Meet IBCLC and mindfulness educator, Lorraine Rocco, who joined the EmDo family earlier this spring. Lorraine brings her experience as a former Labor and Delivery Nurse, calm, easy-going presence, and deep well of knowledge to our clients at many points along their infant feeding journeys. She is the perfect compliment to our already existing goals-based practice and shares our vision for supporting families in feeding their babies in whatever ways feel right for them.Read More
We’re hired by families across the Triangle just like yours to encapsulate their placenta following birth. Often times, birthing people have questions about our process, and about placenta encapsulation, in general.
Today we’re discussing our top three most commonly talked about topics with a fun game of “Two Truths and a Lie”. Except (Spoiler Alert!) we’ll make this easy for you and tell you which is which as we go along!Read More
Have you ever wondered what's in a birth doula's Bag of Tricks?
Today, let's take a peek inside of one of the Emerald Doula's birth bags and see the collection of everyday objects we bring with us to each and every birth we attend. Note: This doula bag is representative of only what *this* specific doula carries with her (In this case, you're looking through the bag of EmDo Co-Owner, Ashley Rankin Collins).Read More
Editor's Note: Meet one of the newest members of the Emerald Doulas team! Birth Doula, Vanessa Safie, joined the EmDo Team this summer when she moved to North Carolina from Florida. She brings a wealth of experience, calm, and quiet confidence to her clients and their birth spaces.
1: Give us a three word summary of who you are.
Caffeinated. Witty. Efficient.
2: What drew you to a career as a doula?
What drew me to a career as a doula was the trauma my best friend felt during her first birth. I wanted to be there to hold her hand. So, I stuck my encyclopedia cd into my computer and found the definition a doula. I knew I wanted to be in service to anyone who would have me.
3: What's rocking your world right now, in birth or in parenting?
What's rocking my world in birth right now is the conversations happening around black maternal mortality, inclusion of trans people in the community, and the voices of those who have suffered trauma and assaults during their births being raised.
I'm doing a lot of reading and listening because it feels momentous.
4: When you're not doula-ing, where are we most likely to find you?
When I'm not doula-ing you can likely find me at one of my favorite coffee shops or playgrounds with my toddler. If I'm not there I'm in my kitchen baking something up!
5: What's your Top 5 Registry Must Haves for new parents?
- A Ring Sling! (I would say any baby wearing apparatus, but a ring sling is my all time favorite because of how long it can be used.)
- Halo sleep sacks
- Side car/co sleeper
- Manual breast pump
- Travel high chair
Bonus Fun Facts: In addition to English, Vanessa is also fluent in French and Spanish (she's conversational in Haitian creole, too!). She's also the mother of a micropreemie, Jackson, who was born at 26 weeks, and spent 86 days in the NICU before his homecoming.
Meet one of the most beloved and original members of the Emerald Doulas team! Birth & Postpartum Doula, Kallyn Boerner, has been an Emerald Doula since we first opened our doors in 2016! Kallyn brings experience, gentleness, and a little bit of magic to each of our clients and their birth spaces. You can read her full bio on our "Meet the Team" page, and learn a few extra, fun tidbits below!
Plus, be sure to check out Kallyn's Sunday Seminar in November, where she'll share her best tips as a professional, documentary-style photographer, for how you can capture your family's special moments in photos.Read More
Editor's Note: Katy Richards-Hrdlicka is one of our fabulous clients at Emerald Doulas, and a busy on-the-go mama and professional. She has a quite a bit of experience pumping and working and we asked her to share a bit about her process of pumping and traveling and what works for her. Thank you Katy!Read More
A few minutes later the doctor said “Here she comes, are you ready?” I have no idea if I was ready, but that was the moment I became a Mom. It didn’t matter that it was by c-section or that this birth looked nothing like my birth plan, it was incredibly awesome.Read More
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.Read More
I’m grateful for my C-section.
Was it ideal? No. But it was birth all the same. I have come to realize that it doesn’t matter how you become a mother and having a cesarean doesn’t make me any less of one. Another reason I’m grateful for my C-section is that it removed my fears over having to get a cesarean. I believe part of the reason I wanted to avoid it in my first pregnancy was largely related to fear of such a major procedure. Now that I have a broader awareness of cesareans and I am no longer afraid to have one, it makes the prospect of birth this second time around less scary.
I love having this new perspective as I plan for my VBAC with baby number two. No matter the way it’s done, my path to bring my babies into this world it one that I will always revere with pride. My C-section scar is forever proof that God did as he promised. He brought my baby boy into the world safely. So, celebrate your beautiful entrance into motherhood C-section mamas. You did it and your scar is your receipt.Read More
Meet one of the newest additions to the Emerald Doulas team! Birth Doula, Genevieve Hutchings, joined Team EmDo this year. Genevieve brings kindness, and a calm, gentle guidance to our clients and their birth spaces. You can read her full bio on our "Meet the Team" page, and learn a few extra, fun tidbits below!Read More
For many new parents, giving their baby a bath is one of the first big baby care events after surviving that first night home from the hospital.
Newborns seem so tiny and giving them a bath seems so intimidating!
But remember! Babies are people, too! And, even babies love a nice warm bath! Who doesn’t? Today, our lead postpartum doula, and skilled baby bath time expert, Suzanne Lee, breaks it down for you, step-by-step, so it won’t seem so scary. She first learned this method from Kim Bepler of ABC Doula Service in Portland Oregon, who created a video called "The Spa Bath", and has a few more luxurious details that we will leave out for a normal bath how-to.
We have found though that babies really love this bath process. Suzanne's even had a few sleep through bath time doing it this way!Read More
The Triangle is an area of North Carolina that’s rich with resources for birth doula support. After you sort through the profiles, read past client reviews, and narrow down your top choices, you’ll schedule consultations with your favorites.
But, how do you figure out if the person you’re sitting down with is *the* person you’ll want supporting you during one of the most vulnerable times of your life?
Here are a few really good questions for making the most of your consultation time and quickly assessing whether the doula you’re interviewing is the best fit for your birth goals.Read More
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!
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.
- Instant Pot - So. Much. Good. Food. So. Quickly.
- White Noise Machine - Consider getting two - one for parents, one for infant(s).
- 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!
We hear parents feeling like they have to excuse themselves for doing what was best for themselves or their babies. We hear them justify to someone why they aren’t enough.
But you are enough, no matter how your baby is fed.Read More
Let’s set the scene: You’ve just announced your pregnancy to your friends and family.
You’ve got some basic ideas of how you’d like your birth to unfold, and who you’d like to have by your side. Your family is brimming with excitement and your mother, and mother-in-law, and best friend, and your first cousin… they’ve all asked to be there on The Big Day by your side. Or, maybe there’s an unspoken desire that you can just feel from your friends and family that they expect to be there in the moment you welcome your baby into your arms.
So how do you tactfully tell your mother that your plans for birth may or may not include her being in the actual birth space?Read More
Planning out your packing strategy for your baby’s birthday? Today we’re sharing our top three tips for making the trek into labor and delivery a little easier for you (and, your birth team).
Then, read on for a handy list of what you really need to bring on the your baby's birthing day.Read More
We’re in the midst of one of the harshest flu seasons we’ve ever had. As a former client recently said, “We have officially reached that point in cold/flu season that feels like a zombie/outbreak movie. You hear a cough or sneeze in public and everything stops and that Vertigo camera effect kicks in because you all just know that innocent little cough means the zombie sickness is HERE in our MIDST.”
So, what happens when you find yourself overcome with the sniffles; or worse yet, the flu? (Because, as we know, babies don’t often recognize your request sick days off. #Rude)
We’ve got some tips to surviving sickness while also being responsible for a little one at homeRead More
Recipe testing isn't something that New Parents have the time and energy to do. And, not every recipe on the internet is as delicious as it's hyped to be. So we'll take it on for you! Each month, we'll test out an internet Instant Pot recipe. Then we'll report back here on our blog, sharing the steps involved and the tastiness that results.
First up? Moong Dal Khichdi. It's a gluten-free, vegetarian dish, made with rice and lentils and seasoned with turmeric, cumin seeds, curry leaves and other spices.Read More
As the days have grown darker and temperatures have dropped, I find myself delving into comforting activities that make me feel warm, cozy, and distract me from the doldrums of winter.
As I was hanging my fairy lights and looking up a warm hearty dinner to cook for my own family, I realized that this warm snuggly feeling I seek for myself is something we try to create everyday for our clients and their babies. In fact I realized, babies love Hygge!
Its something they seek constantly now that they are on the outside in the world. Hygge is an idea from Denmark, where it’s loosely translated as “coziness”. But really, its more a state of mind or lifestyle for a country that experiences many a long, cold dark day of winter. Savoring a cup of coffee, having a long candlelit talk with a friend, or donning your most comfortable clothes while relaxing at home are some of the things that are considered to be very Hyggeligt!
So how can we translate this state of living, the idea of Hygge into action, for not just babies, but for newly postpartum families?Read More
We did it! Emerald Doulas has made it through our second year, and holy wow. What. A. Year! 2017 was a year full of growth, full of joy, full of incredible moments (and some tough ones too, to be fair).
Just how busy were the Emerald Doulas last year? Here's a quick look back ...Read More