Personalized Pregnancy & Labor Support

Month: April 2016

Push Presents in South Florida

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Push Presents are a growing trend among expectant moms in South Florida.

If you are pregnant or know someone who’s pregnant in South Florida, you’ve probably heard the words “push present” before. A “push present” or “push gift” is a present you give to a new mom, in celebration of the new life she’s brought into the world. Unlike the gifts a new mom gets from a baby shower, a push present is a gift that’s all about her, and not her baby. A push present is generally given by the baby’s father and may be presented  before, during or after the delivery of the baby. This is definitely a very common trend among pregnant women in South Florida and all around the country.

As a doula in South Florida, I often hear my clients talk about what their push present will be.  Sometimes it’s something small and sentimental, other times it’s something huge. Not all of my doula clients have gotten a push present, but a fair share have.  This is currently quite a followed trend, so to all the dads out there: your wife may have high expectations from you. Here’s a list of some of the most popular Push Presents for moms-to-be in South Florida

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A glider or rocking chair is a popular push present for moms in South Florida

Top Popular Push Present Ideas for Moms-to-Be

1. Jewelry

2. Massage or Spa Gift Card

3. Diaper Bag

4. Glider or Rocking Chair

5. Car


When I had my children, we didn’t have “push presents” but times have changed in the decade since I delivered my last son and push presents are here to stay!


This blog written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth 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. Lisa attends hospital births throughout Broward County and Boca Raton. Call for a FREE consultation today! 954-914-3933

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What is a Doula? A 15 yr old boy’s perspective.

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Andrew with one of my doula babies in 2015

I didn’t know what a doula was until my mom started to take classes on it and take it really seriously.  She loves to tell me all about the doula babies that she has had and all of the clients that she has helped.  My mom also loves to teach me how doulas are beneficial for birth and why they are always useful. I know she gives her clients massages and keeps them calm during labor.  I know she buys her clients pregnancy books and coloring books and takes her clients to childbirth classes. She even goes to the doctor with her clients.

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Andrew and I playing Down the Canal, a childbirth board game.

Doulas know A LOT about birth! I’ve played a board game with my mom about birth but she is impossible to beat because she knows almost everything!  You can ask her anything about birth, babies, and postpartum and she knows it.  I helped her study for her doula certification and I learned a lot too.  I don’t know as much as her, but I probably know more than most kids do.

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Andrew and his baby cousin in 2014 in Plantation, FL.

At first I didn’t know if she would get many clients because I didn’t think it was very common to have a doula.  But now I see her have clients every month and she is always on call. My mom is constantly on Facebook and other social media sites helping moms. She is always texting and calling her clients and asking them how they feel and if they need anything. Sometimes she will have to leave at night because her client starts to go in labor really late.  She could stay at a birth anywhere from less than 3 hours or be there almost the whole day. Even though she might be there the whole day, she loves the experience and the job that she does. My mom loves being a doula and I’m glad that she loves being one. I love when my mom’s doula babies come to visit because they are all cute and funny.



This blog was written by Andrew Raynor, age 15. He resides in Coral Springs, FL with his parents and two brothers.  He enjoys video games, sports and loves spending time with friends. He is a freshman in high schools and hopes to be a computer engineer when he grows up.

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