This week’s blog post comes from Emerald Doula, and resident foodie, Vanessa. Vanessa is, in addition to being an incredible doula, an amazing home chef. She can make nearly any meal Instagram ready (and her InstaStories back up that claim!). Today, she’s sharing some of her favorite recipe links to help pregnant people consume the fabled “6 Dates A Day” for a possibly easier birth …Read More
Most often as birth doulas, we’ll talk about and share ways in which we support the birthing person during pregnancy and birth. That’s fair, though, right? Birthing people are doing a good portion of the work, and will need that support as they move through the process.
But did you know? Birth doulas also provide a lot of support specifically for partners, too!
How? Find out more …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
You may or may not know this, but doulas are particularly gifted at transforming ordinary, boring spaces into cozy, personalized nooks. This talent truly shines when a birth doula works their magic in a birthing space, turning a standardized (read: sterile and cold) hospital room into a magical birth cave. Today, they’re sharing their secrets on how you too can personalize your hospital room, to really create the safe, settled space in which you will welcome your baby...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
Picture this ...
You're at your baby shower, after the games, the hugs, the cake, the punch, the old photos of you and your partner as newborns, and you're just about to open the final gift on the table. Little do you know, this baby gift is likely one of the most valuable that anyone could give you. Instead of finding another set of socks or an additional adorable outfit, you discover that the gift-giver has bestowed you with a truly unique treasure...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
Childbirth class? Check. Reading completed? Check. Tennis balls, LED candles, and your hospital bag ready to go? Check. We're all set for the big day!
But wait, there's more.
Your relationship with your birthing partner is unique. No one knows her like you do, so she’ll rely on you more than she does on anyone else. Here are five things you can do to be a great birth partner ...Read More
We had another post planned for this week. A post that is more in line with our monthly focus of fatherhood and partners, but then, Orlando. And with it, we feel the need to reiterate our commitment to being a supportive, safe and affirming place for all families.
Straight families. Gay families. Queer families. Adoptive families. Surrogacy families. Foster families. Transgender families. We welcome you all with loving, kind and compassionate support that meets you where you are. As Lin-Manuel Miranda said recently, “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love” and we firmly believe that love makes a family.Read More
The most common topic we’re asked about as doulas surround the idea of birth plans.
What style should it be written in? Bulleted lists or paragraphs? How long should it be? Single-spaced or double? Sections or pages? What should really, really (no really) be included on one?
My answer may surprise you a bit. Believe it or not, I don’t think that you actually need a birth plan at all.
There, I said it.
Instead, I argue that the value of a birth plan lies in the research that goes into creating one.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
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