We continue our celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week today, with a guest post from Emerald Doulas client, Joy Long-Vidal de Oliveira about some of her motivation for choosing to breastfeed. You also might recognize Joy, and her sweet daughter, from images on our website!Read More
Last week, the CDC released a very sad report of a premature infant who developed sepsis and meningitis from milk contamination. Because we understand that this is a potentially scary and confusing topic, and you may have questions about this case and how it may impact your pumping routine, our IBCLC, Victoria Facelli, offers her insight on safe pump and bottle washing, today on the blog.Read More
In those early days, the little, house chores tasks can grind. you. down. and take precious moments away from bonding with your newborn. Those same "small" tasks quickly snowball into a TON of housework, when you've got more important things to focus on (like your own recovery, or learning to breastfeed, or getting to know your new baby).
Why not take advantage of all those postpartum visitors, stopping by with a meal or to see the baby, asking "Can I do anything to help?"!
Today, we've got a FREE PRINTABLE, full of 5-Minute Task ideas to help put those postpartum visits to good use!Read More
November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. In fact today, Nov. 17, is World Prematurity Day. Not that families who experience a baby’s early arrival aren’t aware of prematurity. Because we are. All day. Every day.
This is a fact that I know intimately.
It’s that walk, that awareness, of where your child began life that never leaves your mind. It’s an awareness that seeps into your bones, and becomes engrained with your DNA.
As I sit here today, writing these words, retelling our story, six and a half years out from her birth day, I have tears in my eyes and a knot in my throat. That’s because knowing where our daughter started life and where she is now, it breaks my heart and heals it all at the same time.Read More
Tomorrow's Election Day!
Getting out of the house with a new baby can feel overwhelming on a good day. Getting out of the house with a new baby on Election Day? Monumental. If you're heading to the polls tomorrow for the first time since becoming a parent, we've got a few tips to help make your trip go as smooth as possible.Read More
Our vision for Emerald Doulas has always included offering comprehensive support options for families before a baby arrives to well beyond birth, and into the first year of parenthood. This vision now extends into our lactation services, too! We now offer shorter, 45-minute consults for these kinds of questions. These Mini-Visits and weaning visits are the perfect opportunity to give Dr. Google the boot and get your questions answered, your goals met with the same professionalism and personalized service you’ve come to expect from Emerald Doulas.Read More
Many families consider having a postpartum doula support after the birth of a new baby, but many are not quite sure how that looks within the privacy of their family home. In addition to day support, a popular choice among our families is to have their doula provide some overnight support. Today, Emerald Doula co-owner and Postpartum Expert, Suzanne Lee gives you a glimpse into what those wee hours look like, from your doula's perspective.Read More
Our birth stories? They are important. We tell them over & over; sometimes aloud, often to ourselves. They stay with us. I can tell you about my son’s birth, in great detail, even after 31 years. I haven’t forgotten a thing.
I remember how I felt every moment; physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Who we share our stories with? That's also really important.Read More
Ah, winter. For some it evokes visions of hot cocoa, warm fires, snuggling inside with your loved ones. For new parents, winter can feel like The Doldrums, as they look at life on the outside with wonder, awe... and desperation.
"I gotta get out of this house! But what do I DO with a newborn in the cold weather?"
Well thankfully dear readers, you're in (or around) the Bull City, one of the most family-friendly cities, and we've got some suggestions for you on today's 5 Things list.
The biggest post-baby change somehow sneaks up on you. You see, having a newborn can mean you’re always surrounded by people, and yet you also feel very isolated at the same time. A former client once said, “I’m never alone. I’m alone all the time.”Read More