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What is a Doula, and Why Do Pregnant Moms Want One?

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!

What is a Doula?

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 what many medical providers don’t – 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. Doulas are your best friend, someone you can trust who will partner with you and your family during one of the most important times of your lives.

What Can a Doula Do for Me?

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 will ensure you and baby receive proper nutrition, while offering 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. Helping you maintain your wishes for labor and birth, while keeping you and your baby safe are her highest priority. 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 caesarian delivery, 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 is written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth doula  and mom of 3 boys in Coral Springs, FL. Over the years, Lisa has work with many families, including first-time moms, VBAC, teen moms, high risk moms and moms working with fertility doctors. Lisa offers compassionate support to moms in Boca Raton, Parkland, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale and Surrounding areas. Lisa has attended births at every hospitals in Broward County and Boca Raton. Call today to schedule your complementary consultation 954-914-3933. 

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South Florida Hot Spots for Pregnant Moms

beach ft lauderdale south floridaDuring your pregnancy you’re definitely going to want to check out a lot of hot spots in South Florida. And speaking of hot… South Florida is very hot! It’s a good idea to check out some of the beaches in South Florida. Walk on the pier, go down by the sand and enjoy the warm water. I personally love Ft. Lauderdale Beach and Lauderdale by the Sea. Remember to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen, you don’t want to burn your baby bump with the intense South Florida sun!

belly love maternbity spa south florida coral springsAnother great idea to beat the heat is to stay indoors!!! And what better place to stay indoors than a day spa. I highly recommend checking out Belly Love Maternity Spa in the Coral Springs/ Margate area in South Florida. Get yourself pampered and feel relaxed in this one-of-a-kind Oasis for pregnant women. You can get a 3D ultrasound and a manicure and pedicure the same day. But definitely check out their prenatal massages because they are amazing. Stay for a facial and you’ll get that pregnancy glow all day long!

Once your Pampered and beautiful head over to dinner at one of my favorite places The Melting Pot in Coral Springs. It’s quiet and romantic and gives you and your partner a chance to talk quietly.  Talk about baby names, how you’ll decorate the baby nursery, discuss hiring a doula or a baby nurse or anything else you’d like.  After dinner is the best part… chocolate fondue! The dessert is my favorite part and will satisfy that pregnancy chocolate craving that most expectant moms have!

19525_629128523854051_2563871966277126230_nShopping is a huge part of pregnancy!!! Shopping for baby items, maternity clothes and nursery items are a necessity. My top pick for shopping for babies in South Florida are Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and Target for your baby registry. There are other locations to shop for pregnancy but these are the most popular in the area of South Florida. There are many locations from Boca Raton to Pembroke Pines and everything in between and you can always shop online if you are on bed rest or just feeling tired. Sawgrass Mall in Sunrise, Florida is  a great place to walk around and get exercise in the air conditioning and do some shopping as well. Make sure you stop frequently to rest and to stay hydrated.

Pregnancy is only 40 weeks so make sure you check out some of my favorites spots in South Florida before baby gets here.  Also, take a childbirth class, breastfeeding class, interview doulas and baby nurses and spending time with friends and family as much as you can. These 40 weeks will fly by and your baby will be here before you know it! Enjoy every minute!

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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!

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Being a Great Doula Sometimes Makes Me a Bad Mom

 

coral springs boysBeing a great doula makes me a bad mom, but only sometimes. And not a bad mom according to most people. I’ve missed basketball games, baseball practices, school events, parties, overslept and made my kids late for school, missed conferences, open houses and book fairs. I’ve been too tired to cook more times than I can count and not been home for multiple meals in one day. I have taken more midday naps than a toddler after I’ve attended a long birth, leaving the boys to do homework or study on their own. Does all of this make me a bad mom? My boys don’t think so, my husband doesn’t think so, but sometimes I think so.

south florida great doulaBeing a great doula doesn’t make me a bad mom ALL the time, in fact, most of the time I am a better mom.  I am able to spend MOST days home with my kids. I get to be with them most days in the summer and take them to school almost everyday and pick them up almost everyday too. My job isn’t a 40 hour week job. I am not gone 8-5, fighting South Florida traffic an hour each way like alot of parents do, but I might have a 20hr birth twice a week instead. I can almost always pack them a lunch for school, help them study for a test and take them fun places on weekends, like our amazing South Florida beaches. I am there for doctor visits, birthday parties, and most family events and holiday. I will always respond to an invite and say, “I’ll be there, unless I’m at a birth”, but most times I can actually go.  My phone will always be on, usually in my hand with the ringer to the max volume, but I am still there. I text alot, talk on the phone alot, email alot, but I’m next to my children watching a movie, or watching one of their games while I am doing these things. I am a multi-tasker, as any great doula should be.

coral springs  great doula great Being a great doula shows my boys that doing what you love can also be your career!  Being a great doula shows my children they should also pursue a career that they are passionate about and give it their all! You can love your job and look forward to going to work! I love my job, I love being a doula and being a mom! Yes there are sacrifices we all have to make, my kids included, as well as my husband, but it is all worth it. My children seeing me happy is important to me, just as it is important for me to see them happy.  I know I am a great doula and a great mom too.

 

 

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!

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My letter to Wendy Williams on Breastfeeding Shaming!  

Dear Wendy,

My name is Lisa Raynor, I am a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, Florida. I am also a mom of three amazing boys that I breastfed for several months each. I support a woman’s choice to feed their children in the most natural way possible. I support and encourage my clients to breastfeed whenever and WHEREVER they need to!

I never was a fan of your show and watched it ONLY because I am a HUGE fan of Alyssa Milano. I was excited to see her interview because she is such an advocate for mom, especially breastfeeding moms. She’s done much to normalize breastfeeding and I thought the show would be wonderful and empowering to women! I knew the topic of breastfeeding would be brought up. As a doula, it’s always a hot topic, it’s the best food for babies, everyone knows that! I loved nursing my boys and always encourage my clients to nurse.

The interview started off great, until you insulted her about breastfeeding her children, saying it makes you uncomfortable and should be done under a blanket or in the car!  You found nothing wrong with the picture of Miley Cyrus and everything wrong with Alyssa’s breastfeeding pictures because according to you breasts are sexual objects! Calling breasts “fun bags” was offensive and rude. Breasts are not a play toy and sexualizing breastfeeding is what makes people like you feel uncomfortable.  You really owe your guest an apology for the way you spoke to her and treated her and all the other breastfeeding moms. I am so glad she stuck up for herself and other nursing moms. When I was a young mom, I was shamed into breastfeeding in the car or in a bathroom and it was appalling to hear you suggest that to your guest Alyssa Milano!

If you ever decide to have her back on the show, I will buy a ticket and be in the front row!  I hope she brings the baby on stage and breastfeeds right there! I will also encourage my clients and breastfeeding friends to attend the show and nurse their babies in the studio audience. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I am still shocked and disappointed from you Wendy.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa Raynor~Childbirth and Postpartum Doula

www.coralspringsdoula.com

954-914-3933

P.S. I’m sure this picture I attached will offend you, so my advice is to look away or get over it. I say that in the nicest way possible!breastfeeding

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Doulas Don’t Get Holidays Off! I got a lot more than turkey on Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving-doula baby1058682_960_720Thanksgiving 2015 will be one that I will never forget! I got a call in the morning from a client who was 39 weeks pregnant, saying she was pretty sure she was in labor. She had been having contractions most of the night and felt that she needed to go to the hospital soon. I got ready and packed my doula bag with the things that I would need to support my client in labor and then I headed to the hospital in Boca Raton, about 30 minutes from my home in Coral Springs.

Upon arrival, I saw my client smiling and excited that she was going to meet her new baby. She chose not to find out the gender and I was excited to know if she would have another boy or another girl. Most of my clients chose to find out the gender prior to delivery, so this was my first “surprise doula baby” and I was sure it was another doula baby GIRL for me. I seem to have more doula baby girls, than doula baby boys!

The labor was progressing slowly, so we walk the halls for a while after being admitted. My client and her husband then decided that she would rather spend early labor at home and go back to the hospital when she felt like she was in active labor. I agreed that it was a great idea! Laboring at your own home can be alot more comfortable for moms, than being stuck in a bed at the hospital. Freedom to walk, eat drink, shower and sleep without interruption is great for early labor!

She labored at her home for a few more hours, while I had a quick Thanksgiving dinner with my family. She kept in touch with me through text and phone calls until she felt like she needed my support.   After some delicious turkey and stuffing, I joined her at her home and realized she was in active labor and it was definitely time to go to the hospital. I drove with her and her husband to the hospital and supported her during some intense contractions during the 30 minute drive from Coral Springs to Boca Raton. I called her midwife to let her know to meet us at the hospital and thankfully she was only 10 minutes away.

We arrived at the hospital right around 7:15pm and she was wheeled up to labor and delivery and told she was over eight centimeters. Minutes later her water broke and she felt the need to push. Her midwife walked in at that moment and she began pushing. I supported my client while she delivered her beautiful Baby BOY  at 7:37pm!  Only 22 mins after arriving at the hospital! No pain medicine, no epidural, no directed pushing, just mom and baby doing what they needed to do!

 

I was not upset about having to work on Thanksgiving at all! Being a doula means you don’t get holidays off! Babies come when they want, whether it’s on a Monday, a Saturday, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, someone’s birthday or your own birthday. I knew going into this career as a childbirth and postpartum doula that I might miss certain events with my family and that’s okay I understand.  It was an amazing experience. It was a Thanksgiving Day I will never forget!

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!

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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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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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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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A Father’s Gift to his Pregnant Daughter

 

I recently went out to dinner with friends, a couple who both work in healthcare.  She’s a registered nurse and he works at a local hospital.  As a previous labor and delivery nurse, she was excited to hear about my life as a doula and very excited to tell me about the gift her new husband gave to his pregnant daughter, her new stepdaughter this past Christmas.  This father was widowed when his two daughters were under 10 years old. He was both mom and dad to them for years.  When his oldest got married and moved out of state he knew she would knew be starting a family on her own one day soon.  Fast forward three years and this young pregnant first time mom was excited and scared about finding out she was having a baby.  Knowing she wouldn’t have her Mom to guide her during this time and be there in the delivery room, he gave her most amazing Christmas/Baby Shower gift….he hired a childbirth and postpartum doula for her!

When my friend was telling me the story I almost cried, the love this father had for his daughter is beautiful. He knew she would need someone to help guide her through her pregnancy, labor and delivery and he knew that it couldn’t be him. He had been dad and mom her whole life but he knew she needed someone more motherly to assist her during this time and his gift was welcomed with open arms! Her doula helped her with all her questions and talked to her about her dreams and fears. They wrote out a birth plan and followed it though. Her dad could have easily bought her a crib or car seat or new wardrobe for the baby, but instead gave her a beautiful gift that she will remember forever.  Want to give the gift of a doula to a loved one? Contact me today! I am currently accepting clients in the Coral Springs and surrounding areas.

 

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.

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Why you don’t want to hire a FREE doula!

To connect with other birthing professionals, I belong to many groups online. Some are specifically doula groups, some are breastfeeding groups, some are for South Florida birth workers only and others are for all around the world. Last night I saw a comment posted in one of the doula groups from a labor doula in another state. She was asking for advice from other birthing professionals about a situation she was in. She had been contacted several weeks earlier by an expectant mom and her partner to be their childbirth doula at a hospital birth.  They told her that they were looking for a doula that was a “student doula”, a “doula-in-training” or a doula that didn’t have a lot of experience that was not going to charge a fee like the other doulas in the area. They were really just looking for a FREE doula. They met up the following week and had a great consultation. The doula agreed to attend the birth at no charge (no contract was written).  The doula agreed to be on call starting at 38 weeks and met with the expectant couple at least one more time prior to the labor to talk about the birth plan.

At 41 weeks the doula gets the call that her client is in labor and will be heading over to the hospital soon.  Here’s where the story gets upsetting. The doula tells the dad-to-be on the phone that she is unable to attend the birth. She said she cannot afford to take the day off from work because she needs the money.  The couple asked if she had a back-up doula, which is a doula who will be able to attend the birth in the event of an emergency. The doula said no, but offered to try to find one. She began calling around and asking other doulas if they would be willing to do a free birth that was happening right now.  All of the doulas she knew in her area were unavailable or said they wouldn’t do it for free, especially without ANY notice at all. Long story short, the couple ended up delivering a healthy baby without a doula, but not by choice.

Being a childbirth and postpartum doula means being on call for up to a full month, starting when your client hits 38 weeks. It means giving up work that may come in during your booked weeks so you won’t miss her birth. It means leaving your family get-togethers or birthday parties or Christmas dinner if a client goes into labor.  Doulas who work other jobs have to take days off from work and lose that money when their client needs them. These are just some of the reasons a doula can’t be free and why you shouldn’t want her to be! I felt bad for the couple in the story, I hope their birth was still amazing and went according to their birth plan. I hope with their next pregnancy they will pay for a doula, sign a contract and arrange a back-up.  If you are in the pregnant and looking for a doula in the Coral Springs, Parkland, or Boca Raton area, contact me for a free consultation.

 

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.

 

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