Now that I’ve had L, I’m getting a better idea of what I find helpful and not helpful to say to a parent with a new baby. Having been dealing with learning how to care for a baby in addition to postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, I have realized that when I’ve begun to vent or bring… Read More What I Don’t Want to Hear as a New Parent
Hiring a doula was something I wanted to do for G’s birth but the suggestion was shot down immediately. I couldn’t convince Mr Boots (or anyone really) that I wanted someone experienced in coaching a woman through childbirth helping me through labor. Very few people I knew were supportive of my wish for an epidural-free… Read More Hiring a Doula: Was it Worth It?
I had a lot of people wonder why I insisted on taking another birthing class when I had already given birth. They were even more surprised that the class I had my heart set on the Bradley Method which is a 12 week class. I couldn’t get Mr Boots to commit to this class when… Read More Bradley Method: Was it Worth It?
For the events that transpired Monday-Thursday leading up to L’s birth, please read this post. Friday I had a couple of contractions that woke me up, but I was able to fall back asleep quickly. Around 4am I started feeling contractions about every 15-20 minutes. I timed them while Mr Boots got ready for work… Read More L’s Birth Story: Delivery Day
In the past week Hubby and I met with three doulas. Now we’re trying to decide which one we want to hire for Delivery Day. It’s proving to be a tough decision to make. I’m hoping that writing all this out will help paint a clearer picture for me, and I’d love any input you could offer! Doula… Read More Doula Decision Time
The instructor for our crash course in natural childbirth was a DONA certified doula. I had heard of doulas before this, but didn’t think much of them until we took the class. She inspired me to look into DONA more and I learned more about what a doula does. I wanted one (and have considering training to… Read More Doula, Maybe?