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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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Read This IVF Story Before You Make An April Fool’s Pregnancy Joke!

 IVF doula pregnancy parkland                                 Each Month – An Infertility/IVF Story

As a little girl, all I dreamed about was being a mom. As an adult, I never thought I would struggle with infertility.

Each month when I would get my period it was a reminder that I was failing at something that I wanted so badly.

Each month was a reminder that things weren’t happening the way I planned.

Each month was a disappointment.

Each month I wasted money on pregnancy tests and never saw a positive result.

Each month my husband tried to console me as I cried myself to sleep.

Each month I pretended to be happy when my friends announced their pregnancies and delivered their babies.

Each month I wished I was in their shoes but was in denial that there was a problem.

Each April 1st, people would make April Fool’s jokes about being pregnant and they didn’t know how much it hurt me.

Each month I wandered into baby stores and envisioned the items I would need.

Each month I talked myself out of going to see a fertility specialist for IVF.

Each month I grew deeper and deeper into depression and thought my dream of being a mom would never happen. This went on for year and years.

Then…….One day I made a call, made an appointment, met with a fertility doctor, listened to his advice, got on medicine, made healthy changes in my life, believed that IVF could work for me, believed I was worth the time, the commitment and the money, I believed that I would be a mom………and now I am!


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Please be sensitive this April Fool’s Day and think about the moms struggling to get pregnant or the ones who have been pregnant and miscarried. Think about the moms going through IVF who are patiently wait to hear the words “you’re pregnant”! Pregnancy is not a joke. So many of my friends have struggled with infertility and can relate to the story above. A story of courage and strength and determination to be a mom. As a doula, I have supported many moms through their pregnancy journeys after IVF, but some have been friends before and during IVF. I have been there for the emotional rollercoaster, the highs and lows, and the tears of joy and tears of sadness. IVF moms are some of the most amazing people I know and some of the strongest.


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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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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!

Lisa Raynor -Childbirth and Postpartum Doula

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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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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