender may support a positive mood. There are local classes in Coral Springs and Surrounding areas. I have taken 2 classes for two different essential oils in Coral Springs and learned so much. I highly recommend books on the benefits of essential oils and pregnancy as well as taking a class. coral springs doula essesntial oils in pregnancy (2)

 

This blog was written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL.  She is also a mom of three boys, a wife, and loves to blog about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care and breastfeeding.  She has been living in South Florida for over 35 years and is active in the birthing community in and around Broward County.

 

 

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1,000 Thank You’s from a New Mom in Boca

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I recently did an overnight postpartum job for a new mom in Boca Raton who hadn’t been sleeping at all since her newborn son was born 3 weeks earlier.  She must have thanked me at least 1,000 times when I left in the morning. It was the first time in almost 21 days that she was able to sleep more than 2 hours at a time. She was introduced to the idea of hiring a postpartum doula to help with overnight care for her newborn from her labor doula. This Boca mom had never hired a postpartum doula or new born care specialist with her other children.  She said now that she has seen how amazing it is to get a full nights sleep and have some assistance overnight she says she can’t wait to do it again. On my way out the door in the morning,  this well rested mom of a newborn was so happy and thank me again and again and again. She was breastfeeding her son and pumped during the day so her baby could still get her breast milk in a bottle during the night. She never heard him cry, she didn’t have to leave her bed and she got 8 hours of sleep and felt completely rested and ready for the day. She plans on telling all her friends that have recently had babies that they should think about hiring a postpartum doula for newborn care. If she has another baby she will definitely be hiring a postpartum doula to help care for her newborn. It still surprises me that so many new mom have never heard of how beneficial a postpartum doula or newborn care specialist can be for them. Not only does it allow you to sleep, it allows you to have help with minor household chores running errands during the day. A new mom can run and take a shower or take a nap during the day if she has the help of a postpartum doula. If you are pregnant or recently had a newborn in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Parkland or surrounding areas in South Florida, set up a free consultation with a postpartum doula today. You will be thanking me a thousand times that you did.

 

This blog was written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL.  She is also a mom of three boys, a wife, and loves to blog about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care and breastfeeding.  She has been living in South Florida for over 35 years and is active in the birthing community in and around Broward County.

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Mothering the Mother- It’s what Postpartum Doulas Do!

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    What happens when dad goes back to work, grandma flies back home, friends have to tend to their own lives and neighbors stop coming around offering help? Unfortunately what happens alot of times is the new mom feels overwhelmed, tired, stressed and maybe starts to suffer from postpartum depression. A new mom has just gone through a huge life changing event (and a very physically painful one too)! Childbirth is no walk in the park and the recovery from a vaginal or cesarean birth can take weeks or months. Challenges with breastfeeding can last just as long. When you’ve got a tired, overwhelmed new mom who’s trying to breastfeed who has no help, chances are things will g st worse before they get better! New moms don’t have to suffer! New moms don’t have to do it alone! Dad’s don’t have to feel guilty going back to work and grandma’s don’t have to feel like “bad moms” for leaving their daughters. The role of a postpartum doula is to “mother the mother”. A doula can help mom adjust to her new role. We can give her a break to take a shower or take a nap. We can do run an errand or clean up the house. We can show her ways to care for her infant and make a smooth transition for the entire family.

    Making that call and hiring a postpartum doula, will give you the peace of mind of knowing you are not alone. You’ve got support, you’ve got help at night or during the day or even 24hrs a day. New moms can benefit from hiring a postpartum doula or newborn care specialist in many ways. Sleep deprivation is one of the top reasons for postpartum depression. Having a postpartum doula to assist with newborn care, allows new moms to take naps during the day or sleep through the night. A postpartum doula will handle the 2am feedings and diapers changes too, so mom and dad can rest. You’ll wake feel refreshed and ready to take on the day with the help of a postpartum doula. Postpartum doulas can work anywhere from a few hours a day to 12hrs a day or more! Postpartum doulas can help moms for as long as needed during the few months after childbirth. If you’re pregnant now and know you’ll be interested in a postpartum doula for your newborn, contact me today and schedule a free consultation. I am currently accepting clients in the Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton and surrounding areas in South Florida.

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