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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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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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5 Unique Gifts That a New Mom Would LOVE!

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 1. Lunch or dinner – New moms are tired and need to eat, so bringing a new mom a meal would be a great gift for the entire family. Make sure to find out if the new mom or anyone in the family has food allergies.

2. House cleaning- Hire a cleaning person to come either right before baby comes home or right after. Mom will be so busy with the new baby that she will love to skip laundry, dishes and floors and just enjoy her infant.

3. Newborn photos – Who doesn’t love pictures of their baby? A newborn photo session is a great gift for a new mom.

4. Maternity photos -Capture those last few weeks of the pregnancy glow with a maternity photo session and treasure the memories for a lifetime.

5. A doula – Studies show that the presence of a doula during childbirth can decrease the need for pain medication such as epidurals, lessen chance for a C-section and increases success in breastfeeding, as well as many other benefits. If you are interesting in gifting a doula to a friend of family member in Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton or surrounding areas in South Florida, please contact me for a free consultation.


Coral Spring DoulaThis 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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Breastfeeding Guilt And What You Can Do About It!


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Ever feel breastfeeding guilt as a mom? Maybe it’s because you aren’t breastfeeding your newborn son or daughter anymore? Or maybe you have to supplement because your milk supply is low? Maybe you are exclusively pumping because breastfeeding was too painful? Whatever the case may be, breastfeeding guilt is real! Unfortunately other moms, friends, and family  can make it worse. Have you ever heard a mom say “I have three kids and I breastfed all of them for 12 months”? That comment might make a new mom feel inadequate and really guilty.  That may not be the intent,  but it surely does insult a mom who is struggling to breastfeed or stopped breastfeeding all together.  Moms need to support each other and not make new moms feel guilty for what they are doing or not doing with their child.

My advice for moms that are feeling guilty for one reason or another is to talk to someone they trust. Talk to your partner, your friend, your doula, a lactation consultant, or doctor. Sometimes there are things that can be done to help you feel less guilty, like ways to increase milk supply,  or pump more effectively. Doulas and lactation consultants can offer advice on positions to make breastfeeding easier and less painful. Getting your newborn son or daughter to latch on correctly can make all the difference. A new mom who wants to breastfeed, but have sore nipples because their baby isn’t latching on correctly, can benefits from taking a breastfeeding class, pumping class or setting up an appointment with an IBCLC ( internationally board certified lactation consultant) in their city.

Breastfeeding moms are constantly getting unwanted advice from others. Trust me when I say that they are tired of hearing other say “you’re baby is hungry, just give him a bottle” or “there’s no way you’re producing enough, you need to supplement with formula”. These words add to the guilt that a new mom might have.  Another piece of advice is that breastfeeding moms shouldn’t feel like they have to take advice from everyone that is offering it.  It is probably best to NOT take the advice from someone who has never breastfed or someone that gave up after 3 weeks. You should take advice from a trusted friend or family member who breastfed their child for several  months or more, or see a lactation consultant. Your doula can usually recommend one in your area. Just know that you are doing the best you can do! And find support from positive people and professionals who truly want to help you succeed with breastfeeding your child!

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


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.

Lisa Raynor -Childbirth and Postpartum Doula

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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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Take Your Child to Work Day— Doula Style!

My kids begged me to let them stay home and participate in the famous “Take Your Child to Work Day” that happens every April. This is my first year celebrating this “holiday” as a Doula. I thought to myself, “What are they going to do all day?” The kids offered many suggestions such as going with me to my postpartum appointment, helping me write by blogs for my website and post articles on my Facebook page. All of these were great suggestions and I decided to take them up on their offer to be my “doula assistants” for the day!

I suddenly realized all of the benefits to have my 3 “doula assistants” with me. The extra set of hands came in handy when I was loading up my car to visit a new mom in the morning. I offered to do her grocery shopping and having the strong boys there to carry in the bags was great. Thankfully this new mom lived in Coral Springs and it was only a 5 minute drive for me and the boys. Once we arrived at her home, the boys were able to see that being a postpartum doula included helping a new mom in any way she needs in the days, weeks and even months after becoming a new mom. This client was 6 weeks postpartum and still recovering from a c-section. Going to the grocery store is one of her biggest obstacles, so I offered to pick up the items she needed and bring them along on my visit.

After unloading the groceries, the boys watched me ask this new amazing mom about how she’s been feeling, how the baby’s been eating and if there is anything she needs me to help with. She was still having issues with baby burping after feeding. She was not able to breastfeed because of a previous breast surgery and has been bottle feeding since day one. I helped her with some positions that are best to get a good burp from the baby and even she even let my oldest son burp him once. The boys and I stayed about an hour and this new mom enjoyed the assistance that the boys and I provided.

After coming home, the boys helped me find some interesting articles to post on my Facebook business page.  Then they listened attentively when I talked to another new mom offering breastfeeding advice and support over the phone. I think they got a little a “grossed out” when they heard certain words but they never left my side during the call. All and all, it was a good day for all of us. I think they now have a better understand of what a postpartum doula actually does.  Postpartum doulas offer advice to new moms. Postpartum doulas assist in breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Postpartum doulas run errands so a new mom can concentrate on her recovery and bond with her newborn. Postpartum doulas can do light cooking for the family so a new mom can rest and recover. Postpartum doulas answer non-medical questions about newborn care, postpartum depression or recovery from a c-section or a vaginal delivery.  Last, but not least, postpartum doulas can just listen and let a new moms know that she’s not alone! Postpartum doulas help a new mom in any way they need!


If you are a new mom in Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton, Tamarac, Margate, Plantation, Sunrise or surrounding areas and need some assistance with newborn care, breastfeeding or recovering from your birth, give me a call today to discuss your postpartum needs.

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