Adding Doula Support To Your Baby Registry: A Step-by-Step Guide

Receiving gift certificates towards doula services is a really special way in which your friends and family can support your growing family. And while baby socks are sweet, gifting money towards your doula fund is a smart way to give something that truly lasts beyond the first growth spurt! Plus if this isn’t your first baby, asking for doula support instead of gifts helps avoid repeats of stuff you’re already planning to reuse or might not need this time.

Even better, our gift certificates can be used towards any service we provide, including doula support, lactation and infant feeding services, placenta services, and classes like our Spinning Babies® Parents Class, Childbirth Education, Newborn Care, or Modern Grandparents classes. So YOU get to choose how to maximize the generosity of your friends and family.

But, (you’re saying to yourself), doula services can’t be added to a typical registry list. That’s true. But, remember… we live in the future. Embrace the technology that’s so readily available to us these days, including a service called “Baby List”.

This site enables you to register for all kinds of things, from your more traditionally purchased items like carseats and baby clothes or services, like, ahem… the support of Emerald Doulas.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for setting your registry if you haven’t already …

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When Your Scar Doesn't Remind You Of A Smiling Face {Guest Post: Cesarean Awareness Month}

I still don't look back on my son's birth with good feelings.  My scar doesn't remind me of a smiling face, as an optimistic blogger proposed it should.

I still cringe when a friend or family member (always well-intentioned) says something along the lines of "at least you had a healthy baby" after I share my birth story. I still avoid news articles and slide shows featuring photos of mom looking lovingly into baby's eyes immediately after birth. 

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Meet the Emerald Doula: 5 Questions with Kait Goodnight

Editor's Note: Meet one of the newest additions to the Emerald Doulas team! Postpartum Doula, Kait Goodnight, joined Team EmDo this winter. Kait brings humor, understanding, and a steady, easy-going energy to our clients . You can read her full bio on our "Meet the Team" page, and learn a few extra, fun tidbits below!

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1. Give us a three word summary of who you are.

Hard-working.  Loyal.  Patient.

2. What drew you to a career as a doula?  

I love interacting with people and have long been drawn to working with people during important life decisions and changes, providing accurate information and options. I like being in the domestic environment, which I think should one of the most valued and supported spaces in everyone's life. 

Also, I just plain love holding babies, folding laundry, and tidying kitchens.  

3. What's rocking your world right now, in birth or in parenting? 

The Wonder Weeks (the book and the app). I have it on my phone and have traded thoughts on it with several parents. It is rather amazing how accurately the developmental leaps line up with babies' behavior. It explains those seemingly inexplicable changes in infant routines in relatable language, which makes it both a good educational AND reassurance tool for parents.  

4. When you're not doula-ing, where are we most likely to find you?

Cooking, while singing and dancing, and hanging out around my house with my wife and boys. 

5. What's your Top 5 Registry Must Haves for new parents?

  • Halo Sleep Sacks - great for swaddling AND unzip from the bottom making it easy to check diapers without totally stripping your baby down.
  • Rock and Play or some sort of slightly inclined sleeper - Works for tiny babies who don't like resting flat right after birth and for older babies who are awake for longer periods and like to look around the room!  Vibration feature is also a big plus.  
  • Puj Tub - great for newborn baths - is soft and flexible, holds a baby comfortably in a kitchen/ bathroom sink, and dries and stores flat.  You could probably even use it as a kneeling mat once an infant graduates to baths in the big tub!