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10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with a Newborn

Tara Family, Infant Care, New Parents, Self Care 70 Comments

The holiday season is thrilling, joyful, delicious, and exhausting. Add a newborn into the mix and it’s just mostly exhausting. Take our advice from been-there-done-that moms who weathered the holidays with newborns in tow. Do you have any tips to add? Leave us a comment if you found this helpful!

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How Does a Doula Support The Birth Partner?

Tara Birth, Blog, Doula Support, Doulas, Family, New Parents, Pregnancy 727 Comments

A very common concern among expecting parents when considering a doula for their birth is how involved the partner will be once the doula joins them. There is a fear that the partner will somehow be replaced by the doula in supporting the laboring woman. When you choose a professional doula who understands how important the family unit is in …

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What’s In My Doula Bag

Tara Birth, Blog, Doula Support, Doulas, New Parents 2778 Comments

I had a client recently ask me what items I bring to births to help laboring women. I responded confidently and honestly, “Nothing!”. This might surprise you, since some doulas tote around everything but the kitchen sink in their “doula bags”. Some even lug around those giant birth balls for women to sit and rock on. But I don’t, and …

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Pregnancy, Depression, and Lost Time

Tara Birth, Blog, Dayton, Family, New Parents, Postpartum, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy, Self Care 55 Comments

This post was submitted anonymously. “You must be sooo excited! Congratulations!! This is the best news ever!! So happy for you!!” I heard this from everyone the moment I announced I was pregnant.  Inside though I harbored a dark secret.  I was not excited or happy. I sat on the phone listening to my other pregnant friends, I could not …