Personalized Pregnancy & Labor Support

Month: September 2016

A Letter To Moms Wanting a VBAC

Dear moms wanting a VBAC,

One of the first reasons I wanted Lisa at my sons birth was her laid back personality and calming voice. I immediately knew she would be a great fit for my family. You can feel her passion and love in everything she does. I had concerns going into my second birth because I was attempting a VBAC. Lisa had great advice on books to read, exercises to do, proper hydration, mental preparation, birth plan, and laboring at home. She encouraged me to attend Birthing from within classes to be better prepared to a natural birth and join the ICAN Facebook group so I could hear more successful VBAC stories.
She checked on me daily and always returned my calls and texts promptly.
During labor, Lisa comforted me physically, mentally and, emotionally. She assisted me by giving me techniques to use to ease discomfort and also to get ready to active labor, she was a great presence in the delivery room and helped both myself and my husband through the entire process.  Lisa is an amazing person and awesome at what she does.”

Fabiola M.

Successful VBAC mom (Boca Raton, FL)

 

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This letter was written by my VBAC client, Fabiola in Boca Raton, FL. She hired me to be her doula when she was around 20 weeks. I helped her achieve a sucessful VBAC at Boca Regional Hopsital in Boca Raton, Florida. She had a VBAC supportive provider and a very supportive husband, which added to her chances of having a successful VBAC. A VBAC is a vaginal birth after cesarean (also called c-section).  As a doula, I support women who have had a prior c-section and now want a VBAC. If you are pregnant and looking for a doula for your VBAC for your birth, please contact me for a free consultation.  Accepting client in Broward County and Boca Raton.

 

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What is a Doula?

Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful, confusing, exciting, and sometimes scary moments of a women’s life. From morning sickness, to crazy cravings (who says apple sauce on pizza is wrong?), to feeling those first flickering movements of life within you – pregnancy is an incredible experience. If you’re like many to-be moms, you probably spend countless hours online trying to learn as much as you can about pregnancy, babies, and motherhood. So, why not take a few minutes to learn about a great service that pregnant moms have relied on for decades: doulas!

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The world “doula” is a Greek word that means “women’s servant.” Doulas are non-medical professionals who assist mothers before, during, and after birth. They offer expectant mothers necessary support throughout early motherhood including:

Educational support. Doulas are very knowledgeable about pregnancy, various birthing methods, and mother-baby care. They will help guide you according to your personal wishes about pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, so you can have a memorable experience that is perfect for you and your baby.
Emotional support. Motherhood can be difficult. Though doulas do not provide medical care, they offer compassionate emotional support. She will walk with you on your unique journey while offering support each step of the way, so you can fully enjoy every moment.
Physical support. Doulas are labor-coaches at their finest. Whether you want to go natural, or prefer some other method of labor and delivery, a doula will ensure you are as comfortable and prepared as possible.
Doulas are highly-trained and experienced in prenatal care, labor and delivery, and post-partum care. But that’s not all. Your doula is someone you can trust who will partner with you and your family during one of the most important times of your lives.
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Doulas fill many roles within the educational, emotional, and physical support they offer. Here are some of the benefits of having a doula during each phase of early motherhood:
Prenatal care. Your doula offers you support as you adjust to the emotional and physical changes within you. Whether you need a late-night friend to talk to, or advice on creating an ideal birth plan that suits your values and environment, your doula is your go-to support system and advocate.
Labor and delivery. As mentioned above, doulas are remarkable birthing coaches. She will help keep you comfortable, focused, and encouraged when you feel you can’t go any longer. Your doula will also offer massage, guide you to appropriate laboring positions, help you through relaxation techniques, and offer support for your partner and family.
Post-partum care. After delivery, your doula offers support for you and baby including breastfeeding guidance and encouraging a strong bond between mother and baby. If you have a c-section, your doula will offer additional support during your recovery.
Whether you’re planning your first pregnancy, or are expecting your second, third, or even fourth child, each pregnancy is unique and deserves individualized care. A doula will help make your pregnancy and birth as memorable and joyous as possible.

 

This blog 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. Lisa attends births throughout Broward County and Boca Raton. Call for a FREE consultation today! 954-914-3933

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In Labor ON Labor Day!

Me with my mom and 4 sisters on Ft. Lauderdale beach Labor Day 1984

Me with my mom and 4 sisters on Ft. Lauderdale beach.

The year was 1990, I was 12 years old, almost 13, and my mom was one week past her due date with her 6th child.  The day started out like any other Labor Day, but would turn out to be the most memorable Labor Day in my young life. My 4 sisters and I were off from school and my dad was off from work. My mom woke up with contractions and started timing them, but this was something she’d been doing now for weeks. I would often rub her feet, bring her water and help her time contractions during this pregnancy and this day was nothing different. She always tells me I was her doula and helped her so much during her pregnancy.

Eventually the contractions got closer together, got stronger and started lasting longer. My very passive mom was starting to show signs of being in active labor. Her and my dad called up our neighbor to babysit the 5 big sisters, as my parents started heading to the hospital (Broward General in Ft Lauderdale, about a 30 minute drive from the city of North Lauderdale where we lived).

We patiently waited and waited and waited and talked about how funny it was that our mom was IN labor on Labor Day.  We wondered if our mom would have another girl, the 6th girl in our family, or if she would finally have a boy (a prince to be spoiled by his 5 older sisters who would turn into 5 tiny mothers).  Finally at 2:14am on September 1, 1990 we got the call we’d been waited all day and all night for………. IT’S A BOY!!!!!!! We have a baby brother!!!!! We all screamed with JOY,  we had such excitement for ourselves and our parents…finally a boy after 5 girls!!!!!!!

My family in 1990

My family in 1990

My mom’s labor was 20 hours and ended in an emergency c-section, my brother was her biggest baby ever at 8lbs 14 oz. I remember visiting him in the hospital and instantly falling in love with this cute little boy.  We all still talk about mom’s Labor Day labor, and now as a doula, I look forward to one day having a client go into labor on Labor Day. It hasn’t happened yet, but one day it might and memories like the ones I have, will be made.

 

 

This blog 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. Lisa attends births throughout Broward County and Boca Raton. Call for a FREE consultation today! 954-914-3933

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